Andrew (Andy) undertook a successful 22 year engagement in the Royal Air Force, specialising in Air Battle Management (ABM), Air Command and Control (Air C2) and Joint C4I. Throughout his career, Andy took on some challenging Operational roles, ranging from the Air Defence of the UK, to various operational C4I deployments throughout the world, including a high profile military exchange tour as a C4I instructor with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), where he was awarded 2 United States medals for outstanding service.
As well as spending a great deal of time deployed operationally, Andy undertook a number of training and staff appointments, as well as 2 Command tours; towards the end of his RAF career, as a dedicated C4I expert working in the Air Warfare Centre, Andy played a leading role in testing and developing UK, US, and NATO C4I systems, with a particular emphasis on technical and operational interoperability, including multi-level security environments, data management, and sensor-to-shooter analysis.
On leaving the RAF, he set up his own C4I consultancy business (AMc4i Limited) delivering highly successful consultancy advice to both the United States Government and the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD). Such was the success of AMc4i, that it was acquired by 3SDL; Andy was hired as Director C4ISR, tasked with growing and delivering this emerging market segment for 3SDL. In the 6 years since Andy joined the company, he has played a key part in 3SDL's growth from £600k to over £7m turnover, helping the company successfully win and deliver multi-year, multi-discipline C4I contracts; these have ranged from Airborne ISR Services and Remote Sensing, to government acquisition support roles in £200m+ C4I procurement programs.
With Andy's drive and leadership, 3SDL has grown its presence and success in the MENA Region where the company has won, and is successfully delivering, a number of challenging C4I, Tactical Data Link (TDL), and ISR contracts. Such has been the company's growth here, that Andy was tasked with setting up a MENA Regional Office, which is now based in the UAE; this has allowed much closer contact with regional customers, and is making a significant contribution to 3SDL's continued success.
Andy lives in Abu Dhabi with his wife; his 2 children work in the UK, but visit very often!