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CEO Training and Mentoring

Ian and Stewart


Ian has a degree in International Marketing and an MBA and shares his time between homes in Austria and the UK. Born in England, Ian has lived and worked in England, Australia, France, U.S.A. and Italy.


He spent 16 years with BASF initially in Marketing, before taking on the role of a turnaround or restructuring specialist, working in several of their businesses across a number of countries. In his penultimate role at BASF (Divisional VP EMEA) he delivered 3 years of record profits and record sales in a division with revenues of €167m in the middle of a recession. His last role at BASF saw him turn a loss-making business into a profitable one in just one year.

Subsequently Ian has continued his passion for the world of startups and turnarounds, and has recently spent 3 years successfully restructuring an ailing financial services business in the UK. Currently working as an Expert in Residence at Imperial College, Ian continues to mentor and coach early-stage businesses with a focus on ESG and related sectors, working directly with a number of them as an NED, Advisor or Consultant.

Stewart’s success across a range of businesses stems from an ability to understand Concept and manage detail.


There are some common themes that run through all his business experiences:

• The vision to identify and seize an opportunity.

• The analysis of market need.

• The preparation, funding and timely execution of a plan.

• The generation of profit and creation of value.

Stewart’s reputation as an effective NXD/Chairman has attracted the interests of several businesses. He has recently held three Chairman roles of FCA authorised entities ranging from Fund Management to a Peer to Peer investment business.


He also has an interest in a Marine Engineering company, is Chair of a local charity and a Trustee of Age UK Portsmouth.

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