Ian Cooper

Tell us a bit about your background

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Global Chartered Management Accountant (GCMA).

After obtaining an MSC and BSC in metallurgy at Aston University, I worked in finance for several industrial companies, latterly in steel, including five year spells in both South Africa and Sweden. I have been CFO for companies quoted on the London, Stockholm and Helsinki stock exchanges.

What made you decide to become a Trustee for Hft?

I already knew some of the trustees at Hft when I retired in 2009 and, as I wanted to do some charity work, I became an Hft trustee in October 2010. I have a Swedish relative with a learning disability.

I have experience in general management, finance, performance management, risk management and pension schemes.

What’s your best ‘Hft moment’?

It’s not one moment as such, but my most fulfilling task is working as a team with the other trustees, the executive team and the people Hft supports to ensure Hft has a stable base from which to enhance the quality care it already provides to people it supports.

Ian says…

“Right now, I think the key issue for the whole learning disability sector is for it to raise its profile and ensure that government’s statements around support for learning disability are followed up by real policies and actions that ensure a sustainable future for both providers and the people they support.”