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David Adlington

David Adlington
Innovation Director
– The Consortium

With a background as an electronics engineer working on advanced military communications and later on telecommunications, David has experience in a variety of design, engineering management and leadership roles. He has worked throughout the whole product lifecycle – concept, innovation and R&D, design, product development, manufacturing – and in product marketing working with customers in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

David is experienced in managing multi-disciplinary product development teams at multiple UK locations and overseas, as well as delivering strategic change of technology research facilities and processes.

Later in his career, David worked for Essex County Council, with responsibility for establishing programmes to support business start-up and growth, innovation, and export development, as well as working on significant transformation and commercialisation projects.  Two key successes of his career were the Innovation 50 (in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University) as well as the Essex Innovation Programme.

In 2018 David launched his own consultancy delivering coaching to SMEs in a variety of sectors, with a focus on strategic development for innovation and growth, marketing, and leadership development.

Three things David likes about innovation

  1. How innovation challenges the norms
  2. That ideas are brought to life through innovation
  3. That innovation helps us realise our potential