Andrew is currently chairman of Sphere Fluidics Ltd., a biotechnology tools company aiming to transform the search for new drugs and medicines. He is also a member of the board of Ploughshare Innovations and of the Diplomatic Excellence panel of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as the investment panel of the Design Council’s Spark product innovation fund.
Andrew has over 30 years of commercial and general management experience in publicly and privately owned high-technology businesses, during which time he has been the CEO of spin-out companies from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
His most recent executive role was as the founding chief executive of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund, a unique early-stage technology investment fund set up by the Royal Society and supported by philanthropy.Andrew has a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
He has held non-executive director roles with several companies and served on national and regional committees concerned with technical innovation and competitiveness. He speaks fluent French and conversational Japanese.
Non-executive board member, IPO
The role of our Steering Board is to advise Ministers, through our Director General, on our strategies and performance (including targets) as set out in our Corporate Plan. It also provides guidance from a commercial standpoint on our operation and development across a range of issues.
During the last 12 months, the Steering Board has provided advice and guidance on a wide range of topics, such as our Corporate Plan, Agency Targets, Intellectual Property Policy, Accounts and Risk Management.
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