Advisor on Strategy, Governance, Change Management, Health and Education Policy and Economic Development. (to Central and Local Government, Public and Third Sector organisations)


Sir Adrian has very extensive and varied experience developed through four interlaced career strands, as:

  • a prolific research academic specialising in social policy, evaluation research and public service management;
  • a very successful senior manager/CEO in universities;
  • a non-executive director/chair in many public and third sector bodies;
  • an advisor to politicians, Ministers and governments in London and Cardiff, and many public and third sector bodies.

Adrian is currently a Non Executive Director (NED) on the Welsh Government Board and previously chaired the Welsh Government Corporate Governance Audit and Risk Committee and the Investment Board; he is a NED on the Big Lottery UK Board and chairs the Welsh Committee; he chairs the Public Policy Institute Wales and is a Trustee and chair of the Education and Pastoral Committee at Atlantic College, the founding body of United World Colleges. Among other previous NED roles he was Welsh Commissioner on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and chaired the Welsh Employment and Skills Board; he also chaired an NHS Trust and several third sector bodies.

Noted for his work on enquiries and informing ministerial policy, Adrian chaired the “Webb Reviews” of Further and Post 16 Education and Training in Wales, 2006/7 and of Higher and Further Education in North East Wales in 2012/14 – both on behalf of the Welsh Government. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of City and Guilds, its highest accolade, for services to vocational education. Adrian has been both a Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Higher Education establishments and is author or joint author of nine books, seventeen monographs, and more than 70 chapters, refereed journal articles, conference papers and reports.

Before moving back to Wales in 1993 he had committee and advisory roles in Whitehall departs (Education, Health and Social Services, Justice, HM Treasury) and advisory roles to ministers over a period of 25 years. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, change management, organisational transformation and corporate governance in the third sector, Further and Higher Education, local and central government and a variety of public services. He has led or advised on several mergers, some successful, some unsuccessful, and some wisely and intentionally aborted!



  • Strategic Planning:
  • Mergers;
  • Change management in Further and Higher Education and the third sector;
  • Governance and leadership:
  • Forensic/analytical investigations/enquiries and audit work at a strategic level.