Born in Hampstead in north London, Ivens is the son of Michael Ivens, former director of the Aims of Industry pressure group. Ivens was educated at Finchley Catholic High School in Finchley in north London, and St Peter's College at the University of Oxford.
Ivens worked for The Sunday Telegraph under Peregrine Worsthorne, then moved to News International and was appointed deputy editor of The Sunday Times in 1996. His political column for the paper began in September 2007.
When Sunday Times editor John Witherow was appointed editor of The Times in January 2013, Ivens was named editor of The Sunday Times. The independent directors of Times Newspapers initially refused to make either appointment permanent but confirmed both men in their posts on 27 September that year.
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- Dowell, Ben (13 September 2007). "Ivens to be Sunday Times political columnist". The Guardian.
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