Adrian Terry


During my 25 years’ experience across a broad range of organisations and institutions, I have taken significant leadership roles across the business management, operations, learning and development and organisational development spectrums. My goal has always been to create solutions that genuinely make a difference to the bottom line, with a focus on sustainable high-performance and collaborative resolution of complex challenges.

As a master change leader, facilitator, and champion of cultural transformation, I have successfully designed and led business turnarounds, a wide range of major bid teams (£210m), organisational development and effectiveness programs (£5m) and significant operational teams (180+), often in demanding, multi-national, technically-led matrix environments.

Having worked in and amongst group and company boards, alongside chief executives, politicians, professors, Whitehall staff, and senior financial and operational executives, my relationships and experience span across all levels of staff and multiple different cultures.

In 2012, I was commissioned and published as lead author of ‘Build Lean – Transforming Construction Using Lean Thinking,’ in addition to having authored a number of academic papers and also the UK Ministerial report and toolkit: ‘Respect for People – A Framework for Change,’ which is still recommended by the Strategic Forum for Construction.

Current role

Originally joining TLD as Principal Consultant, I was brought in to work with some of our major clients, providing strategic influence, advice and leadership across the organisational development and L&D spectrum. I established and proved the organisational performance business line, combing high-value learning and performance improvement interventions.

I was subsequently asked to take on and lead our Strategy, Sales and Business Development Capability – a brand new area for the business – to help Thales and our external clients deliver lasting sales performance improvement, business growth and change. 

In addition to the above, I also lead our partnerships with Franklin Covey and the Creative Problem Solving Group. I’m a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol, and qualified to facilitate numerous organisational and individual assessments and certified programmes.

What I like about working for TLD

TLD provides an unusual opportunity to gain and leverage practical know-how and experience –gained through implementing solutions in a large and complex business (Thales UK) – and offer that experience to others in the form of consultancy and learning interventions.

This means we can go far beyond simply advising people on what they should do – we can innovate, try things out, and draw upon our wide breadth of hard-won experience when partnering with our customers. 


I have far-ranging interests spanning across the spheres of innovation, creative collaborative complex problem solving, organisational performance and leadership, and human psychology. I also enjoy outdoor pursuits, with a continuing interest in scuba-diving and mountaineering to which I’ve introduced my family and friends.