Ian worked in the IT department at NFU Mutual for over 30 years until his retirement in 2004.

A Liberal Democrat councillor for the Alveston ward, he belongs to the town’s bridge club, and looks after 180 people in the squash club in his role as membership secretary.

A keen cyclist, Ian has outlined his desire to push forward Stratford’s neighbourhood plan over the next year.

Once it is finished, the people of Stratford will get to vote in a referendum on issues like pedestrianisation and traffic measures.

Outside of council matters, Ian is a long-term season ticket holder at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I’m from the Black Country,” he said. “We lived equal distance between The Hawthorns and Molineux and my father was a Baggies supporter, so I supported Wolves! I remember going to my first game in 1951, we beat Middlesbrough 4-0.”

For years he’s sat in the Billy Wright Stand and after Wolves were crowned champions of League One this season, he said the most difficult part of his mayoral year was the inevitability of missing a few games.

Proud to be following in his wife’s footsteps, Ian joined the town council in 2009, the year Jenny was mayor.

“She will give me advice,” he said. “Which you’ll ignore,” laughed Jenny.

The couple have two children, Richard and Jane, and two grandsons. Richard’s twin sons, Jasper and Lucas, will be three in June.

Excited by the prospect of the next 12 months, the new mayor said: “I may have only been on the council since 2009, but since then I’ve met a lot of people I wasn’t aware of.

“However, having worked at NFU Mutual for 30 odd years I know an awful lot of people and an awful lot of people know me.

“I just think it’s a lovely town to live in, most people are exceedingly friendly and willing to have a chat. I just love living here.”

The new deputy mayor is Tessa Bates, whose husband, Charles, has been mayor twice. The deputy mayor is usually elected as mayor the following year.

Ian was elected as mayor in town on Thursday (15th May). For a report on the ceremony, see this week’s Herald (22nd May).