Andy G Sellars

Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

After studying laser physics at St Andrews University, Andy completed an industrially-sponsored PhD in power engineering at Strathclyde University. This work was spun-out through Diagnostic Monitoring Systems, which was later acquired by US-based Qualitrol.

Following university, Andy developed high voltage transmission for Rolls Royce, high-definition RADAR for the MoD and advanced test systems for Spirent PLC – one product generating sales for over 15 years. He then joined a venture-capital backed start-up developing financial transaction software, followed by work with Abbott Diagnostics in Dallas developing photon sensors for health analytics. During this time, Andy completed an Executive MBA from the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University.

As an independent consultant, Andy delivered commercial R&D projects in power electronics, RF and photonics including: HID lighting to film James Bond; marketing strategies for licensed IPTV; DMX lighting for Sky TV and industrial IoT servers (in 2000). Combining expertise in software and electronics, Andy automated production facilities serving a DIY superstore. He also set up an events management company, securing speakers from Channel 4 TV and the House of Lords.

Joining Innovate UK in 2013, Andy developed the business case for the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, consulting widely with industry, government and academia. The Catapult was announced in January 2016, and Andy joined the Catapult as Chief Business Development Officer in 2017.