Ian read Dentistry at the University of Birmingham and following qualification in 1990, worked as a house surgeon at Birmingham Dental Hospital. In 1992 he completed a Vocational Training year based at a general practice in Tamworth, and simultaneously worked part time as a clinical assistant in the Paediatric Dentistry department at Birmingham Dental Hospital.
In 1992/3 Ian worked part time as a clinical assistant in Restorative Dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital, and also in 1992 was appointed part time clinical lecturer at the School of Dentistry, he is currently Deputy Head of Firm C GDP Clinic. During this period Ian continued with his NHS general dental practice commitment.
In 1996 along with two colleagues he became a principal of Shipston Dental Practice in South Warwickshire which has held the BDA Good Practice Award since 2003.
In 2004 Ian was appointed as a consulting clinical lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London.