Andy Palmer

Advisory Board Member


Dr Andy Palmer CMG, FIMechE. has over 40 years’ experience as a chartered engineer and automotive executive, having served in leadership positions at both Nissan and Aston Martin.  At Nissan Andy held a succession of positions, including Program Director for Light Commercial Vehicles, Senior Vice-President, and Executive Vice-President before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Andy was credited with pioneering ground-breaking technologies, including leading the development of the Nissan LEAF electric car and was also Chairman of Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury model. 

From 2014 to 2020 Andy was president and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, overseeing the launch of four core car models with nine derivatives, including the development and launch of the DBX, the company’s first foray into the growing Luxury SUV market.  This led to the company opening a new manufacturing facility in South Wales, UK. Andy’s time at Aston Martin coincided with unique business conditions, including navigating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Andy’s deep understanding of complex manufacturing and automotive supply chains, notably throughout a plethora of economic cycles brings huge value to the Falcon team. 

Andy is now undertaking a number of roles including Chairman of Optare plc; leading the transformation of a traditional bus company into a global EV technology company. 

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