Colonel Ian Gibson commissioned into REME in August 1985. His first appointment was as a Platoon Commander with the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who were serving in Cyprus as the resident Infantry Battalion. Having completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Shrivenham he was posted as a Troop Commander with the Commando Logistic Regiment RM based in Plymouth, during which time he deployed to Norway on Arctic warfare training and Operation Haven to Northern Iraq. Light Aid Detachment command followed with 29 Commando Regiment RA and promotion to Captain. A short spell at 8 Field Workshop REME preceded taking up a position at Sandhurst as a Platoon Commander training Officer Cadets on the Commissioning Course and Rowallen Company. Attendance at the Joint Services Advanced Staff Course preceded command of 3 Close Support Company REME and deployment to Kosovo on Operation Agricola. An appointment in the Ministry of Defence followed working in the Directorate of Capability Integration (Army) on logistic planning, prior to promotion and a posting to Headquarters Land Forces in a Logistic Plans post. In the spring of 2009, he left Wilton to take Command of 11 Training Battalion REME in Arborfield. Colonel Gibson was selected on promotion to be the Regimental Colonel of REME from June 2011 and then became Colonel REME on the demise of the Directorate of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Army). He took up the appointment as the Team Leader for Project Rowcroft at the beginning of May 2013 responsible for the relocation of REME training at Arborfield and Bordon to Lyneham along with move of RHQ REME and the REME Museum. In 2016 Colonel Gibson moved to Army Headquarters Equipment Directorate with responsibility for equipment operations. Colonel Gibson is a Chartered Engineer.
Colonel Gibson became a Trustee of the REME Central Charitable Trust, The REME Museum and The REME Benevolent Fund in 2012. He was reappointed as a Trustee of The REME Charity in March 2016 and is the lead for the heritage portfolio.
Colonel Gibson is married to Sue and they live in Edington with their two daughters, Emily aged 19 and Hannah aged 17. Colonel Gibson’s interests are wide ranging, but he is chairman of Corps sailing and snow boarding and chairman of Army Karting; he always has a classic car in some state of restoration.