In October 1960 whilst serving with a British Army Territorial Unit in London, Ian started work as a trainee PI with the Quartermaine Investigation Group based in South London. He then served as a police officer for a brief period until in 1966 he was enticed back to the private sector, as the General Operations Manager of Barrie Quartermaine's new acquisition, Southern Provincial Investigations. He handled high profile, politically sensitive cases in the 1960s and 1970s and successfully managed major corporate clients and various foreign governments in the UK and elsewhere.
In 1979, Ian was appointed as the National Security Advisor to the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to advise and set up a commercially based intelligence service. He provided high value intelligence to the Seychelles, US and UK authorities and prevented several planned mercenary incursions intended to overthrow the Seychelles government. Ian has featured as a spokesman for the Seychelles government on a US documentary TV programme called "60 minutes". This show was a one hour special called "Spies Islands".
Ian is also a founding member of the World Association of Professional Investigators. He has served on the governing council from 2001 to 2014 and completed 5 terms as chairman. He had a license for over 10 years as a PI in Maryland, USA where he is a Member of NALI, NCISS and NAPPS. He has been the Regional Director, Region VIII (International) Membership Section of the National Association of Legal Investigators. Plus, he was an assistant editor for international news with PI Magazine.
Ian also holds an NVQ level 4 in investigations and has represented WAPI on the (UK) ISG - Investigator Sector Group and represented the UK and Irish PI Sectors in the negotiations with Government Ministries regarding the regulation of the private investigation sector.
After 57 years at the forefront, Ian is now a Consultant to the Family Business of Priority Investigations located in London, Belfast and Dublin providing economic and skilled services around the world.