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Dstl’s CTO becomes a Ploughshare Board Member

12 April 2019

Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer office for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to its board.

Ploughshare is pleased to welcome Professor Andy Bell to its board. Professor Bell brings a wealth of technical knowledge combined with the experience of delivering capability to blue-light services following more than 25 years’ of experience in world-leading UK government technical laboratories. Piers White, Chairman of Ploughshare Innovations, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Andy to the Ploughshare Innovations Board. He is very well qualified for the role having considerable experience of driving scientific research through to deployment. He brings a deep understanding of the public sector and academia which will be of help to us as we commercialise the next phase of exciting technologies."

Professor Bell is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with responsibility for Science & Technology (S&T) capabilities to support the UK’s defence, security and resilience. He sits on the Dstl Executive Management Committee and Board, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Institute of Physics as well as a Council Member of the former. He also sits on the Board of the Jill Dando Institute.

Prior to joining Dstl, Professor Bell was Head of the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) in the Home Office from 2015 until its integration into Dstl in 2018. He led the organisation in providing S&T advice and solutions to support operational and policy development in policing, fire and rescue, borders and immigration, counter-terrorism and security.

Upon his appointment, Professor Bell commented:

"I am really excited about joining the Ploughshare Board. I have a strong interest in the exploitation of science and technology and have been involved with Ploughshare since its inception. I am very much looking forward to helping the company meet the challenges of the future."

Professor Bell was appointed to the board on 1 March and fills the vacancy left by Professor Penny Endersby who is now Chief Executive of the Met Office.


Ploughshare Innovations Limited

Ploughshare Innovations is the technology transfer organisation for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). It turns 'swords into ploughshares' by enabling businesses to gain access to defence and security technology developed by leading government laboratories. Ploughshare ensures Government technology is put to good use and benefits the UK, society as a whole, and humanity by applying innovative technology to improve people’s lives. Since its creation in 2005, the company has licensed 125 technologies and attracted £140 million of investment. Read more about Ploughshare.

Contact: info@ploughshareinnovations.com | @ploughshare1


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) works to apply cutting-edge science and technology (S&T) to keep UK Armed Forces, and the British people, protected from harm. It is an executive agency of MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with six sites: at Porton Down, near Salisbury; Portsdown West, near Portsmouth; Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks; Sandridge, near St Albans; Langhurst, near Horsham; and, Alverstoke, near Gosport. Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas.

Contact the Dstl press office on 01980 956845 or 07384 210107 or  press@dstl.gov.uk | @dstlmod

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