Ian travels the world spreading his 40 years of Packaging knowledge and experience. His job includes best practise launch methods from product development stage to arrival in store and driving innovation in Packaging. He is also trained on colour and all printing processes.
He is now leading the way turning down the tap of plastic used in Food Packaging. This year Iceland declared first it would remove all plastic from it’s Own Label products by 2023. This was the catalyst to change government, consumer and industry thinking on the use of single use plastics. The rest is now history.
He started his career in the Co-operative Head Office in Manchester qualifying in packaging development/engineering before moving into buying and marketing roles.
In the mid 80’s, he joined retailer Iceland (for the first time) as Own Label Manager to develop the Iceland brand looking after design, packaging and technical. In his time there, he initiated and managed the launch of over 8,000 lines.
Ian then moved to the supplier side, working with a number of companies providing product solutions which included design, packaging technology, project and asset management, vendor management, product development, artwork/pre press services and printing to the largest FMCG brands around the world.
Ian joined Sun Branding Solutions(was Gilchrist) in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and was instrumental in the companies’ product and service development and growth, using his experience and unique perspective to scope and develop bespoke launch solutions for FMCG brands and retailers.
In 2013 he re-joined Iceland after the company went private again under the original owner Sir Malcolm Walker. Iceland now turnover £3bn with 900 stores and sell in 40 countries. He looks after all graphics and packaging including the Own Label process. He works directly for Nigel Broadhurst the MD and is acknowledged as being the most senior packaging person in UK retailing.(All other Packaging people work several layers down in other retailers)
Ian is a fellow member of the Institute of Packaging(IOM3) and Institute of Marketing.