Ian is a Singapore PR and was born and bred in the UK. With a degree in Economics and having recently attained the certificate in Asset Management from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Ian’s educational background and passion is very much in the world of investing. On top of this strong academic foundation are numerous professional qualifications across many areas of financial services, in multiple jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. A career spanning nearly 2 decades, Ian has invested in, and navigated through bull and bear markets, full business cycles and is not only still around to tell the tales but has thrived and learnt much throughout them. More than 17 years of this career has been in Singapore in the financial advisory industry, with over 15 years at the same firm where he is also a shareholder. Clearly there is stability and longevity demonstrated with such a track record.
Ian has also co-founded businesses in different countries and in a wide range of sectors. Today he is a shareholder in several successful small companies, as well as sitting on more than one Board as a Non-Executive Director (NED). Business is not the only area of interest for Ian who is also keen on philanthropy and ‘giving back’. He’s supported many charities over the years as well as being an active part and driving force behind a lot of IPP’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy.
But it hasn’t always been plain sailing. He once had just one month’s rent in the bank and had to borrow money to get by. He made a fortune, and then lost fortunes in a divorce and some poor investments. Through these ups and downs he has had to budget tightly, and he has also enjoyed his wealth. All of this combined make Ian not only a trustworthy financial planner and investment adviser, but also means he can personally relate to the varying situations and challenges expatriate families and global citizens face today. There is a reason why he is in high demand as one of the best expat financial planners in Singapore. He is now financially independent and simply doing what he truly loves – helping people achieve their financial goals, whatever they might be.
Out of his suit Ian is a social golfer, cyclist and tennis enthusiast and likes the challenge of endurance sports having completed a number of marathons and a 50km trail run. His love for the outdoors and testing his personal boundaries extends to mountains and he has successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro (the world’s tallest freestanding mountain) and Mount Elbrus (the highest point in Europe), amongst others. He also enjoys travelling, food, wine, cigars and whiskey, as well as having a keen interest in horology as an avid watch collector. At home, he is currently family planning with his wife and loves long walks with his beagle, Luna.
Looking for financial advice for expats in Singapore? Contact Ian now.
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