Ian Parkes is ELBA’s Chief Executive and Director of London Works, taking over from Liam Kane in April 2016. Ian's career spans the public, private and not for profit sectors. Formerly Chief Executive of AZTEC, he founded SOA Development in 2001. SOA Development was an independent practice specialising in project management, strategy development, partnership development, and organisation governance. Clients were drawn from the public, not for profit and the private sectors. He was involved with Coast to Capital LEP and Greater Brighton City Region’s devolution bid.
Strongly committed to helping children and young people meet their full potential, Ian is a serial school and college governor. He recently stepped down after 12 years as chairman of governors at an inner London primary school and is currently a senior governor at one of London’s largest secondary schools, Vice Chair of the educational trust which runs the school and Chair of the governors for their recently opened primary school. Ian has now brought that same level of charisma, hardwork and love and passion for people to the London Works Team.