Since qualifying as a PE teacher in 2003 Adrian has always worked in schools located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Through a variety of different roles, as Vice Principal, Principal, and Executive Principal he has been part of a number of turn around successes – most notably as Principal of Thetford Academy where he led the school out of Special Measures to its first good rating with leadership recognised as outstanding, in just 15 months. It was at Thetford Academy where he first became involved with Villiers Park through the participation of a number of his pupils in the Scholars Programme, a relationship that is still maintained today.
Adrian is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Inspiration Trust; a multi-academy trust of 14 schools across Norfolk and North Suffolk, where he is responsible for the delivery of an effective operating model to ensure the educational objectives of the Trust are achieved.
Adrian is also a member of the Norwich Opportunity Area Partnership Board, chairing the Teaching & Attainment committee, which is part of a national Department for Education strategy to improve social mobility through education in the areas of most need and has spoken on this subject, amongst others, to colleagues within the education sector.