Spotlight on Talent – Adam P

Another example of the wonderful talent to be found on Evenbreak!

Introducing Adam Pollard …

To find out more about Adam, we asked him a few questions… 

Black and white head and shoulders picture of Adam
Adam Pollard

What would be your dream role? 

Put simply, Big Data Architect! I like to think of myself as a bone fide applied mathematician and statistician with wide-ranging experience. My key strength is a familiarity with science, business, and the data required to drive them. I understand the developmental link between processes, data requirements and conceptual models. So, I can evaluate the need for people and resources from different disciplines and co-ordinate using learning from across science and business.     

What do people you’ve worked with or volunteered with say about you? 

I’ve got determination and tenacity, I can see the bigger picture, and I’ve got experience of the ups and downs of life that other people might not have. I lost my wife in 2011, when my kids were eight and six, so I’ve brought them up by myself, and with cerebral palsy.  

What are you particularly proud of? 

Anecdotally, I was one of the first people in Cornwall with multi-dimensional CP who was mainstream educated. And I’m proud of where my kids have ended up, despite losing their mum so young. In work, I was chuffed to be the only mathematician invited to the 43-strong Workshop on Environmental Sustainability and Clinical Care held at Yale in 2018. My work was cited a number of times and will be underpinning development of sustainability metrics for the world’s healthcare systems, a key objective coming out of the Workshop.   

Can you tell us something not many people would know about you? 

I’ve met quite a few top-level sportsmen and women. The kids and I have stayed several times at a sports resort in Wales which the national rugby and football teams use as a training base. They were all friendly and happy to chat, be photographed and sign memorabilia. My son returned to the hotel room beaming having met Joe Allen and Gareth Bale, whereas I was content to have chatted to Chris Coleman, Andy Powell, Neil Jenkins and Warren Gatland.    

What’s your disability? 

I have multi-dimensional cerebral palsy. One issue I have is that first impressions can be so wrong – a person meeting me in the street might not realise that, not only can I hold a decent conversation, but I have four degrees, one of which is a PhD from the world-leading institution in my field. We’ve got to smash those taboos!  

Recent Professional Experience

RESEARCH DIRECTOR | WWW.NUMERATION.CO.UK | AUG 2013 – PRESENT 

Provides organisations with highly granular health & wellbeing operational models based on real numbers. 

ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST | TRURO, UK | OCT 2013 – PRESENT 

PEOPLE STATISTICS LEAD | DEC 2019 – PRESENT  

Provides technical and mathematical modelling expertise for NHS redesign and for mechanisms that gather information to link corporate welfare and patient outcomes.  

INNOVATION MANAGER | OCT 2013 – DEC 2019  

Led the development of multiple advancements and research opportunities within the Trust by supporting innovators in securing funding to further projects, writing grant applications worth up to £2.5M.  

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER MEDICAL SCHOOL | FEB 2011 – SEP 2013 

HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOW THEN HONORARY SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW  

Research Fellow at the European Centre for Environment & Human Health. Invited to apply for Fellowship on the strength of ground-breaking carbon modelling project, the Pollard Model, which models the ‘triple bottom line’ of carbon, cost, and patient outcomes in healthcare.    

Education and professional qualifications

Ph.D. Camborne School of Mines, UK and CSM Associates (CSMA) Ltd 1995 – 1998 

“A Numerical Study of Flow and Contaminant Transport in Fractured Porous Media” 

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, University of Exeter 1994 – 1995 

Secondary Mathematics and Information Technology 

M.Sc. Industrial Applied Mathematics, University of Southampton 1993 – 1994 

B.Sc. (hons) Mathematics, University of Exeter 1989 – 1992 

To find out more about Adam, email rachaels@evenbreak.co.uk

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