Position: Interim Chair
Austen Adams has accumulated 30 years’ experience in managing profitable engineering companies across the world.
Having started his career as an engineering apprentice in the industrial heart of the UK, the Black Country, he has transcended all levels of management. An advocate of modern management practices, he trained with Textron Inc. in the US as a global business trouble shooter before going on to hold a number of senior executive roles in sales, operational and general management in businesses across five continents.
Sound strategic thinking, hard work, determination and teamwork underpin Austen’s reputation for getting the job done. Austen currently manages a portfolio of twelve industrial business within Avingtrans plc, two in China and ten in the UK, serving the medical and energy sectors. Two of his portfolio cornerstone businesses of Peter Brotherhood and Metalcraft are situated within the Combined Authority.
A committed and hands on supporter of local, national and international bodies holding posts in advisory board roles for the National Skills Academy Nuclear, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, EEF and the Walsall Economic Board. Austen also provides local advisory services to SME’s in the engineering sector.
A family man with three children who enjoys the great outdoors.