Ian has been a Zoologist, Information Engineer, business management consultant and business excellence assessor.  He has a Masters degree in Genealogical studies and is a tutor on the Masters programme at the University of Strathclyde.  He undertakes occasional professional assignments and is Chairman of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.
He researches his own Scottish family and has a book on one branch, the Alexanders, that even gained the Bruce Henderson Award for family history writing.  He is the chronicler of the Mewburn family of North Yorkshire and Durham and maintains a one-name study for them.