Currently: Company Director, STEM Ambassador, Social Entrepreneur
Highest qualification: Doctorate (PhD, DPhil)
Adrian has experienced working life in academia, industry and on the startup scene.
Trained as a material scientist with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physical) from the University of Cambridge, he has a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford for which he won the International Pergamon (Carbon) Journal Prize for his work on watching fullerenes form in realtime using a modified high resolution electron microscope. During these degrees he was sponsored by Raychem Ltd, an advanced materials company particularly focused on the defence and aerospace industries.
After a spell as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Surrey, Adrian worked for a high technology startup company developing flat panel displays, and in particular field emission displays; a technology that never quite made it mainstream because LCDs and Plasma Panels got there first.
Adrian moved to Singapore and worked at the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) where he led a programme to demonstrate plastic electronics (OLED displays) and helped undertake business & technology roadmaps with local companies. He also worked on micro and nanomaterials for anti-counterfeiting applications from which he co-founded IMRE's first spin-off company Singular ID.
Then times became very exciting because, as CEO of this startup, he was responsible for raising Angel and Venture Capital finance and helping the company to deliver to its first customers. Adrian won Entrepreneur of the Year in the British Business Awards Singapore, and the company won the inaugural Nanochallenge business plan competition in Padua, Italy. In late 2007, Singular ID was sold to an Indian-headquartered pharmaceutical packaging company, and Adrian continued to work developing their European business.
Adrian now lives in Malvern, UK where he co-founded and runs the Wyche Innovation Centre; a hub where small businesses can grow in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He also started and curates the annual Malvern Festival of Innovation, is a director of the UK Cyber Security Forum CIC and more recently a co-founder of a blockchain startup BlockMark Technologies. In February 2015 Adrian was recognised in The Sunday Times as a Maserati 100 Entrepreneur, and in April 2017 he was appointed a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Birmingham.
Adrian is a STEM Ambassador, Volunteer Business Advisor for Young Enterprise, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.
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