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Andrew joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has helped design a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks. He has been responsible for optical fibre and systems specifications. He currently leads BT’s optical core and access research including optical access, high speed transmission, Software Defined Networking and Quantum Communications. He regularly speaks at conferences and was Technical Program Chair for OFC 2015 and General Chair for OFC 2017. He is an associate Editor of Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN), is Visiting Professor at Essex University, Senior Member of the IEEE and a Chartered Engineer with the IET. He currently is project manager for the EU Horizon 2020 project ‘Metro-Haul’