Meet Andrew

Name and age: Andy Smart / 61

What's your job title? Technician

Where did you grow up? Balfour Road, then Tuffley, Gloucester. Gloucester boy all my life!

How do you explain what you do to your kids / grandchildren / parents (how many do you have if of note)? The wife and kids / grandkids have visited the company. They are amazed at how a diamond will grow in 14 days in the reactors – so much easier to explain and show what they can be turned into, when the wife is wearing jewellery with diamonds that we have made.

What’s the furthest / most exciting place you have travelled to? Boston / Houston Texas USA. I have also managed to travel to Italy in less than 24 hrs on a company visit!! Had great holidays in Portugal, Spain and Tennerife!!! 

What does a diamond signify to you? Luxury, Quality.

What do you think is the biggest scientific breakthrough in recent years and why? Hydrogen capture – I really think this could be the fuel of the future.

What makes you get up in the morning with a spring in your step? Seeing my children and grandchildren - seeing them grow and things they achieve and do makes me smile most days!! 

How do you spend your free time? Played a lot of sport in my younger years (played at county level at cricket and Gloucester colts at Rugby). Nowadays its watching Gloucester play rugby and playing Golf. I also like watching Formula 1, Football and various other sports. I have always liked to tinker with cars and doing DIY around the house.

Myself and my wife Jenny spend a lot of time with my three grandchildren, This gives me the best satisfaction, seeing them growing up.