Professor Adam Ogilvie-Smith
Title: Professor
First Name: Adam
Surname: Ogilvie-Smith
Position: Visiting Professor
Telephone: n/a

Duties and Responsibilities

Professor Adam Ogilvie-Smith is a visiting professor at the Aberdeen Business School, appointed in 2008.

His teaching interests lie in the areas of Management Consultancy, Organisation Review, Organisational Development, Strategy, Marketing and Business Continuity. 

He has presented his 'Argubus' workshop on management consultancy and organisational development to the class of MBA students annually since 2009.

Academic Background

Adam worked as a civil servant for 13 years, for both Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Cabinet Office. On leaving the Civil Service, Adam joined KPMG, where he conducted a review of the Traffic Police of England & Wales.  He then joined Racal, which became Thales, where he spent many years as a management consultant, as well as a year working in Paris.  From 2009 to 2011 Adam was seconded on behalf of UK Industry to the Home Office (Office for Security & Counter-Terrorism), and then to UK Trade & Investment (Defence & Security Organisation) where he led a business development initiative for the UK's capabilities in aviation security, taking the capabilities around the world.  In 2012 he joined CGI, where he provides management consultancy in space, defence, national security and cyber security.

His management and business consultancy has included:

  • project management of a company takeover and the subsequent ‘get-well’ programme;
  • a comprehensive review of the Traffic Police in England and Wales, including an activity-based costing of their operations;
  • a comprehensive review of a flight simulation business in the UK (~600 staff);
  • financial modelling (including the Monte Carlo analysis) and business development of the entry of a major company into the mobile satellite communications market;
  • an investigation of the options for an international enterprise to enhance collaboration between its three sites in the UK, France and Australia;
  • many organisation reviews of effectiveness and efficiency, within the private and public sectors;
  • financial & statistical modelling of business, operations and risk, including Monte Carlo simulations, to support business decision-making;
  • a review of the procurement options for the Next Generation National Resilience Extranet (NG-NRE), and how the procurement could be de-risked;
  • direction of the operational synergies programme across a UK enterprise, to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs by around £38m over three years.

Adam is a frequent speaker on national security, resilience, counter-terrorism and aviation security, and the contribution that science & technology can make to these subjects and has made presentations on these subjects in four continents. He also has 18 years’ experience as a special constable (volunteer police officer), which explains the bottle scars!

Adam holds a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Mathematics & Statistics from Edinburgh University, a Diploma in Management and an MBA from the Open University, and the Certificate in Company Direction and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Research Interests

As a member first of the European Security Research & Innovation Forum (ESRIF) and then the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) Security Advisory Group, Adam has played a role in setting the European security research agenda in recent years.  He therefore is closely involved in several aspects of European security research.

He conducts research into the application of innovation in the fields of defence, security, resilience, cyber security and communications.  He also researches how the public sector, the private sector and academia can collaborate in the most effective and efficient manner – both in the UK and across Europe. 

His management and business research interests range from Management Consultancy, Organisation Review, Organisational Development, Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, International Enterprise, Knowledge Management and Business Continuity.

Current Research

Chair of External Advisory Board of VALCRI, an FP7-funded project investigating how data visualisation and analytics can assist criminal investigation, led by Middlesex University: 2014 to date

Professional Memberships

Member of the Royal Institution (MRi)

Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD)

External / Professional Roles

  • External Adviser to the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime research (CENTRIC), Sheffield Hallam University: 2013 to date
  • Member of the European Security Research & Innovation Forum (ESRIF): 2009
  • Member of the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 Security Advisory Group: 2009-2012  
  • Chair of the European Commission’s FP7 Security Advisory Group Sub-Group on Counter-Terrorism: 2009-2012  


Xu, K., Zhang, L., Pérez, D., Nguyen, P.H., & Ogilvie-Smith, A. (2017) Evaluating Interactive Visualization of Multidimensional Data Projection with Feature Transformation. Journal of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (Special Issue on Coupling Computation and Human Cognition through Interaction Design)

De-Risking the Procurement of Next Generation National Resilience Extranet  (2013)

Traffic Policing: Activity & Organisation, Home Office Police Research Series, (1994)

Media Coverage

Interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland (Good Morning Scotland) marking the cyber security in oil & gas event at Robert Gordon University in June 2014.