David Boulton

Principal

Education

University of Surrey
PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
University of Oxford
MA in Engineering Science

Past Experience

ERA Technology
Group Manager, Safety Critical Systems
BBC
Design Engineer

David is a Principal at Arthur D. Little, based in our Cambridge office in the United Kingdom.

Building on a strong technical background acquired in a development environment, David has been working in safety and risk management for over 20 years, principally in the rail sector, but also in the highways, chemicals and defense arenas. Clients include most major rail suppliers and a number of rail-operator organizations.

Projects have included both the development and streamlining of safety management systems, project delivery evaluation (i.e., Will the project succeed or fail?) and numerous safety-critical system assessments. 

Such projects typically require detailed analysis, clear presentation of arguments and engagement with senior management/stakeholders.

As well as working with UK clients, David has managed projects with clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany and India.

Outside of work, David is a keen amateur singer and a member of the local Triathlon club.

Recent Publications

Embracing complexity with value-based risk management
In the current environment uncertainties seem to be everywhere, making strategic planning more difficult than ever. Many companies use enterprise risk management (ERM) as a proven framework for managing risk. However, businesses are now looking to improve their track records when it comes to understanding and overcoming unwanted events. In this article the authors explore issues related to risk management and how the 6C framework can help.
The Trends in Megatrends
The forecasting of megatrends has significantly grown in recent years. Business, societies, governments and industries are increasingly demanding insights into future developments. At the same time, intelligence providers have come up with ever more sophisticated forecasting methods. In this article the authors shed light on the most important megatrends in the areas of technology, energy & the environment, economics & politics as well as social & health and examine how companies can best go about monitoring them.

David is a Principal at Arthur D. Little, based in our Cambridge office in the United Kingdom.

Building on a strong technical background acquired in a development environment, David has been working in safety and risk management for over 20 years, principally in the rail sector, but also in the highways, chemicals and defense arenas. Clients include most major rail suppliers and a number of rail-operator organizations.

Projects have included both the development and streamlining of safety management systems, project delivery evaluation (i.e., Will the project succeed or fail?) and numerous safety-critical system assessments. 

Such projects typically require detailed analysis, clear presentation of arguments and engagement with senior management/stakeholders.

As well as working with UK clients, David has managed projects with clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany and India.

Outside of work, David is a keen amateur singer and a member of the local Triathlon club.

Recent Publications

Embracing complexity with value-based risk management
In the current environment uncertainties seem to be everywhere, making strategic planning more difficult than ever. Many companies use enterprise risk management (ERM) as a proven framework for managing risk. However, businesses are now looking to improve their track records when it comes to understanding and overcoming unwanted events. In this article the authors explore issues related to risk management and how the 6C framework can help.
The Trends in Megatrends
The forecasting of megatrends has significantly grown in recent years. Business, societies, governments and industries are increasingly demanding insights into future developments. At the same time, intelligence providers have come up with ever more sophisticated forecasting methods. In this article the authors shed light on the most important megatrends in the areas of technology, energy & the environment, economics & politics as well as social & health and examine how companies can best go about monitoring them.

More About David
  • University of Surrey
    PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
  • University of Oxford
    MA in Engineering Science
  • ERA Technology
    Group Manager, Safety Critical Systems
  • BBC
    Design Engineer