With a career spanning banking, travel & tourism, the food industry, academia and not for profit sectors, Adrian brings a breadth of strategic leadership and international business development experience across many countries and types of organisations, including trade and sector bodies.
Adrian holds a B.Sc. (Economics & Accountancy) from the University of Wales, and an MBA from one of the world’s leading business schools, IESE in Barcelona. Fluent in Spanish after living in Spain for 12 years, he has 30 years’ international experience, working and / or undertaking projects in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. During this time, he has gained both private, public and third sector experience, with executive and consulting roles including one-year with the World Bank.
This complements his experience with small & medium enterprises, both as a mentor, advisor and as an entrepreneur. He is chair of two children’s charities, and cycles for charity, helping raise over £120K, and he hosts a monthly local radio show called ‘Open4Business’ about business in the community.
His experience, communication skills, open and strategic mind allow him to engage easily with students and executives and thus facilitate discussion and understanding of complex issues in both the classroom and boardroom alike.
Awards and Honours
In 2017 Adrian was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (an honorary non-military role) for services to the County, and in this role he serves on the Lord-Lieutenant’s Community and Commerce Groups, and often represents Northamptonshire abroad.