Andrew has spent most of his working life in media-related industries. He was a journalist for 15 years, working as the UK Editor of Rolling Stone magazine for 5 years and as a columnist and critic on the Evening Standard for 2 years. During this time, he also worked as a TV presenter. Following a short (and largely unsuccessful) career in the music business, his next move was into advertising, where he worked for many years as a copywriter/creative consultant for a range of agencies. These included TBWA, where he got to know Fiona Clancy and Rod Wright, who introduced him to Room 13. He visited Fort William with them during the early years of Room 13 and met many of the original team.
For the past 15 years, Andrew has run a company called Dialogics, which produces online educational resources for early years, primary and secondary schools. Dialogics also provides specialist training for teachers and other professionals working with so-called “difficult’ young people. Last year, Andrew stepped away from his own company to work on a mixture of freelance and voluntary projects. He is a visiting lecturer in applied social sciences at Goldsmiths and chair of this year’s Dicey Conference at Trinity College, Oxford. Andrew is the author of three books, with co-author Professor Gerard Egan, on principles and practices of dialogue in social and workplace settings. For five years, he was trustee and chair of Pilotlight, a not-for-profit organisation that provides innovative charities with high level business advice to help build their capacity. Andrew is married to Angela, a specialist in digital asset management (something of deep interest to museums and other branches of the arts and heritage industries.) He lives in West London, studied at Exeter University (Maths and Physics), has three grown up children and 8 grandchildren. He sings in a rock choir and plays in a steel band (beginner level.)
To Room 13 International, Andrew brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm.
We would like to extend heartfelt sympathies to the pupils and staff of Aragon Primary School, and most especially to the family and friends of Maddie Thomson, who tragically died very suddenly on Thursday 23rd Oct following a brief but very serious illness.
Maddie had been fully involved with Room 13 since Year 3, having started coming to the studio as soon as she was able. At work and in meetings she was quiet and conscientious, not always saying a lot but what she did say was always extremely wise. Around her friends, Maddie was funny and boisterous, a lively and popular presence in Room 13.
As well as being Managing Director of Room 13 since Sept 2013, Maddie was a prolific artist. She had been busy making work for an exhibition in a local gallery at which Room 13 Aragon was to show work along with other Room 13 studios in the region. The exhibition is scheduled for early December, and will go ahead in Maddie’s honour.
Maddie also contributed to a recent project in the studio, designing a Moneybox which has been touring the world raising funds for Room 13 International.
The children of Aragon Primary have been expressing their grief with tributes and messages to Maddie, who was popular and involved in many aspects of school life.
We are profoundly sorry for the devastating loss suffered by Maddie’s family and friends at Aragon Primary School. This sad news will be felt deeply by the Room 13 community around the world and we know many artists of all ages and will want to extend their condolences and respect at the loss of one of our young emerging talents at such a tragically young age.
Any messages of condolence can be passed on to Maddie’s family via Louise Frewin, Artist in Residence at Room 13 Aragon, or by e-mail via Room 13 International.