Ian has worked in education since graduating from Cambridge University. He led a modern languages department and a sixth form before becoming headteacher of a large comprehensive in Kent. The school was graded outstanding and is a Teaching School and SCITT. Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14. He now leads a cross-phase trust which includes a free school.
Ian chaired a review of Modern Languages in 2016 which led to the establishment of National Centre for Excellence in Languages Pedagogy at York University. He is the Department for Education advisor on RSHE and has led on the implementation of statutory RSHE in primary and secondary schools. He has been the Chair of Oak National Academy since it started in April 2020, and from January 2021 took over as chair of Ofqual. He is also chairing the DfE’s review of the ITT Market. He has been a trustee of NFER, and remains a trustee of Sabre Education which supports kindergarten education in Ghana. He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to education.