We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Dring to our senior leadership team as Business Development Manager. Ian comes with a wealth of relevant experience and a skill set that will greatly enhance our current capability. He will work with the CEO and Directors to build the Motiv-8 image and brand, as well as broadening our offer. Our aim is to reach and help more people towards employment nationally with our unique and highly successful coaching capability and we look forward to Ian playing an integral part of this.
Ian has had an unusually varied career as a scientist in electronics, bulk chemical manufacture and forensics before moving into the welfare to work sector. He started as a technician in a lamp making factory where he built the first prototype of the 1-kilowatt high pressure sodium lamp. After finishing his apprenticeship he went to Sheffield University as a mature student and stayed for six years, completing a PhD in collaboration with the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Oxfordshire using high powered lasers and a Kray super-computer to understand high temperature working environments such as those associated with internal combustion engines.
He then went on to join ICI where initially he spent four years working alongside some of the UKs top scientists on secondment at the Daresbury Synchrotron radiation source, making presentations at international conferences and writing papers on his work with X-rays to study surfaces. As a lead scientist in bulk chemical manufacture he helped develop a patent for a new manufacturing route to bleach and was on a pan European environmental task force.
Changes in the sector then led to a number of career changes that amongst other things included setting up a criminal justice DNA fingerprint lab before moving into the welfare to work sector. As well as business development in this sector he has undertaken frontline work with those furthest from the labour market including supporting people to move forward with issues associated with disabilities, mental health, offending and substance misuse. He has been responsible for helping to develop innovative approaches to support these individuals. Ian’s interest in this work has been driven by lived experience of dyslexia which led to him being initially educated in a ‘special needs’ class because of an inability to write. This has led to an understanding of how society can exclude people that are different but can contribute in many ways. Ian is a keen mountaineer, he has led expeditions that have climbed new routes in the Indian Himalayas and Greenland, he was a member of a UK master’s highest placed pairing in the Transalp challenge, one of the toughest multiday mountain bike races in the world. These days he can often be found sea kayaking around the Devon coast as well as partaking in his passion for landscape photography.
Director Phil Sampson commented: “We are delighted with Ian joining the team and bringing with him such a wealth of commercial and sector specific experience. He will be a great asset to the organisation and we look forward to him being an integral part of the companies future success”.
There has never been a better time to join Motiv-8’s highly experienced team assisting people into or back into work. The work is rewarding given the current employment system in the UK post Covid and Ian’s experience will contribute massively to the team. We are delighted in welcoming Ian to our highly experienced team.
If you are thinking about a new job or a change in your career please do contact us here at Motiv8 we are currently looking for Performance Coaches across Devon and further afield. We are also looking for employability experts and administrative assistants. If you want to work with a modern forward thinking organization with outstanding ethics then please do get in touch.