Ian has lived and worked in the Mid West all of his life. Ian lives locally with his wife Barbara and three teenage children.
For most of his life, Ian was involved in farming grain and sheep. He spent time in the local Army Reserve Unit, as a Grain Councillor for the WA Farmers Federation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Mid West Development Authority and as a farmer member of the Western Panel of the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Ian is the patron of the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club, the patron of the Greenough Rifle Club, and the vice-patron of the Western Australian Rifle Association. He is a member of the WA Farmers’ Federation, the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Geraldton Rotary Club.