A chartered engineer, business analyst and former RAF officer, Ian comes to the role from Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge where he fulfilled consulting, strategy analysis and business planning roles.
At Suffolk Chamber, Ian joins a growing team working in collaboration with EDF, the company behind Sizewell C, to ensure local and regional companies are ready to win work during the construction of the new nuclear power station planned for the Suffolk coast.
His main role will be to manage work packages being issued by Sizewell C and the Civil Works Alliance of Tier 1 contractors, understand what is required, and, where possible, find local companies who have the expertise and capacity to fulfil the work. Ian will also undertake gap analysis on companies registered on the supply chain database, to make sure they are fully aligned with the necessary accreditations and governance to work on the project, so they are fit to bid as contracts become available.
Of his new appointment Ian said: “I wanted to move into something with growth potential and a sector that is recognised by Government as being key to our nation’s future.
“I believe the energy sector as being crucial to the UK’s economic wellbeing, and with nuclear power complementing renewable energy sources, it will also be important to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
“In order to secure funding and support for the programme, it is vital that the potential benefit to the local and national economy is realised. By having a substantial local component to the supply chain, there is also greater likelihood of delivering the enduring local legacy we seek for the project.”
Ian, who has lived in Suffolk since the early 1990s, also believes that a large infrastructure project like Sizewell C will re-awaken the county’s proud industrial heritage and make a significant contribution to net zero 2050.
“I see Sizewell C as key to creating new opportunities to replace lost legacy industries in Suffolk and giving a positive future to some of the communities that have been hit by that decline, especially for the younger generations.”
Gareth Davies, head of engagement in the Sizewell C Supply Chain team said he is delighted to welcome Ian on board.
“Ian’s background in the aerospace industry gives him a nuanced understanding of highly technical and highly regulated industry,” he said.
“As a Suffolk resident, I know he is excited about supporting the Chamber’s contribution to the long-term economic future of both Suffolk and the region by ensuring that we maximise opportunities for the local and regional supply chain to work at Sizewell C. His appointment also reinforces Sizewell C’s commitment to create employment within the region and we will continue to grow our team, strengthening support for this game-changing project.”