Ian Priest

Group CEO, Grace Blue & Former President, IPA


Ian graduated with a degree in Business Studies from Kingston University in 1985. He began his career at the leading below-the-line agency IMP, reaching board level before leaving to join HHCL and Partners in 1993, becoming Managing Director in 2000. In January 2002, alongside his three partners, he founded VCCP which was acquired by the Chime Group in 2005. He joined the Executive Board of Chime, working across the Group for VCCP and for CSM Sport & Entertainment, as well as heading up Chime Ventures.
Ian became President of the IPA from 2013-15 and is a non-Executive Director of a number of start-up businesses.
In 2016, Ian joined the global executive search firm Grace Blue Partnership as their CEO and in 2017 became Chairman of Pitch Marketing Group.
Ian is married to Virginia and has three children, Lily, Fynn and Edie.