Ian has a distinguished record in sport, business and public life. A lifelong cricket fan, he attended his first match in 1968, and two of his sons played at Lindow CC in Cheshire. He began his career with Andersen Consulting/Accenture, rising to become the firm’s youngest ever UK managing partner and from 2000-04 he served as the first CEO of Accenture UK. He moved into the Civil Service and was a Permanent Secretary at 10 Downing Street from 2005 to 2007, before moving to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and then the Cabinet Office. In 2016 he was appointed by the Queen to chair the Board of Civil Service Commission, a post he holds until 2021 where he assures that appointments are made openly, fairly and on merit. He has reported to five Prime Ministers. Ian was Chief Executive of the Football Association in 2009 to 2010, including overseeing the launch of the Women’s Super League. He was a member of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup Board, and has also been a board member of the English Institute of Sport and an independent non-executive director of the English Football League. He has been a Church Commissioner, chair of the Migraine Trust and a non-executive director at the Office of the Information Commissioner.