Ivan Macquisten

After more than 30 years as a journalist, half of them as Editor of Antiques Trade Gazette – for whom he still writes occasionally – Ivan now runs his own consultancy, ImacQ, focusing on policy and communications strategy for trade associations and others on an international basis.

He frequently advises politicians and NGOs and spent much of 2016-17 working on the draft Cultural Property [Armed Conflicts] Bill, as well as helping to write the Government guidance for it. He has advised the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions monitoring team, UNESCO and the United States Government’s Accountability Office, on the issue of cultural property relating to Syria and Iraq and is now working with the trade associations and the British Museum on a new project. Political campaigning has included negotiating with ministers up to Cabinet level in the UK and EU institutions, and earlier this year he helped establish a US-based campaign group for the antiquities trade.

Ivan also wears a number of other hats, from advising organisations on media advice and reputation management to chairing panel debates and symposia on a number of issues. Most recently he spent two weeks in Umbria lecturing to postgraduates from a number of countries on the Art Market and associated risk.

He also continues to work as an analyst, pundit, business and brand adviser and journalist, chiefly in relation to the international art market.