Ian Ingleby is retired after a varied career in perception management in Australasia.For nearly two decades he was attached to a US-Australian public relations group servicing foreign governments and strategic commercial interests of foreign governments in Australia and Asia.
He was resident in Singapore and Hong Kong during the British administration before being seconded to Soeharto's government in Indonesia in the 1980s. In Jakarta he was senior adviser and speechwriter for certain ministers and others. While in Australia during this period he undertook many assignments throughout Indonesia. In subsequent years he introduced Australian government and private sector people to Indonesian military and corporate entities for business purposes.
Earlier, he was with the commonwealth in Papua New Guinea, prior to self-government, for two years. He was responsible for news and information services, acted as press secretary for two Australian administrators, reported on House of Assembly and other events and assisted in monitoring local political developments.
Before all this he was a journalist for four years on a large, Sydney-based newspaper.
Honorary positions have included chairman of the then Australian Institute of Export, foundation fellow of the Institute of Company Directors NSW, governor of the American Business Council in Singapore and executive member of the then Australia-Indonesia Business Cooperation Committee. The only current membership is with the Royal United Services Institute of NSW to which he was introduced in 1990 after assisting the then president and friend in writing profiles of Indonesian political and military leaders.
He is married and has three daughters, the youngest born in Hong Kong in the 1960s (at the then Matilda Hospital on the Peak run by an Australian matron).
His largely unfulfilled hobby interest is outside and coastal fishing.