Entrepreneurs Panel

Adrian Thompson

Adrian is a member of the Entrepreneurs Panel and our expert panelist on international sales and channels.

Through his 20 years’ plus experience of leading UK based manufacturing businesses Adrian has extensive insight into rapid international sales expansion, creating a strong trading partnership with distributors, LCC outsourcing and M&A.

In his role as CEO of the Aspen Pumps Group, he knows how to work effectively within a fast-moving PE environment. Under his leadership, Aspen Pumps has transformed from a UK centric exporter to truly international business with its own operations across five continents plus export customer partners in over a hundred countries. As part of that expansion programme, an additional six bolt-on acquisitions have been made.

Motto 

Lead, follow or get out the way!

Happiness is

  • Working with highly motivated people who have a shared vision and values
  • Watching England win the Rugby World Cup for a second time.. We all have to be dreamers!

Perfect way to start the day

  • When working – a spinach and banana smoothie, with almonds if he’s been good.
  • When not working – cycling across the Sussex Downs

Last adventure

  • Currently ongoing – making an acquisition virtually and never having seen the business!