Andy G Sellars

Innovate UK

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.

As an independent consultant, Andy developed lighting to film James Bond, marketing strategies for a Canadian IPTV chipset manufacturer, colour-blending algorithms for DMX lighting and embedded web-servers for IoT (in 2000). Combining expertise in software and electronics, Andy provided bespoke automation solutions to high-volume UK manufacturers. He also set up a charitable events management company, securing an executive speaker from Channel 4 TV and a keynote speaker from the House of Lords.

Andy joined the High Value Manufacturing team at Innovate UK in 2013 taking responsibility for advanced materials and electronics manufacturing. Building strategic alliances between industry, government and academia, Andy developed the business case for the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult. Andy holds an Executive MBA from the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University.