Materials alumnus appointed Chief Executive at Sir Henry Royce Institute

The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials has appointed a leading Sheffield Materials scientist and engineer as Chief Executive.

Andrew Hosty, an alumnus of the University of Sheffield, joins the Institute having previously worked for Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, where he was Chief Operating Officer.

He graduated from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1992 having completed a PhD in Ceramics, and a BSc in Technology in 1987.

Andrew has maintained strong links with the Department, most noticeably as a member of the Industrial Liaison Committee, working closely with the Department to promote academic - industry research collaborations and enhance degree programmes, ensuring courses reflect current developments and industry skills requirements to provide successful student development.

I am delighted to be joining the Sir Henry Royce Institute at such an exciting and crucial stage. The Institute will be a world-leading centre for advanced materials, not simply research into how materials can tackle some of the greatest challenges facing the planet, but also how we work with industry to commercialise them. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the UK’s leading researchers in advanced materials, and could present a significant boost for the economy of the North of England.


A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience of the commercial sector with main board experience of FTSE 250, SmallCap and private businesses and has worked at all stages of business growth and economic cycles.

He was one of the key architects of the technology-led commercial strategy for Morgan Advanced Materials, and will be tasked with ensuring the Royce Institute becomes a world leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation.

The Institute will have its hub at The University of Manchester and spokes at the founding partners, comprising the University of Sheffield and universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

It will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials, science and technology that underpins all industrial sectors.

Andrew’s broad expertise in advanced materials spans strategy, research and operations for ceramic, alloy and composites businesses across aerospace, medical, electronic and petrochemical sectors. He has been responsible for manufacturing facilities and successful high value contract negotiations in Europe, China, India and Latin America and has led a number of acquisitions and divestments.

Andrew brings a wealth of experience in both materials science and commercialisation. His record of delivering outstanding results while in the commercial sector, combined with his infectious enthusiasm for this important and exciting project will be key to the success of the Institute.

Julia KING, Baroness Brown of Cambridge / the Chair of the Institute

Further information

Royce Translational Centre

The University of Sheffield has received confirmation of funding for the development of a new Royce Translational Centre to be built next to the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) Factory 2050.

Part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, the Royce Translational Centre will support the transformation of the advanced manufacturing process and supply - offering manufacturing companies the opportunity to adopt next generation technology to produce and process metal powders.

64th Hatfield Memorial Lecture

Julia King DBE, FREng, Professor the Baroness Brown of Cambridge will deliver the 64th Hatfield Memorial Lecture entitled “The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials: The Challenge”. 

For more information and to book, visit Hatfield Memorial Lecture.