Andy Tempest, CEO, Emerald Automotive Design Ltd.

Andy TempestAndy formed AGT Strategic Consulting in 2007. While Andy provided consultancy to the respective boards of both Intelligent Energy Holdings plc and Group Lotus, he developed the total business proposition for the new lightweight extended range electric vehicle delivery van. Andy then facilitated the formation of Emerald in 2011 to fully commercialise the proposition. He serves as a Director of Emerald.

Andy's experience has been gained over the previous 20 years of executive positions within the automotive sector. For five years prior to setting up his consultancy, Andy was CEO of Prodrive, a global motorsports and high performance car design company with joint ventures with Ford, Honda and Subaru.

Other senior positions held by Andy include CEO of Hawtal Whiting plc, a global design consultancy that he joined in 1996 to run the USA operations and was promoted to lead the plc board in 2000. Prior to his assignment in the USA, Andy was finance director and COO of Group Lotus. In this position, he was responsible for the finance, purchasing, legal, production and IT of the company during two new car programs, including the Elise sports car and several major whole vehicle design contracts. Andy has set up and directed many overseas Joint Ventures throughout his career including USA, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan and throughout Europe.