Andrew rhys Howell

Andrew is a born and bred Cardiffian. Educated at Monkton House Cardiff and Llanishen High School Cardiff he read Accountancy at the University of Buckingham before returning to Cardiff in 1979 to start BCB International Ltd. 


Over the 40 plus years at the helm, he has built BCB International into a world market leading designer and manufacture of survival and rescue equipment; which has helped save many thousands of lives over the years.


BCB is an environmentally friendly, family run company, driven by a passion for innovation and sustainability by always striving to make a difference. With our CANEI policy of Continuous and Never Ending Innovation, we have numerous products patented worldwide, including a new bio solid fuel and the first ballistic underwear for British and American forces in Afghanistan. The company exports approximately half of its turnover and has won two Queens Awards for export achievement, numerous other awards mainly for product design and has two manufacturing sites in Cardiff and Llanelli. 


Andrew is passionate about innovation and new product design and frequently actively field tests new equipment, including on some of his charity fundraising climbs to Kilimanjaro and Everest base camp. He actively supports numerous charities, including Velindre Cancer Centre, NSPCC and a Cardiff homeless charity and Rainbow of Hope.  


He and Janey his wife, met while studying at university, have three daughters who they raised in Cardiff.   

Interests are in the many rural activities including rugby, sailing, adventure and most outdoor pursuits.  

Andrew looks forward to continuing the excellent work performed by Dr. Isabel Graham the previous High Sheriffs in the following areas: 

  • To support all those people involved in protecting and promoting law and order in the County with particular reference to the Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and Armed Forces;

  • To support the Judiciary to include the Judges, Magistrates, Coroners, Prison and Probations Service;

  • To support local charities within the County; and

  • To support schools in the County