Andy Levy qualified in medicine from Nottingham University in 1981 and was awarded a PhD on the pathogenesis of pituitary tumours from the University of London in 1990. He has been a consultant in Bristol since 1993 and Professor of Endocrinology at Bristol University since 2006. He has major interests in medical device design (see VibraTip, VibraClip and Tube Anchor) and has developed the app ‘Speaking Clinically’ for iPhone and iPad. He has designed and built many training manikins to enhance clinical skills teaching and testing, and has developed a unique undergraduate assessment, the ‘Bristol Clinical Data Exam’. He continues to work in acute medicine and clinical endocrinology – but would much rather be in the shed.