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.