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Ian (Gaelic for John) was born in Perth and raised in the 'Kingdom o' Fife'. Following a classical education at Dollar and Perth Academies, he trained with the Royal Air Force as an electronics apprentice before, as aircrew spending several years on Avro Shackleton aircraft searching for intrusive, Soviet submarines or harassing the odd spy-trawler! Ian saw active service in Cyprus, Aden, Labuan and with the Oman Air Force. At one point in his military career, he spent what he describes as 'interesting times without a camera' at Edwards AFB in California.
Ian earned his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (F.Inst.SMM).
On leaving the RAF after twelve years, Ian pursued a new career in publishing, firstly with Robert Maxwell's Pergammon Press where he managed the 'Scottish operation' before joining American publishers, Holt, Reinhart & Winston, working in both London and New York. In this publishing capacity he visited Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic, attending various book fairs during the cold war era! Returning to his beloved Scotland, he was appointed Public Relations Officer with British Rail and later became the first appointed Commercial Officer for ScotRail. Following privatisation of the UK rail industry, Ian left to form his own consultancy specialising in Public Relations and Business Management,
For four years, Ian was also Vice-Chairman of South West Durham Health Authority and became known for his outspoken views on mental health care in that area. In 1990 he was appointed Chairman of the prestigious Environmental Health Foundation in Luxembourg. Four years later he shared the same position for the European Health Research Organisation in Bruxelles.
Maintaining a strong interest in all things 'aviation', Ian occasionally lectures on Royal Air Force history and European Defence issues. He is the author of several published works on modern military aircraft (Projectair Phantom II series) and his first, major novel is due to be published later this year. Ian spend much of his time travelling and writing in France and the United Kingdom. Currently he is working on his third novel, based on the intriguing events surrounding the launch of the CSS Alabama and its 'owner', Confederate Agent, James Dunwoody Bulloch!
With a firm belief in holding politicians to account, Ian's correspondence with many Government institutions can be said to be forthright and controversial! He is a passionate devotee of Scottish history and the American Civil War, proudly recording two confederate veterans in his wider family. He is married to Madelaine, (in his words) 'the present, expensive Mrs Dewar' with whom he looks after several, 'ailing' cats!