Andrew Croydon

Director, Education and Examination Policy & Partnerships , The ABPI

A scientist and educationalist, Andrew started his career in Developmental Neuroscience research at King’s College London, and subsequently moved into science education, graduating with a PGCE and subsequently a Masters in Educational Leadership. After a number of years in the classroom and subsequent leadership roles within mainstream education, Andrew joined the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

In his current role as Director of Education and Examination Policy & Partnerships, Andrew has focused on strategic leading and driving of the UK Life Sciences skills and education agenda to ensure access to a skilled workforce and inspiring STEM education – including delivery of the ABPI schools initiative.

Andrew publishes the industry’s substantive authoritative biennial skills gap analysis, as well as reviews of industry-academic collaborations. Andrew’s public speaking engagements have covered topics including: apprenticeships, STEM education, digital skills, professional examination standards and equality, diversity & inclusion – from conferences to parliamentary committee evidence sessions.

Alongside education and skills policy development, Andrew directs ABPI Professional Exams – Ofqual regulated accredited qualifications for industry personnel to meet mandatory competency.

Andrew remains passionate about STEM education, workforce development, lifelong learning and informed career choices to support fulfilling careers.

The Mermaid, London

16 November 2023