Ian Swales was elected as Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar on May 6th 2010 with a majority of 5,214, and a swing from Labour of 21.8%.
Ian was born in Leeds and grew up in Harrogate. Following a Chemical Engineering degree at Manchester University he joined Yorkshire Electricity and qualified as an Accountant in 1977.
He moved to Teesside in 1978 to join ICI and settled in Redcar.
At ICI Ian held a wide variety of financial and business management roles and his work took him all over the world.
He worked at ICI's European HQ in Brussels for 3 years in the 1980s and took part in major chemical industry re-structuring.
In 1996 he moved to become global Head of Leadership Development for ICI before leaving in 1999 to start his own training and consultancy business.
He contested the 2005 General Election in the Redcar constituency.
12 Redcar Station Business Centre, Redcar, TS10 1RD
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