Adrian has a B.A (Hons) in Economics from Sheffield University in 1989 and M.Sc. in Information Systems in Management from Sheffield Business School in 1995. Adrian became a consultant in 2002 specialising in Local Government and the modernisation agenda, and in so doing developed specialisms in problem diagnosis and solving, organisational reviews, benchmarking, change management and cultural management. Since 2006, Adrian has applied these skills as a Senior Project Manager on a number of challenging of Academy projects, and developed skills and experience of stakeholder consultation, procurement, and project management. In this way Adrian has played a part in opening over 60 Academies and 5 Free Schools, including setting up 7 MATs and 2 Umbrella Trusts.