Andrew obtained his degree in chemistry and Ph.D. in sustainable fluorine chemistry and synthesis of recyclable homogeneous catalysts from the University of Leicester. After a period in Belfast, where he worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Queen’s University carrying out research for BP as part of a multi-million pound project, Andrew returned to Britain in 2006 to take up a role at Crystal Faraday (which became Chemistry Innovation KTN), a DTI-sponsored body promoting green and sustainable chemistry in the UK. Here, Andrew was a Project Formulator and Programme Manager for Fluorum, the network set up to promote fluorine chemistry in the UK and Europe. He also had responsibility for helping to manage Chemistry Innovation’s portfolio of UK projects.
Missing the lab, Andrew joined Pera Technology as a chemist in the Chemistry and Biotechnology division in 2007. Since joining the company, he has worked on the management and technical delivery of numerous projects in a wide range of areas from food research to industrial catalysis, waste minimisation, bio-fuels and alternative energy. He also helps to write successful bids for both TSB and EU funding. He was promoted to Principal Chemist in 2013 and now has additional responsibility for building industry-academia consortia in order to obtain research funding.
Andrew is a keen supporter of the Pera Foundation, a charitable trust set up by Pera to help the development of disadvantaged and disaffected young people in local society. Part of the Foundation’s remit is to encourage young people, through events, activities and competitions, to study STEM subjects and the RSC is the perfect partner to help the Foundation with this aim.
Is Volunteering Good for Business?
Outreach activities are increasing being seen by businesses as a core part of their social responsibility and an excellent way to help staff develop. However, business demands, staff awareness and finding suitable partners can challenge the success of outreach projects and misconceptions regarding measureable business/social impacts can deter corporations from participating. In this presentation, the question ‘is volunteering good for business?’ is asked, and the journey of Pera Technology Solutions in setting up the Pera Foundation is presented as a case study, describing the challenges we have faced, the impacts we have achieved and rewards we have received.