Andrew is an experienced network, computer infrastructure and cyber security engineer and is the Programme Lead on the College’s HNC and HND in Digital Technologies as well as the BSc (Hons) Digital and Technological Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (Software Engineering).
Andrew joined the College in 2001, initially working within the IT Services team, first as an assistant network manager at the Salisbury campus and later at the Trowbridge campus. He joined the academic staff in 2015 to become a lecturer in Computing at the Chippenham campus and rates qualifying as a lecturer as the proudest achievement of his career.
Before joining the College, Andrew worked in the computing industry, mainly working in the fields of network infrastructure, network servers and VoIP telephone systems.
Andrew’s motivation to transition to teaching stemmed from his own experience at school where he was always inspired by the unconventional techniques of his A-Level IT teacher. He now strives to bring the same enthusiasm for innovative ways to learn into his own classroom.
His passion for all things computers comes from the enormous variety within the field. Andrew explains: “All of the opportunities for growth in computing are tied to the variety of technologies and situations security professionals have to deal with. If it uses ones and zeros, it has a cyber security component.
“Security professionals get the chance to work directly with teams on technologies and systems they never dreamed of. From robots to cars to websites serving millions and millions of users, the variety is near infinite. Cyber security is an exciting career prospect. Bored is not a word you'll hear being using often.”
Alongside teaching, Andrew has also continued his own studies and completed a MSc degree in Telecommunication Management with Arden University in 2021.
In his spare time when not playing around with computers, Andrew enjoys outdoor pursuit such as paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking, and spending time with his family.