Now working in Dubai for global private security firm Olive, Ian’s diverse and inspiring career has involved serving as Army Officer, enjoying a brief rugby career with Ireland’s Lansdowne team, to working on New York’s Wall Street.
How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat?
I had the exceptional honour in 1979 to gain a place at The Blue Coat School, and enjoyed many happy years of excellent education, wondrous sport and tunnel running in peg leg corridor (if you haven’t tried it; well that’s another story). I was also appointed Head of School during the tenure of the late great Headmaster JP Arnold Craft.
How did your experience at the School prepare you for your career?
The schooling and sporting upbringing the Blue Coat had provided me was at the fore when I became the first ever officer in the regiment’s history to be awarded the Director of Infantry’s prize for the best officer student on the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course at The School of Infantry in Warminster in 1990.
What has been your path since leaving School?
I enjoyed an exceptionally tough but gratifying journey, through the rigours of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then a ten year career as an Army Officer in one of the oldest Infantry Regiments in the British Army. I was lucky enough to serve operationally in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, The Falkland Islands (where I was fortunate to meet my future wife, Susanne) Cyprus and London. I left the army in 1998 to start a career with Citigroup in Dublin (including an exciting but short-lived Rugby career with Lansdowne). Then onwards across to Wall Street in New York, and then many demanding years working in the city of London and Frankfurt as a Consultant to the Investment Management Industry until finally settling into life in rural Wirral.
What do you do now?
In 2013 I was asked to a meeting in the Special Forces Club in Knightsbridge, and from there the roller coaster ride into Dubai and the Private Security Industry commenced. Since June 2013 I have been the Head of Project Management for a global private security company called Olive Group overseeing the mobilisation and support to over 5,500 contractors, over 600 armoured vehicles worldwide and a burgeoning order book that will see us hitting over $300 million dollars in revenue in 2015…and I have just returned from Iraq. Life can be very interesting indeed.
Many thanks to the Liverpool Blue Coat School and good look to all the current students. Not for one self, but for all!