Ivan was born in September 1963 in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire and was brought up in Glasgow.
McKee obtained a BSc BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from Newcastle University.
Following 2 years of voluntary service in Bangladesh with VSO, McKee worked for a variety of manufacturing companies. In 2005 he set up his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and successfully turned around, a number of manufacturing businesses including the rescue of Dunfermline based Simclar from Administration.
McKee has significant international experience having managed businesses in Scotland, England, Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.
McKee is a Trustee of the charity CEI which supports educational and health projects in rural Bangladesh. He is a member of the Board of Common Weal.