Sir Andrew Mathews was appointed as the Chairman of NNL on 1 January 2016, having served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board for around 18 months prior to that time.
He joined the Royal Navy straight from Newcastle Royal Grammar School in 1976, and held a variety of sea- and shore-based roles during a Navy career which spanned 38 years.
Ultimately promoted to Vice Admiral in 2009 and appointed as Chief of Materiel Fleet, he managed the RN's support and acquisition programme for all ships and submarines and was responsible for the operation of the RN's 3 naval bases. With over 4500 people and a budget of £5.4 billion pa, the post included both Defence Equipment and Support Main Board and Navy Board membership and chairmanship of the DE&S Safety Board.
Sir Andrew was appointed CB in 2008 and knighted in 2013. He retired from the Royal Navy in March 2014, and in addition to his NNL role he sits as an independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd and is a senior advisor to Atkins. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.