I have been part of MAIN for many years. In fact, I remember the bungalow on the grounds of The Beverley School in Middlesbrough where parents and carers met for a coffee with a chance to support each other; back then it was named, The MAIN Project. My two boys were about 7 and 8 years, at the time
I have two children who are on the autistic spectrum – now adults. They both accessed services that MAIN delivered, including Come Dine with MAIN and after school and holiday clubs.
I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for many years. I did take a break in 2018 and came back to the Board in late 2021. I am the designated Safeguarding Trustee. MAIN has a robust safeguarding policy which everyone understands and uses.
With my personal experience around learning disability and autism and my experience of mental ill health in my day job I feel I have a lot to offer this Charity.
Ian has over 30 years’ experience in operational and strategic housing covering private sector and social housing. Ian has led the successful creation of a number of new Register Providers levering investment off over £150m of into the existing and new homes. Ian led the housing management function for an RP with over 11,000 homes and activity contributed to the wider strategic development of the business.
Ian currently is the Managing Director of Onsite Building Trust, a charity that is reasonable for a range of community assets in Stockton. Working with partners and staff Ian has lead the growth of the charity into a successful business projecting much loved community facilities.
Ian sits on the Board of three Register Providers, delivering homes to tenants with a range of complex needs. Ian also is the Chair of Whitehouse Primary School in Stockton on Tees.
Ian’s hobbies include rock climbing, surfing, cycling and hill walking.
Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Member of the Institute of Environmental Health.