About Us

Adaptavate is an award winning company rethinking and redesigning the way building materials are produced, used and disposed of. We are innovating and designing low-carbon construction products for healthy buildings and inhabitants which help ensure the longevity of our fragile ecosystem whilst surpassing the performance of market leading products.

By taking an innovative approach to the design and manufacture of construction products we endeavour to clean up and breathe a breath of fresh air into this traditionally conservative sector. We aim to produce these progressive materials at a scale needed, to have a big, positive impact.

We are Adapting + Innovating

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Our Vision & Values

Adaptavate’s values come from the founders’ personal principles and are strongly rooted within the company, informing and guiding all business decisions. We want to work with likeminded people, both in Adaptavate and in other companies. We love what we are doing and want to share what is important to us with you.

  • We develop solutions that are adaptive and innovative- its all in the name!
  • Our solutions cause no harm to this planet and its people.
  • Our materials build on the learnings from nature to help create healthy, low-carbon spaces.
  • We approach the established construction industry with a ‘breath of fresh air’.
  • We set up our company to inspire others to ‘be the change’.
  • We lead by example, to build an ecologically conscious company.


The Team

Founder

Tom has had a building company specialising in sustainable construction and the heritage sector, so has first-hand experience with building materials. During his MSc in Sustainable Architecture, Tom spent months developing and testing various bio composites in a green portacabin, resulting in Breathaboard. Having designed and experimented with the initial concept, Tom’s role is now to develop the business and raise awareness about materials and how they can enable people to live more healthy lives in healthy buildings.

When he is not playing around with bio-composites, he can be found speaking about them and their benefits. Other interests include sustainable business, circular economy and ecological education.

When he is not working, Tom is playing in nature’s playground either surfing, climbing, walking or watching his seeds grow in the garden.

Commercial Manager

After plans to be the driver of a steam train were foiled by the age of diesel locomotives Jason studied electronics and engineering before embarking in the world of sales, selling Lada cars.

His career has taken him through several sectors of the construction industry including the Head of Sustainability at one of the largest plasterboard manufacturers. During his time in this role, Jason worked on some of the country’s largest building projects including The Olympic Park and The Shard.

Commercially driven but with a background in sustainability, he has sat on several Government and Industry bodies focused on enhancing resource efficiency and developing lower impact buildings; whilst introducing new materials to the market that promote this.

As well as a passion for greener construction his other pleasure is sport where he is a keen supporter of Welsh Rugby and also the Chairman of a football club.

Senior Advisor

Nick is a consultant and entrepreneur, with a background in the energy business and as a strategy consulting partner, where his work has focused on helping businesses to be more sustainable and more profitable.

Tom and Nick met at their local bouldering wall, where it became apparent that they had a shared passion for sustainable business, one (Tom) as an entrepreneur building and growing a ground-breaking business in sustainable building materials, and one (Nick) helping companies who want to be more sustainable, to grow.

Nick is a senior advisor to Adaptavate, providing strategic guidance and helping out with the financials and business plans. In his spare time, he can be found ferrying around two teenage children, tinkering with classic cars and occasionally, climbing (badly).

Operations

Owen graduated from the School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Science at Plymouth University and studied a broad range of topics from environmental law and economics to ecology and oceanography.

After working for several years in the renewable energy industry both in the public and private sector, Owen became interested with the idea of the fabric first approach – building in high performing, low energy and often biodegradable materials from the outset rather than relying on bolt-on renewable energy devices. He first came across Adaptavate when attending a lecture by Tom at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. Owen is currently involved in the manufacturing of Adaptavate’s range of products and is looking into scaling up the manufacturing process to meet increasing demand.

When not working he can usually be found either on or under the water kayaking, scuba diving or occasionally attempting to surf. He also likes taking his dog for long walks in the country, so long as there’s a good pub at the end.


The Journey So Far

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