Ian is your strong local voice for Mansfield in the Queensland Parliament.
He has been married to his wife Heather for over 30 years and has two adult children.
He has a strong connection to Brisbane’s southside – having lived here, gone to school here, and cheered with the East’s supporters at Lang Park when Jeff Fyfe kicked the winning field goal in the 1972 Rugby League Grand Final – East’s first premiership for 22 years!
Ian was elected as the Member for Mansfield at the 2012 state election. On 12 April 2012, he was appointed Assistant Minister for Planning Reform and on 20 February 2013 was appointed Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. On 31 January 2015, Ian was re-elected as the Member for Mansfield for a second three-year term. He is currently the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice and Planning as part of the strong LNP Opposition team.
He is an active supporter of local P&C’s, Neighbourhood Watch groups, Lions and Rotary clubs, environment groups, scout clubs and many more. He is Patron of a number of community organisations. He also volunteers for the Mt Gravatt Meals on Wheels service on a regular basis.
Prior to entering Parliament, Ian was a partner in the world’s fifth largest law firm and chaired the government review of Queensland’s heritage legislation. Ian was active in many community groups – most notably the Anglican Church in which he served at national, diocesan and parish level. He was a trustee of Lord Mayors Community Trust – serving Brisbane’s youth in need.
Ian’s interests include classical music and rugby league.