Some of you may remember Ian for his public appearances as Chairman of Staffordshire and West Midlands Region. Ian possessed a professional ease with which he closed the Manchester Conference by inviting those present to join him for the Birmingham Conference the following year. For those who took up the invite, Ian was there with a warm welcome and another articulate speech. For a Methodist minister it is perhaps no surprise that Ian was proficient at delivering when presented with an audience.
Ian had been a staunch supporter of the FSB for over 20 years. He would take on any role with ease. He had been a private secretary to the Minister for Trade and Industry and chair of his accountancy body. He understood with ease committees and tax affairs and provided advice to a number of voluntary bodies including local churches.