Adam became interested in community and its relationship with public providers while developing a social enterprise in Herefordshire (KC3) that started the first community-owned Internet provider in Europe.
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 combined 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.
This work 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 generated a new methodology for using the measures and impact management tool to enable organisations to manage and deliver these outcomes.
Currently he is working principally with large suppliers following an extensive reanalysis of public procurement practice. This is complementary to other work with a new European think tank in developing longer-term models for public investment and common good.
Adam holds a joint honours degree in geography and psychology and 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.