Born in Kenya to Welsh parents who have a passion for wildlife especially snakes. He came to Australia from the UK in 1980.
He has a strong agricultural background having spent most of his working life involved in agriculture of some sort. Ian owns and operates the family run business, Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo.
Snakes Downunder was set up initially as a mobile reptile demonstration in 1999 and then it was transformed into a permanent onsite arena in 2001. Snakes Downunder Reptile Park opened in January 2007. He became the reptile representative for the QSMP in 2010 and a member of the ZAAQ management committee in 2011.
Ian became a board member in 2016 as the Queensland representative and is proud to be a part of ZAA whose members strive to improve all the facets of the industry and whose Accreditation Program for positive animal welfare is internationally renowned. He would like to help ZAA maintain it’s leadership in this field and to help promote the conservation efforts of it’s members. Just as importantly he would like to be a voice for the privately-owned ZAA members particularly the smaller facilities.