Ian was first elected to Cherwell District Council in 2015 before being elected a representative of the Fringford and Heyfords Ward in 2016. He is passionate about the needs of the rural community and protecting each village's unique heritage. Ian has lived in the heart of the area in Ardley with Fewcott for 24 years and has been involved in several local campaigns including opposition to the Ardley wind turbines and defending the area against excessive local development both industrial and residential. He is anti-HS2 and has been involved in efforts to retain vital acute services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.
Ian currently serves as an Executive Member of Cherwell District Council, where amongst other things, he is responsible for delivering partnership working between the District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. He is also a non-executive director of Graven Hill in Bicester, which will be, when complete, the largest self-build site in the country.
In May 2017, Ian was also elected as the County Councillor for the Ploughley Division covering many of the same villages as he does as a District Councillor. In this role, Ian has restored community bus routes, pushed the case for the installation of a pedestrian crossing at Heyford Park School, continued to address ongoing odour and noise issues from Finmere landfill site and campaigned for funding for communities that will be impacted by HS2, East-West Rail and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
The Fringford and Heyford Ward comprises the villages of; Ardley with Fewcott, Bainton, Baynards Green, Bucknell, Caulcott, Chesterton, Cottisford, Finmere, Fringford, Fulwell, Godington, Hardwick, Hethe, Heyford Park, Juniper Hill, Kirtlington, Little Chesterton, Lower Heyford, Middleton Stoney, Mixbury, Newton Morrell, Newton Purcell, Stoke Lyne, Stratton Audley, Tusmore and Upper Heyford.