Mr. Fletcher was appointed as Chief Executive of the UK Office of Intellectual Property in March 2007.
He joined the UK civil service in 1989 after an earlier career in the New Zealand diplomatic service. He worked initially in the then Monopolies & Mergers Commission, until 1991. He then worked in Trade Policy at the end of the GATT Uruguay Round, and continued this work during a secondment with European Commission, negotiating in the World Trade Organization on Free Trade Agreements.
Mr. Fletcher returned to the UK in 1998 and, after working in DTI’s HR area, he joined the then Overseas Trade Services organization at the time the Wilson Review of Export Promotion was being finalized and British Trade International was being established, working on finance HR and corporate policy issues. In 2000, Mr. Fletcher undertook a secondment with the UN Administration in Kosovo as Head of the Customs Service and Department of Trade & Industry. He returned later that year to head DTI’s Directorate responsible for electricity and gas policy.
During 2002, he moved to the Cabinet Office as Principal Private Secretary to Sir Andrew Turnbull, the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service.
Since 2004, Ian had been Managing Director, International in UKTI, managing the UK’s foreign commercial service.