Senior Communications Consultant
Ian brings over 30 years of communications experience with him to Crisis Shield, including working in key roles in central and local government and for various leading charities, organisations and agencies.
Ian’s communications career began in the press office at Number 10 Downing Street, where he worked for eight years for both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He followed this by working as a press officer for the Metropolitan Police Service, including for a year in their 24 hour a day/365 days a year Press Bureau, which is known as the busiest press office in Europe.
Since then, Ian has worked for a wide range of clients and companies, including in senior roles for many voluntary sector organisations. These include ten years as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at cancer charity Bowel Cancer UK; and time spent in similar roles at animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports; at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; and at the campaigning training charity, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.
Ian has also worked for the award winning environmental project, the Boulevard Project at Camden Council; on the One Amazing Borough post-millennium campaign for Greenwich Council; and for the Department of Health, leading the PR team working on their Erase Stigma campaign, a high profile, mental health awareness initiative designed to end the media’s use of stigmatising language when referring to mental health service users.
Other organisations Ian has worked for include: AES Nile Power (in Uganda); All We Can; BUPA; the Quarry Products Association; Škoda; The Survey Association (TSA); Variety; WaterAid and many others. He also wrote a play and numerous speeches for EE highlighting the technological home revolution; promoted Ericsson's products, such as smartphones, in the media, including for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies; and produced promotional films for Alfred Dunhill and Aston Martin.
Ian has also won a number of awards, including for his charity work. He has been included in the PR Week Power Book several times and was twice voted Xchange Team's public affairs freelancer of the year. Outside of his communications work, Ian also runs a successful film company, Little Dude Films, which produces high quality short and feature films.