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Ian Sollom is the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South Cambridgeshire. He is a District Councillor for Harston & Comberton ward on South Cambridgeshire District Council and an Assembly Member on the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly City Deal). Married to Bec since 2004, they live in Grantchester with their son Erik, who attends the primary school in Coton.
Ian has lived in the Cambridge area since 2005, but grew up in the village of Alveley, in rural Shropshire. After attending a local comprehensive school and then sixth form college, Ian read Physics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where he met Bec, who is Australian.
On completion of his studies at Oxford in 2004, with a break for their wedding in Sydney, they returned to the UK, both studying for postgraduate degrees in Cambridge. After gaining a Masters degree in Mathematics at Trinity College, Ian then continued with his PhD in Astrophysics at the Cavendish and Kavli Institute for Cosmology. Ian’s research focused on the analysis of theories of the early universe.
Finishing his PhD in 2010, Ian went on to join a small London-based strategy consultancy, where he helps business leaders make better, evidence-based decisions. This experience has taken him from advising some of the world’s biggest companies in complex, multi-party negotiations all the way through to helping small start-ups to get funding and grow.
In particular, Ian has worked with many companies in the energy sector, including developing carbon pricing models and strategies for the coming energy transition away from fossil fuels.
Concerned by the prospect of Brexit, Ian was spurred on to make the case for a better future for Britain, joining the Liberal Democrats early in 2016 and campaigning to remain. Since the heartbreaking result of the referendum Ian has felt even more determined to fight for and champion the values of liberal democracy.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys playing the piano badly and the guitar slightly less so — but only ever inflicting this on his closest family. As a Midlander, he will also not forget that he supports the claret and blue of Aston Villa and not West Ham, though he would admit that David Cameron has made graver mistakes since that one.