Ian Baxter originally trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University, and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage and conservation organisations. He has worked for a number of Universities, including the University of Cambridge as Director of Public & Professional Programmes, Bournemouth University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of Suffolk where he was Head of Suffolk Business School from 2012-2015 and continuing part-time as a Professor of Historic Environment Management. At Heriot-Watt University he is the Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication, and splits his time between Edinburgh and Cambridge. He teaches on Heriot-Watt's MSc Tourism & Heritage Management, as a member of the School of Social Sciences, and is closely involved in the development of the University's international strategy in relation to China.
He is a Board Director of The Heritage Alliance and the Built Environment Forum Scotland – the national representative bodies for heritage NGOs in England and Scotland. He is also a member of a number of professional committees, including the Institute for Historic Building Conservation's Education, Training & Standards Committee, and has previously served on the National Trust for Scotland’s Economic & Community Development Advisory Panel and English Heritage’s Research Advisory Panel.
Day-to-day he leads on the business engagement activities for the Confucius Institute, and is overseeing the development of a specific activity stream with businesses and organisations working in the tourism and heritage sector in Scotland and wider UK.
Heriot-Watt University profile: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/ian-winston-frederick-baxter