Ian has been a Trustee since 2014 and is a former chair.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I was an Army Officer and then an NHS senior leader.   I now run a specialist management consultancy, supporting the public sector. 

How do you feel about the North East?

I was born in Northumberland, and still live in the county.  So despite spending 20 years travelling the world – there’s definitely no place like home!

Why have you chosen to be a Trustee of Children North East?

Having two children, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing children and young people today and how hard growing up can be.  However, I passionately believe that those challenges can be reduced or overcome if we put our hearts and minds to it. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child I never knew what I wanted to be, and when I joined the Army it was mostly in the hope that they would work that out for me. It was not until I was 47 that I finally worked it out and duly set up my own consultancy.  There does seem to be great pressure on young people to know exactly what they are going to do once they leave education, but my advice to those who don't know is to say 'yes' to opportunities that come their way; if you like it do more of it, if you don't then look for the next opportunity.  Variety is the spice of life!