Adam became interested in community and its relationship with public providers over 20 years ago while developing an Information technology based social enterprise in Herefordshire (KC3) that started, among many other things, the first community owned Internet provider in Europe. Interestingly before BT one of the founding partners, was offering Internet access itself. The work required building a commercial business while reconciling and satisfying the needs of public funders, and simultaneously delivering tangible community benefits. It led to deep interest in entrepreneurship, and governance as well as developing methods to demonstrate public sector delivery of public value and community benefit.
He was later responsible for developing the local multiplier model (LM3) to demonstrate an objective approach to public sector procurement and its economic impact in the UK through his work in Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the New Economics Foundation. This led to a project that calculated the spending benefit to the community for all of the 26 local authorities in the North East of England with over £3.5 billion of spending and 140,000 suppliers. He was then retained by NECE (North East Centre of Excellence) to provide key elements of the regional economic outcome programme. This project for the first time added the further innovation of combining LM3 and regional input output economic models to inform wider impacts and to develop the concept of Market Intelligence for smarter procurement. Simultaneously he established LM3online and the Procurement Cupboard to provide access and use for the third sector to the model and to build capacity in both public and private sectors public sector procurement.
This work was taken up by both emda and defra and led to a review of methodologies for measuring the impacts of social, economic, and environmental measures. In particular how and whether they could be applied within public procurement processes. This in turn generated a new methodology for using such measures and the impact management tool to allow organisations to manage and deliver these outcomes.
Currently he is working principally with large tier one suppliers following an extensive reanalysis of public procurement practice and the understanding of opportunity for large private sector suppliers to drive beneficial change. This is complementary to other work with a new European think tank in developing longer term models for public investment and common good.
In addition to a joint honours degree in Geography and Psychology he also studied Economics and Information technologies at St. Andrews University. He has studied Excellence in Governance at Harvard Business School and Public Sector management at Northumbria University. He chaired OneWorld.net uk a global charity using internet technologies for civil rights and was an international trustee of the Foundation. Previously he was on the advisory board of the London Business School Foundation for entrepreneurial management.