Ian has been appointed Business Manager at Desert Knowledge CRC and will commence on 10 April 2006. He has been a resident of the Northern Territory since 1985 with his wife Alison and their three children, and is recognised by his professional association as a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Since graduating as an accountant from Deakin University in his hometown of Geelong, Ian has gained experience in a range of positions. He initially worked as a commercial accountant in Melbourne for eight years with retail and trading companies. Since moving to the Territory 20 years ago, he has worked with a number of Aboriginal organisations and communities, which includes twelve years as financial controller with the Central Land Council (CLC).
In recent years he has been involved in Local Government and in the past two to three years as Director of Finance with the Alice Springs Town Council.
Ian has also enjoyed living and working in other parts of the Territory, including five years in the early 1990s in the Top End at Yirrkala Community and Yirrkala Business Enterprises in Nhulunbuy, and a computer company in Darwin.
Ian is no stranger to cross-cultural situations and for much of his employment at CLC was heavily involved with mineral royalty distributions through incorporated associations that were developed to encourage investment strategies. Property investments and joint venture arrangements were accessed through networks with Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Company Pty Ltd.
Ian has a strong background in financial reporting and systems development and is very keen to participate in Desert Knowledge commercialisation.