David Cottrell
Currnt facilitator
David Cottrell

Managing Director @ Gradient Limited

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers

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Rating: 4.69/5 stars (3767 ratings)

Level: LEVEL 06 (12mo pts: 8515 pts)

Lifetime points: 23431 pts View details

Customers 336
Business 298
Sales 168
Coaching 146
Manufacturing 146
Strategy 126
Training 119
Management 91
Leadership 87
Planning 36
Procurement 33
Supply Chain 29
Negotiation 22
Customer Service 20
Trainer 16
Purchasing 15
Team Building 13
Logistics 9
Consulting 8
Account Management 7
Customer-facing 6
Problem Solving 6
Cost Reduction 5
Business Strategy 4
Strategic Planning 4
Risk Management 2
Management Consulting 1
Strategy Development 1
Sales Management 1
Change Management
Cross-functional Team Leadership
Mergers & Acquisitions
Process Improvement
Operations Management
Business Planning
Performance Management
Team Leadership
Business Process Improvement
Project Planning
International Business
Key Account Management
Operational Excellence
Contract Negotiation
New Business Development
Supply Chain Management
People Management
Team Management
Customer Relations
Business Analysis
Continuous Improvement
Marketing Strategy
Business Management
Strategic Sourcing
Organizational Development
Process Engineering
Sales Development


Do you know..
Where to Compete?
How to Win?
Are you Organised for Success?
Either as a consultant, hands-on sales support or trainer for your business, David Cottrell can help your business grow and develop.
Your time can only be used once so make sure it is targeted towards customers that will value and pay for your service and products.

Through Gradient I can offer consulting and development support across all business areas in order to make sure that the right customers are being approached and that a strong message is in place with your customer-facing teams.

If sales are tight it is essential that costs are brought into line. Gradient can also offer excellence in supply chain and procurement in order to minimise expenditure and inefficiencies without compromising the quality of the delivered products and services.

Specialties: Corporate and Functional Strategy: Development and Implementation
Sales & Marketing, Procurement, Risk Management, M&A Transition Management, Negotiating Skills, Operational Excellence. Career Ladders, Incentive Schemes.


Managing Director

Gradient Limited

January 2008 - Present

Where to compete, how to win and organised for success.

David Cottrell has the skills and commitment to support you in any business improvement programme. Either by hands-on involvement in projects or via the training and coaching of your people.

Recent projects include acting as UK business developer for a German Contract Research Organisation and an American Aerospace supplier, a competitive intelligence training programme for a speciality lubricant supplier, an expansion plan for a UK supplier of chemicals and a non-executive director for a paint recycling charity.

Business Development

Advanced Technical Products

March 2017 - Present

Advanced Technical Products Supply Co., Inc is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of water based glass/ceramic coatings that protect, lubricate and identify metals at high temperatures.

Founded in 1988, Advanced Technical Products supplies the forging, foundry, heat-treating, steel, titanium and aluminum industries with specially formulated coatings that are designed to be both cost effective and superior performing. All of our coatings are formulated with the end user in mind.

Advanced Technical Products will custom formulate coatings to meet your hot working needs. All of our coatings are easily applied. The coating can be formulated for painting, dipping, flow-coating and spraying.

Advanced Technical Products prides itself on being customer responsive. All of your questions or concerns will be handled promptly and courteously.

Advanced Technical Products is committed to delivering quality products all of the time, on time.

Business Development


February 2016 - Present

LAUS was founded in 1989 and began working in the fields of ecotoxicology and environmental fate in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. In 1991, LAUS was converted into a GmbH with three managing partners and gained 1999 the GLP certificate for category 4 (Ecotoxicology) and 5 (Environmental Fate).

2003 we obtained the GLP certificate in 6 different categories: category 1 (Physico-chemical parameters), 3 (in vitro - Toxicology), 4 (Ecotoxicology), 5 (Environmental Fate), 6 (Residue Studies) and 8 (Analytics on Biological Materials).

Finally, in 2006 we moved into a new building in Kirrweiler (11 employees). Another GLP inspection followed in 2010, while the test category 9 (In vitro Studies on Mammalian Cells and Bacteria) was awarded.

Due to continuous growth of the business, the building was expanded in 2010 and includes till today 1500 m2. LAUS is an internationally recognized testing facility with approximately 50 employees, including 18 employees which make up our team of scientists. Since 2012, Dr. Dietmar Kuhn is the CEO and sole owner of the company.

Our laboratory can be divided into five different departments:

Analytical Chemistry
in vitro Toxicology
Environmental Fate
We are a private and independent laboratory and therefore our team can comply with the individual requirements of our clients and assure fast communication channels. Due to our experience with registration authorities and our wide network of consultants and partner laboratories, we can work out an individual testing scenario for regulatory purposes together with our customer.

Council Member

GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group)

June 2016 - Present

GLG’s mission is to transform the way top professionals share expertise and learn by curating custom learning experiences with professionals and thought leaders around the world. GLG organizes conversations, small group meetings, mentorships, surveys, and other interactions with a membership of more than 400,000 experts and thought leaders. I advise GLG clients on innovation, market strategy and proposition development across the chemical industries.

Non Executive Director

The Green Machine

May 2016 - Present

The Green Machine is a Community Interest Company based in Bracknell that takes unwanted and discarded paints and varnishes and turns them into usable product for your home and business. All at affordable prices. - reusing paint supplies in Bracknell

We provide a socially responsible service with professional oversight and direction, offering customers an affordable range of products.

Green Machine (enterprise) CIC runs Community RePaint (East Berkshire) as part of the Community RePaint Network.

The company provides training and work opportunities for people from all disadvantaged groups.

Green Machine CIC was created to offer real employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people. We were launched in the beginning of Feb 2009 and provide a quality option within the market.

Real employment and learning opportunities are created for disabled and disadvantaged people within the Borough. As a Social Enterprise/Firm, we aim to have at least 40% of our employees who are disabled or disadvantaged.

Do you need paint?
To learn more about our paint reusing services, feel free to get in touch today.



January 2016 - Present

Healthy Lifestyle Support
At VitalinQ we create a platform with focus on the individual and put them in control of their own health issues. Up-to-date and easily accessibleaAdvice and specific information about nutrition, exercise and awareness.
A Social Media for your health

Business Mentor Volunteer

The Prince's Trust

January 2009 - Present

Working with your entrepreneurs as a mentor and also running the sales & marketing training day in the Enterprise Programme.

Personalised Nutrition & Health


April 2015 - Present

TNO: Innovation for Life. All aspects of Food & Nutrition.

Performance Climate System Practitioner

Performance Climate Systems Ltd

April 2018 - Present


MDI Management Development International

January 2018 - Present

We support and enable leaders who improve their environment.
To invest in leadership development and to unlock the potential for development ensures long-term benefits for your company. Furthermore, it promotes creative solutions in a change process. MDI and our top-performing managers and experts support you on your way to a high-performance-organization.