Andrew was born in Burslem and 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.
Andrew has experience of supporting school leaders with complex and sensitive HR issues, including talks through ACAS to resolve a long-running dispute with Unison over single status and 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. He is also on the board of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, where he chairs the Quality Committee and has championed equality and diversity.
Outside work, Andrew is a trustee of Ministry@Work (a charity part-funded by Lichfield CofE diocese), trained in chaplaincy to give pastoral support to people working in business and the professions in Staffordshire.