Ian is also the Director of the Schumacher Institute and is a past president of the UK Systems Society. His early career was in Operational Research, MSc (1975) and he co-founded a successful software company in 1982.

In 2002 he completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder of The Converging World and is on the advisory board of Low Carbon South West.