David Cole, Technical Director, The adi Group
I am responsible for the design of pollution containment systems for industry.
I work with a range of people from the factory floor to directors of businesses.
My job involves travel all over the U.K., from Aberdeen to London.
It is important to be interested in change, enjoy a challenge and be innovative, whilst working with minimal supervision. Talking to people gets better results than relying on email!
I enjoyed school but found academic study hard. I was competitive and active and competed in cycling events at national level.
I took a range of GCSEs including sciences, art, maths, English and history.
I was not sure what I wanted to do when I left school but took up a craft apprenticeship with Ford motor company
At Ford, I learned about engineering design and manufacture, and trained in a supervisory role.
Focussing on maintenance of production plant led me to develop and patent a valve preventing pollution through spillage into drains. The valve has been widely used in industry and also by the Environment Agency. I was also author of “Making Pollution Prevention Pay”.
In 2012 I joined ADI as a technical director.