Ian Preston

Sustainability Consultant

Ian has a Master's Degree in Commerce (Management) from Rhodes University. Ian's Master's focused on the economics, management and water (quantity) science of dams and invasive alien plants. Ian has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Cape Town and has a Bachelor's of Commerce Degree in Management (Management Sciences) from Stellenbosch University.

At Urban Earth, Ian has mainly been involved in supporting Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme, which has a strong focus on sustainability, resilience strategies, ecosystem services management and climate change adaption. Ian has also provided support to a range of climate change and sustainability related projects, including: The Climate Resilience Implementation Plan for the eThekwini Spatial Development Framework; Development of the Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Response Plan for uMzinyathi District Municipality; and, The Local Government Climate Change Support Programme (LGCCS) Phase Two. Working on these projects and others has given Ian the chance to further develop his research, writing, editing, presenting, communication, time management, and organisational skills. Ian has also developed new skills such as digital map making and basic html coding.

Ian is intrigued by resources management, especially water resource management. He is also interested in invasive alien plant management, ecosystem services and sustainability.

Outside of work, Ian is a keen outdoor and sports enthusiast, who enjoys hiking, mountain biking, squash, tennis, rock climbing, birding and exploring outdoor spaces. Ian is an avid reader and enjoys listening to a wide variety of music.