Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists

Ian Wainwright

Ian is an electricity distribution engineer by profession and retired managing director of an information management company providing services to companies who own and operate major infrastructures ranging from networks to process plants and airports.

His association with DASH began in 1999 when he was asked by the PR Director of the company he worked for at the time if he would volunteer as an advisor to Business in the Arts to undertake a business planning project for a small organisation called Disability Arts in Shropshire, which was a fledgling offshoot of the Shropshire Disability Consortium, and had aspirations to become an independent charity in their own right.

The project was expected to take a month, two at the most, but Ian was so impressed with the enthusiasm, talent and commitment of the organisation and the artists which it supported that he became one of the founding directors and trustees and has continuously served on the Board of DASH ever since.