Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Ian grew up in north-east England and gained a business degree from Teesside Polytechnic in the early '80s. In the 'real world' he is a freelance writer, having spent over twenty years working in information technology before discovering that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He currently lives in Greater Manchester and doesn't own a dishwasher.
In the mid '90s he made regular contributions to Martin Kelner for a late night show on BBC radio in northern England. Moving to the north-west in 1996, he continued to contribute items to Martin's Manchester based Jazz FM breakfast show.
His first cash-in-the-bank publishing credit was a Laughter the Best Medicine gag for Reader's Digest in 1998. Since then he has gone on to write topical comedy sketches for BBC Radio's The News Huddlines, and has had short stories published in Evergreen magazine, and in the WritersNet Anthology. He has stories published online in the e-zines Starving Arts and Crime Scene Scotland plus a co-written story on Admit Two.