Ian joined the Victorian Public Service in 1984 after six years at the Victorian Bar, and worked as a lawyer in the Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Minister of Finance, and as a policy adviser and manager in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Division of Further Education (Ministry of Education).
In 1992 he was recruited to establish an internal legal service in the Department of the Treasury (now DTF), and left his role there as General Counsel 20 years later in 2012. He developed an extensive practice in government and commercial law, and has also been a key leader and adviser to the department in relation to a wide range of policy and legislative matters, notably leading DTF's policy work in relation to a rewrite of the financial management legislation (Public Finance Bill 2010 and associated legislation) and the development of IP and data access principles.
Ian has held a number of international leadership roles in Amnesty International, including four years on AI's International Executive Committee. He is at present Secretary of the Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics, and in the Anglican Church Advocate and Synod Chair of Committees for the Melbourne Diocese and Chair of Committees and member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.
- Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics
- Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
- Australian Institute of Administrative Law
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Selden Society