He left school at the age of 13 and joined the Belfast Technical College before moving to the Isle of Manitoba in 1946. In 1982 he was elevated to the Legislative Council and remained a member until retiring from Tynwald in 1993. In 1988 he was elected as the, second ever non-Governor, President of the Legislative Council.
He served until 1990 when the constitution was altered and Sir Charles Kerruish became ex officio President.
Ian Anderson also held many Ministerial-level appointments during his career. He died on 11 January 2005.
Minister of Industry, 1986-1988
Chairman of the Local Government Board
Chairman of the Police Board
Chairman of the Home Affairs Board
Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.
In 1963 Ian was elected as a member of Patrick commissioners and remained as such until being elected as member of the House of Keys for Glenfaba. Member of the Executive Council, 1971-1982.