Ian Bamford

Commercial Director, Centre for Industrial Sustainability, IfM

Ian Bamford

Commercial Director, Centre for Industrial Sustainability, IfM

Ian Bamford is a sustainability leader in the Centre for Industrial Sustainability. He works with IfM Engage in helping businesses improve their environmental, social and economic performance. Over the past 10 years he has led multi-disciplinary projects and training with over 350 companies.


Ian has particular interest in:

  • Sustainable Business Model Innovation
    • Identifying untapped sustainable value
      • Supporting sustainable entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

      He uses a range of innovative tools such as Value Mapping, Product Value Analysis, Business Model Design in these activities.

        He also assembles multi disciplinary teams to run sustainability project and programs for clients in areas such as:

        • Development of sustainability strategies to achieve particular goals and targets
          • Driving resource efficiency in Materials, Energy and Water
            • Innovating new disruptive business models and products
              • Establishing sustainable change across ecosystems – such as into supply chains

                Ian also runs the UK Hub of the EIT Food accelerator which works each year with 10 start ups in the AgriFood space.


                Ian helped Professor Steve Evans set up the IfM Centre for Industrial Sustainability in 2011. He also leads the IfM Engage Sustainability Association.

                He is also a longstanding NED at IEMA the professional association of sustainability professionals.

                Ian has an MSc in computer integrated manufacturing from Cranfield and a diploma in small business management. He was trained in leadership at Sandhurst as an officer in the Royal Engineers.

                Prior to this he worked in industry mainly in high technology companies such as Dell, Xerox, and Philips where he held senior leadership roles. Much of his large industry experience was in leading substantial change programs (for instance the realignment of a €12B distribution channel) He has also founded several start up companies in the USA and UK in areas such as ITC Networking, IT Channel services and B2B relationship management.

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