Adam started at Video Arts, for Tony Jay (Yes Minister) and John Cleese, then made films for industry and TV. Joining the UK’s nascent cable Industry, led to New York, Viacom and exporting US multichannel TV skills. Returning to the UK was responsible for introducing Jerry Springer and tabloid talk shows, but as amends launched the US Discovery Channel; the first continuous coverage of Parliament; and UK Gold with the BBC.
As Chair and CEO he took Flextech PLC, to the top of the FTSE 25O supplying TV channels to UK cable and Sky. He was C.O.O of John Malone’s TCI international, investing in British, French, Japanese, and South American communication companies, taking it public on NASDAQ. Then was CEO of Telewest a FTSE company providing telephone, broadband and TV. As CEO of the MCPS-PRS collected £550m p.a. of royalties for UK composers, and became involved in policy and regulation as Deputy Chairman of the Ofcom Content Board, and as Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council. In education, he was Chair of Teachers TV for Department of Education. He chaired the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society and the Copyright Licensing Agency who collectively distribute £70m p.a. to UK Authors and Publishers, and he Chairs Digital Radio UK a consortium of UK radio broadcasters.
He currently chairs the UK Hydrographic Office that generates £145m p.a. in sales supplying the Royal Navy and the world’s shipping with navigational products. For fun, he chaired Benfield’s Racing Club, which preserves the spirit of pre-war motor racing, and drove his 90-year old Bentley from Peking to Paris, and is currently on the Board of Trustees for The Sixteen, one of the UK’s leading choral groups.