Chief Executive, SMD
SMD are the world leaders in Subsea Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) servicing the Oil and Gas, Renewables, Telecomms, and Mining markets. The business is owned by private equity and management and has grown 3 fold since its acquisition in 2008, employing over 420 people in the North East. It has a reputation as an innovator in technologies, emphasised by the fact that over half the employees are degree qualified engineers.
Andrew is also Vice Chair of the North East LEP, with specific responsibility for Skills and Employment and CORE (Centre for Renewable Energy), Chair of Subsea NE (a trade body promoting the regions subsea industry) and a board member of Subsea UK.
Andrew is a qualified accountant and MBA who has spent all his career in industry, with companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Corus and Spirit Aerosystems.