Ian has spent his entire working life in music, first as a horn player, with the RSNO/Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 Ian joined the UK Musicians' Union as Scottish/Northern Ireland Organiser and in 2005 was appointed Head of Music at the Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. Ian has earned a wide international reputation through successfully promoting the music and musicians of Scotland. In 2013, Ian was elected to the executive board of the European Music Council, based in Bonn, Germany and was elected President/Chair in 2015. Ian also serves on the International Music Council Executive Board in Paris, the Board of the International Society for the Performing Arts based in New York and, in 2017, he joined the Board of multi-media arts organisation Cryptic.