Ian was born in London to Irish parents, and lived in Sligo for part of his childhood after the family moved back there.

Having returned to London to study, he qualified as a barrister in 1997 and now works for Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, a specialist litigation firm in London. His practice principally involves commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as corporate recovery and insolvency matters.

He joined the Board of LIC in 2010.