Mr. Ian Hockley

Executive Director
Dylan's Wings of Change/Wingman


When IBM relocated the Hockley family from England to Connecticut in the winter of 2011 it was the realization of a family dream. Ian had visited the United States regularly since childhood, Nicole was from Rhode Island, and eldest son Jake was born on the 4th of July. In many ways they were coming home.

They moved to the idyllic town of Sandy Hook which Ian selected after touring the beautiful neighborhoods and meeting the staff at the elementary school, knowing his younger son Dylan would get a fantastic start there as they made their new life. This bright beginning ran full force into the American Nightmare on December 14th, 2012 when Dylan was shot and killed in his first-grade classroom alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators in one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

Ian created Dylan’s Wings of Change, dedicated to his son’s memory with a mission to inspire empathy, courage & hope. everywhere. Working with experts the foundation created Wingman, a universal program of experiential learning activities that foster deeper conversations, stronger bonds and more connected communities.


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