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Iain Burns


Iain has a 50-year highly successful track record in creativity, with early work in music, painting and performing arts. He studied Engineering Design at the University of Bath winning a National Student Design Prize. His career began designing nuclear power stations. At 26, he was one of the lead designers of the pioneering World's first air-cooled Nuclear Fuel Store in Wales.

IBM headhunted Iain as one of the UK best young Engineering Designers to demonstrate advanced CAD CAM systems. He worked with design teams in Automotive, Ships, Bridges, Manufacturing, Trucks, Nuclear Power, Consumer Goods and more. His IBM career took him from heading the UK Geographic Information Systems team into sales of Large Systems, creating complex proposals up to $40M in every private and public sector. Iain led marketing teams in the UK and Europe for $12Bn revenue before leading the global IBM effort to create the largest sales process for 120,000 sales people in over 100 countries with benefits over $1Bn/Year.

Iain is now a private Consultant and Mentor in such diverse areas as Process Design, Sustainability (created world's first report demonstrating how more IT could reduce global emissions 15%), Green Data Centres, Product Innovation, IT, HPC, Web Design, App Development and Marine/other Inventions. A leader in creativity, Iain has always had a passion for growing teams’ creativity capabilities as well as for his photography and teaching advanced sailing and navigation.


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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

John Cage


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