Photo credit: Dario Mitidieri

Ian Woolverton is a British writer and photographer whose working life is devoted to not-for-profit organisations.

Based in Melbourne and New York, Ian has worked for some of the world's leading humanitarian agencies including International Red Cross and Oxfam.


Major assignments include covering the Bali bomb blasts (2002), Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh (2004-2005), Pakistan earthquake (2005) and Myanmar Cyclone (2008).


Ian's stories and photographs have been published around the world in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Big Issue and Woman's Day. He's also contributed articles and stories to CNN.com, Australian Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam Australia, Oxfam America and Oxfam International.

Adept at generating public and political debate through working with the media, Ian has a flair for crafting pithy, punchy, powerful copy. He's written on many issues including man-made and natural disasters, climate change, world trade, disability and HIV/AIDS.


His photo essay on Mumbai's slum dwellers for the Indian charity Apnalaya was published in The Big Issue. It won praise for its sensitive and compassionate portrayal of people forced to live in appalling conditions.


Ian has two humanitarian awards. For his reporting of the Bali bomb blasts he was awarded the Australian Red Cross Service Medal; for covering the tsunami in Aceh Ian won the Australian Government's Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.

Arts, Disability & Music

Since 2007 Ian has been Media Manager for indie band Rudely Interrupted whose musicians share a range of intellectual and physical disabilities. 

In 2008 he organised for the band to play at the United Nations in New York to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Performances followed in New York City, Brooklyn, Toronto, London, Bristol and Manchester.

Ian's work continues with the band as they prepare to tour Australia to promote their debut album 'Tragedy of the Commons' and film 'We didn't mean to be rude'. The feature length documentary follows the band from the pubs and clubs of Melbourne to the UN and beyond.