Ian is the former chair and a founding director of SDI. He is the originator of the Self Manged Learning approach, developing the theory and establishing its name in the late 1970s.  Ian left the Board of the company in 2021 to devote more time to the Self Managed Learning College based in Sussex, UK. He founded the College in 2000 and serves as its Chair of Governors.  SML College is currently the key project of the UK registered charity, Centre for Self Managed Learning Limited, bringing the SML experience to young people aged 9 to 16. Previously, as Chair of SDI, Ian worked as a consultant to organizations around the world for over 40 years. He held visiting professorships at universities in Hungary, India, the UK and the USA . He was the Chief Executive of Roffey Park Management Institute from 1987 to 1993.  He has published 8 books and over 100 articles and papers on education, organisational change, learning, strategic management, leadership and management development, self-management and cross-cultural management.