IP Presents welcomes a new Director to the team

Please join us in welcoming our Director of Logistics to the
team, Ian McPhail! Ian joins us as we move into 2023 with
bigger and brighter goals.

Ian writes:

“Hi there, I am the new member of IP Presents so will give you some background of what I’ve been doing before this exciting new opportunity came along. I joined Merseyside Police in March 1993 (that seems such a long time ago now) and retired as a Police Sergeant in Sept 2022 after over 29 years’ service. I have served the community predominantly as a uniformed officer across many depts including specialist, patrol, custody, road safety and as a project manager. I was even seconded to the UK Borders Agency where I was responsible for planning and setting up national operations and teaching staff from the agency to become self-sufficient in how they operated. This has given me vast experience in dealing with many major incidents that the city has had to deal with over the last 30 years, quite often attracting not only local media interest but also on a national and international level; receiving many commendations for my actions throughout the journey.

In December 1999 after reading an article by a fellow Merseyside officer who had attended an earthquake for the 2nd time that year in Turkey, I knew that I wanted to be part of a team that helped in these situations. I promptly joined the International Rescue Corps (IRC) and embarked on a 2-year college course from 2000 to 2002. In Sept 2002 I passed my week-long assessment, designed to put you under pressure, simulate real life experiences that you may face and see how you perform in the final assessment; a non-stop 48hr exercise designed to deprive you of sleep and put you through a mission scenario. Apart from the mental and physical tests required you must be able to cope with the waiting around and the ability to adapt when things don’t go the way you imagined, or the rescue plan doesn’t work.

A month later, I was on the plane to my first earthquake/disaster zone which was certainly an eye opener. I have since completed 5 overseas missions, all earthquakes , with probably 6 or more UK missions which have included, floods, missing person searches, train crashes and workplace explosions. I have held many positions in the IRC, and they have included team member, team leader, regional and national fundraiser, training officer, investigation committee-co- ordinator and Assistant Operational Director. That makes me a fully- fledged and proud Thunderbird.

During my time in the police and since retiring I have been a part of the Volleyball, Athletics, Swimming and Lifesaving Teams I have also been competing at the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) which is the biggest multi sporting event outside of the Olympics/Paralympics. The games take place every 2 years in a different country each time. I have competed in volleyball, beach volleyball, and indoor rowing. In 2015 I decided to add athletics to the list and in 2022 I also embraced the decathlon. I have won 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze medals so far and definitely think there is room for improvement.

Upon returning from WPFG last year and realising that some of the events in the decathlon require specialist training I started training at Wigan Harriers and they asked me to become an Assistant Athletics Coach.

I have many skills and a lot of experience gained throughout my career and I’m really looking forward to applying them to enhance movement, well-being, and learning through working with as many people as possible to develop them to be the best version of themselves.”