Prof. Adam Boddison OBE

An inclusive leader blending education and enterprise

Prof Adam Boddison is an inclusive and innovative leader of education and enterprise with a broad portfolio of experience both in the UK and overseas.

Adam is Chief Executive of the Association for Project Management. He has a non-executive director portfolio that has previously included being Chair of the Corporation for a Further Education college and a Trustee for a multi-academy trust providing education for 32,000 pupils across 58 primary, secondary and specialist settings. Adam is also a Visiting Professor at Stranmillis University College (Queens University Belfast) and the University of Leicester (School of Business).

Prior to this, Adam held a number of executive leadership roles including Chief Executive for nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs), Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick and Academic Principal for IGGY (a global educational social network for gifted teenagers). He has published a range of education books and mathematics text books and is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.

Adam has a particular interest in leading organisations that deliver societal benefit.

Experience includes:

  • CEO of nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs). This included the successful delivery of a ‘turnaround and growth’ strategy that saw membership increase 10-fold over 5 years (~4000 to ~40,000). Implementation of significant revenue diversification and the development of a strategic relationship with the Department for Education to support policy development for SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities). Establishment and Chairing of the National SEND Reference Group and the Whole School SEND consortium (50+ third sector and private sector organisations). Founding and growth of nasen’s international education offer. Authoring ‘The Governance Handbook for SEND and Inclusion: schools that work for all learners’


  • Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, where Adam led the centre to Ofsted Outstanding judgements for both primary and secondary teacher training provision and ran a number of international education projects


  • Academic Principal for the global educational social network, IGGY. Development of online learning pedagogical framework across multiple curriculum areas. Key point of liaison with curriculum content experts and giftedness academics globally. Strategic partnership development with MENSA, Potential Plus UK, and National Association for Able Children in Education.


  • Chief External Examiner for the Undergraduate Secondary Education  Degree at Edge Hill University.


  • 10 years experience in the Residential Life Team at the University of Warwick, including five years as Warden of the Heronbank and Lakeside Student Village



  • Series Editor for a suite of A-level Maths and Further Maths text books (Harper Collins, Cambridge International Education)



  • Qualified clinical hypnotherapist (Institute of Clinical Hypnosis)

Adam’s other notable memberships:

  • Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)


  • Member of the Association of MBAs


  • Member of the NGA (National Governance Association)