Born in England, Andrew Goddard received a degree in mechanical engineering from Trent University in Nottingham in 1976.
His main career included 20 years of international humanitarian relief and development, working and living in a number of developing countries, including Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Egypt. When not living overseas, Goddard also worked for eight years in North Carolina and Georgia as a design engineer and project manager. He moved to Virginia in January 2007 with his wife, Anne, and their two children.
Goddard's interest in mental health issues, as well as gun safety, came about as a result of his son's injuries sustained in the Virginia Tech tragedy of April 16, 2007. He is now the president of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Mom March against gun violence and president of the Virginia Center for Public Safety. He also served on the board of the Virginia Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is currently board chair of the National Gun Victims Action Council. His hobbies include restoring antique cars and motorcycles, home brewing, and wine making.