About Adam

photoAdam is highly experienced in business, charities, government and politics and offers an intuitive, but practical view of the why’s, what’s and how’s that often lead to our experiences as consumers and voters being very different from what logic tells us we should be able to expect.

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Adam spent much of the early part of his career working in farming and the range of businesses that his Father had established that included local authority contracting, passenger transport and an events management company that established and ran the Gloucestershire County Show.

Following a return to academic study at 20, Adam progressed to his first management position within corporate business with Pickfords Removals (Then part of the National Freight Consortium), later working for Sita, the large Municipal Contracting Company (Now known as Suez).

178215_4382040162119_550488634_oAs Adam continued to develop and consolidate business and operational management experience he felt the call of community focused work and joined the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council where he developed and ran the JumpStart Project, a Wheels to Work scheme supporting unemployed people in rural areas seeking access to work and training. Adam then designed, won funding for and set up the Gloucestershire Minibus Scheme on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council and its Rural Transport Partnership, before moving to the British Lung Foundation, where he became South West Regional Manager.

With an interest in politics since before he was able to vote, Adam took up his first ‘elected’ role as a Councillor in May 2003, representing the Priors Park Ward on Tewkesbury Town Council . where he chaired the Council’s Severn Ham Committee.

DSC00010In 2004, Adam set up his first company, winning a large contract with the Northcliffe Group, part of DMGT, to provide dedicated distribution services for the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen, along with the Company’s other local Titles.

One of Adam’s key aims in business was to create the type of working environment for others in which he had always wanted to work himself.

Adam’s logistics and distribution business was committed to achieving Investors in People Accreditation before it began trading and did so within 18 months. It was also committed to the Two Ticks for Disability Scheme and employed disabled staff members within frontline customer facing roles.

Since his first start-up, Adam has developed a number of different businesses spanning removals and storage, local produce, e-commerce, local news and worked as business advisor supporting a range of other new and developing businesses owned and managed by other people. Adam has also tutored business planning to final year undergraduates at the University of Gloucestershire Business School.

In 2007, Adam was successful in winning a seat to represent the Ashchurch with Walton Cardiff Ward on Tewkesbury Borough Council.

Over two terms, he developed an invaluable insight into the full range of responsibilities covered by local authorities and their relationship with central government and the public sector.

As a Councillor, Adam represented constituents on a wide range of issues that included Planning, Housing and the Environment.

Adam was an active Member of the Council’s Audit Committee for much of his time at Tewkesbury Borough and with a particular interest in Licensing was elected Vice-Chair of the Committee during his first term, becoming and being re-elected Chair of the Committee for the full 4 years of his second.

In 2008, Adam joined the newly established Aschurch Rural Parish Council as a founding Member for a 3 year term, in order to support the new Council in his role as the local Borough Councillor.

Adam’s last Elected Term ended at Tewkesbury Borough Council in May 2015. He continues to write and regularly publish Blogs about the political climate and has written the Website and book How to get Elected providing a step-by-step guide to anyone considering running for elected office without the help of a political party.