Professor Adam Beaumont (born August 1972) is a businessman, angel investor, trustee and digital entrepreneur. He is the CEO of telecommunications provider aql, a visiting professor of cyber security at the University of Leeds and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia to the Northern Powerhouse and the Isle of Man.
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
|Occupation||Founder and CEO of aql|
CEO of BlueWave Communications
Founder of NorthInvest
Early life and education
Beaumont was state educated. He was born in Stockport, England.
He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and a BSc in Colour and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Leeds.
After completing his PhD, Beaumont began his career at age 24 with a three-year stint as the University of Leeds' youngest lecturer in physical chemistry, including quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.
He then spent some time in secure mobile communications for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA), an agency of the Ministry of Defence. Beaumont was involved in building the agency's first cyber teams.
In 2008, he purchased the Salem Chapel, a 1791 Grade II listed building in the heart of Leeds. Over several years, he restored the building and turned it into the main data hub in the North. The restored chapel houses aql's head office, and has hosted the launch of government initiatives, including the Northern Powerhouse concept and the first Northern Powerhouse Partnership report.
In 2015, Beaumont founded not-for-profit investment platform NorthInvest. As an angel investor, he invests between £20,000 and £400,000 in early-stage tech companies, such as CBiS Education, Deekit, ID Health, Memento VR and Gravity Industries.
Beaumont is active overseas, leading the founding delegation to create UK:Estonia TechLink. More recently he led a delegation of northern business leaders on an April 2017 trade mission to San Francisco as part of the government's Northern Powerhouse initiative.
Honours and other endeavours
Beaumont was appointed a visiting professor of cyber security at the University of Leeds in October 2017. He is also a governor of Leeds City College. He is a patron of Leeds Community Foundation and the major supporter of Child friendly Leeds
In June 2017, Beaumont was appointed as a Trustee of the Eden Project. He is also a Non Executive Director of the Eden Project International Board - responsible for Eden projects in China, Ireland, Dubai, US. He is a key driver of Eden Project North,
Beaumont was named International Director of the Year 2017 for Yorkshire and the North East by the Institute of Directors. He was named Director of the Year for Innovation in 2018. He was named International Director of the Year in 2019.
A regular keynote speaker on topics including cyber security and mobile security, Beaumont delivered the opening address at the Huddersfield leg of the Duke of York's prestigious Pitch@Palace entrepreneurship competition in February 2018. In April, he gave two talks at CYBERUK 2018, the National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) annual flagship conference.
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