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.