Ian was most recently the CEO of Ballintrae, a boutique Market & Reference Data consultancy specialising in the Financial Services sector, assisting clients with compliance in the Data Licensing requirements of Exchanges, Index Providers, Ratings Agencies and other Data Providers. He was also a Director of Tantallon, an IT Security Consultancy which delivers innovative and effective Cyber Security Defence Products and Solutions that protect organisations’ digital assets. Ian understands the challenges facing entrepreneurs in raising finance and in two ventures raised £31m equity capital and in another £120m of equity and debt. Having started his career in Sales & Marketing with BAT, he moved to Citigroup where he successfully created a multi-billion dollar currency payment product for the Travel sector. Ian later joined the real-time financial information division of Knight-Ridder and developed the strategy which established them into 30 European and Asian countries and the first dual listing of a NYSE quoted company onto the Tokyo Stock Exchange, after which he was appointed MD of UK & Ireland operations. While leading the real-time treasury information division of Cognotec he grew the business until it was the market leader with 54% market share. In 1997 he joined Spring Group as General Manager. In this role he devised the strategy of workforce management for organisations and led the winning £650m outsourcing bid to manage Barclays' IT contingent workforce. Before joining Ballintrae he consulted to The Albany Group assisting with the development of a HR outsourcing business and a workforce managed service. Ian holds a post graduate in marketing having studied at the London Guildhall University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.