Ian inspires his audiences with his story of overcoming adversity. He shares his journey of being a former looked after child, who lived with around 20 families and several children’s homes, struggling with drug addiction, and entering the criminal justice system at the age of 16. Today, he reflects and shares his growth points and encourages those who have experienced similar journeys as him.
His passion, genuineness and charm galvanize his audience to take inspired action to change their lives. He regularly conducts training in prisons in England and international platforms particularly around his learning on the internal and external factors impacting children, young people and adults affected by alternative care, drug addiction, and marginalisation.
Ian’s social work qualification and professional experience of working in international childcare reform, he worked in a foundation that supports NGO’s and governments with an agenda towards deinstitutionalisation propels his advocacy. For the past ten years, Ian has drawn on his personal experience of being in care and his social work training to support foster carers, and with children and young people to increase their engagement and participation.
Ian is on a personal mission to continue to understand self and inspire understanding and compassion towards human adversity.