The appointment will see Andrew take over from RTC North founder Gordon Ollivere MBE as chief executive on 1 November.
Launched in 1989 in Sunderland, RTC was one of 12 Regional Technology Centres established around the country to help businesses develop new products and services by accessing expertise within regional universities.
Today, the company employs 65 people at offices in Sunderland, Leeds and Daresbury (Cheshire) and delivers a mix of technology transfer, innovation and growth programmes for small business.
The company currently delivers funded business support programmes including Innovate2Succeed, Designing Better Business, Enterprise Europe Network and NHS Innovations North.
Outgoing CEO, Gordon Ollivere MBE, said: “Although our services are very diverse, ‘smarter use of technology’ in business and society remains at the heart of everything we do.
"Of course I will miss the variety and the stimulus of working with such intelligent people but I am confident that Andrew will lead the company forward to achieve even greater success in the future.”
Buckley added: “I’m delighted to be joining RTC at an exciting time in the organisation’s development. With a strong portfolio of business support programmes, complemented by a growing range of commercial services, RTC is well placed to help businesses across the Northern Powerhouse to innovate, improve their competitiveness and access new markets.”