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Biography

 

Ian Roberts was born and grew up in Bristol, England. Ian attended Bridge Farm infant and junior school, then Hartcliffe School. Before a house move took him near to Portishead where he attended Gordano School. A natural athelete, Ian represented his school at football, rugby & also played in central midfield for Portishead under 16's football team. However Ian would soon turn his athletic prowess to another sport, boxing.

Ian Roberts as Amateur Boxer on way to win Inspired by watching the likes of `Sugar' Ray Leonard on television Ian entered the world of amateur boxing, representing Bristol's Broad Plain Amateur Boxing Club and also the West of England. Bristol's amateur boxing scene was then buzzing with future world champions Adrian Stone and Glenn Catley on the scene. Future W.B.C. World Super-Middeweight champion Glenn Catley even made his amateur debut on the same show as Ian, both recording stoppage wins at the Empire ABC club show.

Following his A'levels, partly on the recommendation of friends Ian began to pursue a career in fashion modeling. Ian's career got off to a good start when he won a modeling competition from thousands of entrants in his home town of Bristol. Ian's modeling work included prestigeous work for companies such as Coca-Cola, Mulberry Clothing, 20th Century Fox, Harley Davidson, John Anthony, Sky TV, Next, Alexandra Clare Parfum and Third Planet Poster Company, which included a version of the famous Athena man and baby poster called L'Enfant, which sold over two million copies on four continents. As Ian's portfolio grew he was quickly signed up by more agencies, first in Birmingham, Manchester and a top Agency in London and then agencies abroad first Salvador Models of Barcelona. Then later agencies in Paris and New York. On his many modeling assignments Ian has worked alongside such models as Sophie Anderton and Emma Willis (then Griffith).
Ian Roberts with Nigel Benn
Alongside his modeling Ian has had a number of different part-time jobs as most models do. This included being a trained licensed croupier moving onto bar work, then nightclub security work. During this time Ian became head of security at Bristol's famous Lakota club.

Ian Roberts is now working as a successful IT consultant with his own consultancy Ian Roberts Enterprises Ltd. One of his recent contracts was for Nato/ISAF in Afghanistan spending the majority of his time in Kabul but also including Helmand and Kandahar. This contract had its obvious dangers and the base where Ian was stationed was regularly rocketed by the Taliban. Travelling in and around Kabul Ian carried a Smith & Wesson Enhanced Sigma Series 9mm handgun for personal protection. In addition Ian is a successful businessman, being a director and shareholder of Nursing Solutions Ltd . The largest independent nursing agency in the South West. In the past Ian was also a director and shareholder of driver agency NIS Employment Services Ltd and Engineering agency Colmenar Ltd. He also owns property both here and on the Algarve in Portugal.


Ian Roberts in Kabul, Afghanistan