Ian was born and grew up in Melbourne where he lives and works in the suburb of Montmorency. Starting his career as an Art Teacher with the Victorian Education Department he continued his studies at night school and during his time in education has worked in school administration, curriculum development, as a state wide arts advisor and as a educational film and Television producer.
In 1987 Ian took a break from teaching to establish Wattle Studios a Photography and Video production business in Eltham. In this capacity he has produced many promotional videos for commercial and corporate clients and provided extensive professional photographic services.
Ian returned to teaching part-time in 1994 as a secondary school Arts, Photography and Media Studies teacher to VCE level. Both his work in this field and Wattle Studios have continued to the present.
Concurrently Ian served for 45 year in the Australian Army Reserve, having initially been conscripted for service during the Vietnam War. He initially spent time in logistics and water transport which saw him spend a summer in Antarctica, later he worked in recruiting where he made a number of promotional videos and then spent 15 years in Public Affairs. Ian also served on overseas peace keeping operations. He retired from the Defence Force in 2014 at the rank of Major.
Ian is also passionate about community service and has been a member of Rotary International for 25 years. He spent has spent time in Timor Leste leading teams building a school and has been involved in many other Rotary projects. He has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for outstanding service.
His leisure time pursuits include sailing, cricket and most recently flying a light aircraft.
Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Coburg Teachers College.
Commissioned Officer Australian Army Reserve
Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts; majoring in sculpture and photography RMIT (formerly PIT)
Bachelor of Education, majoring in film production. La Trobe University
Art Teacher Victorian Dept of Education
State wide Arts Consultant Victorian Dept of education
Primary Vice principal/acting principal
Curriculum Materials Production Officer/Film and Television producer with the Education Department
Present day Wattle Studios Photographers and Video producers.
Present Day Part- time teacher of Senior Secondary School students of Photography and Media Studies.
Present day Member of Eltham Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow
Army Reserve Officer