Adrian Wheeler was educated at Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge, where he received an MA in English. He started out as a local newspaper reporter and then joined a corporate and financial public relations consultancy in the City of London. Four years later he set up Sterling Public Relations, a general practice PR firm, with a partner. This company was acquired by Grey Advertising in 1990 as its first European public relations unit, and Wheeler became CEO of GCI UK. In this role he grew GCI into a top-ten UK PR firm and led the development of GCI into a top-ten EMEA network with 28 offices and 18 affiliates. In 2000 he was appointed chairman of GCI Europe. He left GCI in 2005 when Grey Advertising was acquired by WPP.
Wheeler is a member of the board of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and was chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association in 1999-2001. He is a judge for the annual awards of the International Public Relations Association and is a court assistant of the City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners. He is a London board member of British-American Business and belongs to the Vice-Chancellor’s Panel on Communications at Cambridge University. In 2007 he became a director of Speakers’ Corner Trust, an international free-speech campaign.
Today Wheeler is a partner in Agincourt Communications, a London-based issues and crisis management consultancy, and is a non-executive director of Firefly Communications, The London Communications Agency and The Gyroscope Consultancy. He also works as a trainer for Pinnacle Public Relations.