Andrew was born in Burslem and after studying law at Cambridge has spent most of his working life in Stoke-on-Trent, including a long spell as solicitor and then head of business services at Grindeys llp, a well-respected local legal practice.

Andrew has extensive experience of school governance.  During his time as Chair at Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College the school was graded twice as “outstanding”.  He also gave a strategic contribution to the school in gaining awards including dyslexia friendly status, Autism Accreditation and the Inclusion Quality Mark. As well as negotiating with the LA to successfully secure a new building for the school as part of the “Building Schools for the Future” initiative.  He has also served as chair of Stoke-on-Trent Schools’ Forum.

More recently, Andrew has volunteered as a classroom assistant in early years in a special school and was the founding chair of Orchard. He is passionate about quality, wellbeing, good governance and equality and diversity, which he brings to his work as an NHS hospital trust director, hospice chaplain and counsellor & psychotherapist. Andrew’s deep commitment to education is lifelong and he is now completing his PhD.

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