Professor Ian Baxter originally trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University, and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage organisations. He has worked for a number of Universities, including the University of Cambridge (as Director of Public and Professional Programmes), and Glasgow Caledonian University (as Head of Department of Management and Director of Business School Postgraduate Programmes). He was Head of Suffolk Business School at UCS until September 2015, and remains with the University of Suffolk as a research supervisor and lecturer on specialist modules.
Ian has spent over 20 years working and researching with a variety of heritage and tourism organisations throughout the UK. He was closely involved in the development of the national Heritage Counts programme by the Government s conservation agency, English Heritage, which established the value and impact of the historic environment and heritage organisations to England (in terms of employment, visitors, quality of life, etc.). More recently he continued his involvement in heritage auditing through the development of the Scottish Government s Historic Environment Audit programme with Historic Scotland, where he completed a mapping exercise of conservation and heritage-related organisations in Scotland. He has also managed a variety of tourism development consultancy projects, including the national visitor attractions survey with VisitScotland, and an assessment of organisational support needs for non-governmental and voluntary/charitable organisations in the Scottish historic environment sector. He has recently been appointed to the Scottish Government's 'Measuring Success' group, monitoring the contribution of heritage and culture to the government's expected national outcomes.
His research interests are policy development, methodologies for establishing historic environment and heritage values , heritage foresight / scenario planning and tourism/visitor attraction management. He is a member of a number of professional committees, including the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee (a UNESCO advisory committee), and the IHBC's Education & Training Committee, and has previously served on the National Trust for Scotland s Archaeology and Economic & Community Development Advisory Panels and English Heritage s Research Advisory Panel. He s the editor for the Cultural Trends journal Policy Research Notes section (Routledge); the policy research information bulletin on behalf of the UK Heritage Research Group (UKHRG); and the resources section for the US-based Heritage & Society journal (Left Coast Press).
Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and also Society of Antiquaries of London, a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He is a Board member and Director of The Heritage Alliance, the Eastern Enterprise Hub and the Ipswich Arts & Museums Trust. He tweets about heritage and tourism.