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With a career spanning banking, travel & tourism, speciality chemicals, the food & drink industry, academia and not for profit sectors, Adrian offers a breadth of strategic leadership and international business development.

Adrian holds an MBA from one of the world’s Top 5 business schools, IESE in Barcelona. Fluent in Spanish after living in Spain for 12 years, he has 30 years’ international experience. 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.

Adrian has served on the board of RCI Europe Ltd covering the EMEA&I region (£100m turnover) and also as Chair of Scott Bader Commonwealth, the charitable holding company of a £230m / 700-employee-owned multinational speciality chemicals business.

This complements his experience with small & medium enterprises, as a mentor, advisor and as an entrepreneur. He is chair of two children-focused charities. He is a podcaster and hosts a weekly radio show called ‘Open4Business’. His experience, communication skills, open and strategic mind allow him to engage easily with students and executives and thus facilitate understanding of complex issues in both the classroom and boardroom alike.


Adrian is an Associate Professor (Strategy & Society) at the University of Northampton. He is the Deputy Director of the University’s China & Emerging Economies Centre (CEEC) and is also the Outreach Lead for the University’s Centre for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP).

Adrian  is now an external examiner at Buckingham University, and previously acted as an external for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA, now The Governance Institute) - for whom he co-authored a textbook entitled ‘Strategy in Practice’.

Honours, Awards & Appointments

In 2017 Adrian was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire for services to business and charity. He was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2010. In 2021 he was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (FICRS). In 2022 he was appointed to the Membership Council of the fast-growing & influential Employee Ownership Association, and was invited to join the Institute of Director (IOD) National Sustainability Task Force and admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a network of entrepreneurs, educators and innovators working to advance society, the economy and the environment by finding practical solutions to social challenges.

Research Interests

* CSR, ESG, Sustainability

* Social Value & Impact Measurement

* Collective Impact & Cross-Sector Social Partnerships 

Adrian’s research interests are in the area of CSR & ESG and the creation and measurement of social value and ‘collective impact’ as a driver of innovation - in which the public-private-academic-social sectors work together for the long-term sustainability and prosperity for the community.

Adrian is a trained B Leader for B Corp accreditation and advises companies on their CSR-ESG strategies, measurement and reporting. He has undertaken research in this area with Grant Thornton and is now working on the social impact of the employee-owned sector.

Teaching Interests

* Strategy & International Business

* Cross-cultural Management & Leadership

* Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ESG & Sustainability

Industry Connections

* IOD, FSB, Chamber of Commerce, BIDs

* Silverstone Technology Cluster

* Employee Ownership Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE, Teaching in Higher Education, University of Northampton

1 Oct 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jul 2010

Master, MBA, IESE

15 Sept 198810 Jun 1990

Award Date: 30 Jun 1990

Bachelor, B Sc Economics & Accountancy, University of Wales, Cardiff

1 Oct 197631 May 1979

Award Date: 8 Jun 1979

External positions

Independent Trustee, ADT Workplace

1 Jan 2023 → …

Member, National Sustainability Task Force, Institute of Directors

1 Jun 2021 → …

EOA Membership Council, Employee Ownership Association

1 May 2021 → …

CSR-ESG Ambassador, Institute of Directors

1 Sept 2020 → …

External Examiner, The University of Buckingham

1 May 2020 → …

Chair, Stand Out Northamptonshire Ltd

1 Jun 2019 → …

Chair, The Crysalys Foundation

13 Feb 2019 → …

Chair, Screen Northants Ltd

1 Jan 20191 Nov 2021

Presenter, NLive Radio 106.9FM

15 Jul 2017 → …

Chair / Trustee, Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd

1 Jul 201731 Aug 2020

Associate Professor, OBS Online Business School

1 May 2017 → …


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