Adam Morton


Adam Morton

Head of Business in the Future Technologies Group, Rolls Royce

Adam joined Rolls-Royce’s in 2007 to establish its multi-disciplinary Low Carbon Technology unit with responsibility for identifying and evaluating renewable and clean-tech opportunities across the group.

He is currently Head of Business for Rolls-Royce’s Future Technology Group – the unit that acts as the prime technological early warning system for the company as well as having responsibility for generating future concepts and developing, protecting and transferring cutting edge disruptive technologies across all of the Rolls-Royce businesses. This role involves considerable university and academic interaction, particularly on geared R&T programmes funded by the European Union, Innovate UK and the UK and US Governments. Other aspects of the role include technology road-mapping, business case development, relationship building, strategy buy-off and management of collaborative programmes.

As well as a Masters degree from Swansea University, Adam has an MBA from Imperial College and a Masters in Finance from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Adam chaired and spoke during the University-Business Collaboration session (Session Slides).

Executive Summary

Over the last 30 years, Rolls-Royce plc has developed a unique model of University-Business collaboration through its network of University Technology Centres (UTCs) and manufacturing research centres. This has delivered long-term capability and access to key talent and intellectual capability, essential for continuing success in extremely challenging technical fields. The company also benefits from the challenge and dialogue borne from diversity and a multi-sector perspective. In the session the speaker considers how this model may have to further evolve over the long term.