Ian was elected to the European Parliament in May 2014.
Ian Duncan was for seven years the Head of the Scottish Parliament’s European Office in Brussels, responsible for relations between the Holyrood Parliament and the EU institutions. He later served as European Advisor to the Parliament and Clerk to the European & External Relations Committee. He resigned his position in February 2013 to seek the election to the European Parliament.
Prior to joining the Scottish Parliament, Ian held a number of high profile public affairs positions in Scotland, including Secretary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Head of Policy & Communications with the Scottish Refugee Council. Ian began his career as a researcher with BP focusing upon Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics.
Ian holds a first class honours degree in geology from St Andrews University and a doctorate from Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society. Ian interned at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. After completing his studies, Ian was a teaching fellow at Bristol University.
Ian was born and raised in Alyth, Perthshire, where his family had farmed raspberries and strawberries. He led his first campaign while still a school pupil, overturning the local council’s decision to prevent Alyth High School offering exam certificates.
He joined the Conservative Party while at St Andrews, and has campaigned in Scotland and England for various Conservative candidates. In the 2003 Scottish Parliament election, Ian stood for the Parliamentary seat of Aberdeen South.
In his spare time, Ian paints. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner.