Ian retired as a lecturer at Stevenson College 2007.
Ian has been a councillor for over twenty years and during that time held a number of positions. including vice-convenor of Economic Development, and chair the council’s Environment committee.
In the following administration, Ian was Depute Leader of the Council and Chair of the Capital City partnership, responsible for sdeveloping a joint approach to tackling social inclusion and poverty in Edinburgh's four peripheral housing estates. During my chairmanship, unemployment in the estates was reduced to within 5% of the Edinburgh average. Indeed, in South Edinburgh we succeed in reducing it to within 1% of the Edinburgh average.
Ian has also served a chair of the council’s economic development company which was responsible for the regeneration of Craigmillar.
Ian has been elected both the chair and secretary of the Labour Group on two different occasions.