John Adlen

Growth Director - CSC

John is a commercially focused business and economic development director with over 20-years experience in regeneration delivery, strategic land and property consulting and higher education.

He joined Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership as Growth Director for the Cheshire Science Corridor in February 2017. Prior to that he was Head of Research, Business and Employability Services (RBES) at Staffordshire University.

Prior to joining the University, John spent the best part of a decade in commercial research and consulting with two of the top global real estate advisory firms, DTZ and Savills. He was a Director of Research & Consultancy at DTZ, Head of DTZ’s Liverpool office and member of the UK Research & Consultancy senior management team. He later joined Savills as Director and Head of Strategic Development in their Manchester Office. He sat on the UK Public Sector Board and led Savills work nationally on Tax Increment Financing.

John’s early career was spent in local and regional economic development including European Policy Officer for the North West region and as a Regeneration Manager with Lancashire Enterprises. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from Lancaster University and is a member of the Institution of Economic Development. He is currently undertaking doctoral research into the role of higher education in regional economic development.


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