Ian Tufts

Chief Tech Technology Officer

Ian joined GL Education in 2019 after a 30-year career in high-tech engineering and product and software development. As Chief Technology Officer, Ian is responsible for technology strategy, software architecture and development activities across the group.  He leads all technology research and development efforts, ensuring alignment with both short and long-term commercial goals, and is based at GL Education‘s development centre in Houghton-le-Spring. 

Ian’s career has encompassed a variety of sectors including defence, publishing, education, transport and nine years leading product development at Sage.  He prides himself on being a commercially focused business leader having developed and executed strategies that have transformed complex global businesses.  More recently, he has worked with PE-backed organisations helping enhance value through the effective use of technology. 

Ian holds degrees in electronic communications and computer science from the universities of Salford and Newcastle and he is also a Chartered Engineer.


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