Alan Cousens MA, MBA, MSc, PhD

Cranfield School of Management

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Dr. Alan Cousens

Visiting Fellow


Alan Cousens


  • Manufacturing Strategy
  • Innovation Management

Alan is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a Doctorate in Metallurgy. Whilst developing his career he studied part-time at Cranfield University, gaining an MBA.

Alan has held a number of senior management roles in a variety of high technology manufacturing companies in the UK, all operating internationally. His most recent industrial roles were as Managing Director with Graseby plc, Managing Director of a group of manufacturing companies for Smiths Industries plc, and Managing Director of Medical for Oxford Instruments plc. These companies manufactured high technology medical equipment which were sold across the world.

After an extended career in industry Alan took a self financed sabbatical to study Economics for a masters degree with London University, Birkbeck College.

Since graduation Alan has developed a portfolio career; working in product development at The Institute for Manufacturing (University of Cambridge), as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, as a researcher with Cambridge Resolution Ltd, and has recently launched a third sector consultancy (with his daughter), Primetimers East.  

Alan’s work is focused on supporting small and medium sized enterprises, in the private and third sectors. At Cranfield he has taught Innovation, and researched in Operations.
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