Ian is an internationally recognised partnering specialist and thought leader who is at the leading edge of cross- sector partnering development and practice. As an expert in this field he is sought after as a strategic adviser, keynote speaker, coach and mentor.
Ian acts as a change agent and is able to ‘bridge the divide’ between the business, government, community and education sectors. He works in the space between organisations and is able to navigate through the maze of complex relationships and competing interests to achieve results.
As an internationally accredited partnership broker he has been a pioneer for the emerging discipline of partnership brokering in the Australasian and South Pacific Region. From 2009 to 2014 Ian held the license for the Partnering Brokers Training Level 1 program which he conducted within the Asia Pacific Region on behalf of the Partnership Brokers Association in the UK.
One of Ian’s most challenging roles has been as the Independent Chair of the South Australian Native Title Resolution initiative from January 2000 until February 2009. This initiative involved peak bodies representing mining, pastoral, and fishing interests; the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia (representing 23 native title claim groups); the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement as well as state and local government. He made a significant contribution to this statewide initiative both as the Independent Chair and as Facilitator of many Indigenous Land Use Agreement negotiations across South Australia.
Ian has developed a Partnering by Design™ methodology that is the foundation for a number of short course training programs designed to assist partners to build their partnering capacity. This methodology has been used extensively within many sectors to help solve complex challenges and issues, increase productivity, reduce risk and above all add value to all partners.
Ian has over 25 years experience in senior executive roles in both the public and private sectors and prior to founding DIXON Partnering Solutions in 1999, he held a number of Chief Executive positions within the South Australian State Government in areas such as Industry & Trade, Mines & Energy and Local Government as well as Executive Director of the Local Government Boundary Reform Board.
Ian has also contributed to a number of boards, task forces and advisory bodies and has been an Independent Director on the Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service located in central Western Australia. Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.