Ian is the former General Counsel/Company Secretary of the Wilkinson Group, a major retailer with 340 stores nationwide and 23,000 employees. At Wilkinson he covered all major areas of law as well as acting as Secretary to the Board. He began his career practising at the common law bar but has spent most of his time as an in-house lawyer and consultant working across the construction, financial services, gas and chemicals and retail sectors. He is an Associate of Ashridge Business School where he lectures in corporate governance and of the Chief Legal Officer Programme. As well as being a lawyer, Ian has an MBA from Ashridge. In his spare time, he acts as a Trustee of Elizabeth Fitzroy Support, a charity for people with learning disabilities.