Ian worked on the Stanton Estate for ten years, gaining experience and also attending Broomfield College where he gained his City and Guilds qualifications. Chatsworth then beckoned and Ian joined the staff in 1972, initially working as a general gardener. It wasn't long before his promise was noted and in 1974 he was promoted to the position of Glasshouse Foreman with a responsibility for the tropical, Mediterranean and cold glasshouse plants. This position, included the cultivation of vines, later to become one of Ian's real specialities.
He gained a promotion to Assistant Head gardener and developed his skills creating exhibits for Chatsworth at the RHS Halls in London for 20 years producing countless winning exhibits and a reputation for his exceptional skill in production and display. Ian's talents were used from flower decoration for the private rooms at Chatsworth, to fruit and vegetable displays at the RHS Halls and of course representing Chatsworth at the World famous Chelsea Flower Show. 1999 saw Ian become Chatsworth's Head Gardener with overall responsibility for over 100 acres of garden as well as managing budgets, Health and Safety and of course, 20 gardeners.In 2007 Ian was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour. In 2009 Ian took on the further responsibility of 12,000 acres of parkland.
In 2011 he took semi retirement but became Gardens Curator and became involved in training the gardening team in vine and peach management, Show exhibitions and plant recording. He retired from this role in 2012