Andrew Tyler studied Nautical Studies at the University of Plymouth. He practiced as a hydrographic and oceanographic surveyor at BMT, founding BMT Marine Information Systems a pioneer of chart-based information systems. He completed a part-time PhD in marine pollution in 1999. In 2001 he became Managing Director of BMT Defence Services, designers of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and support engineering for the in-service submarine flotilla. He finished his career at BMT as Operations Director chairing BMT’s marine insurance, port development, environmental, risk, and defence businesses. He joined MOD becoming Chief Operating Officer at Defence Equipment and Support with responsibility for all acquisition programmes including the QE aircraft carrier, Type 45 destroyer, Tide-class auxiliaries, Astute submarine, Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary), fast insertion craft, etc. Andrew was made a CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to defence. In 2011 he became Managing Director of Marine Current Turbines, then the world’s leading tidal energy company, selling it to Siemens in 2013. That year he became Chief Executive Europe for Northrop Grumman responsible for their $1Bn European programme including NATO’s surveillance drone programme, Sperry Marine, the Sentry AWACS, and intelligence agency programmes. In 2018 Andrew was appointed CEO of Algeco Group, the world’s largest modular space company.
As well as a Fellow of the IMarEST, Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered surveyor, chartered marine scientist, chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. He holds a BSc (First Class), an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School, a PhD and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Plymouth.