He successfully built and ran a number of trading businesses for international financial organisations, later creating and managing a large hedge fund group for a European bank.
After moving back to the North East, he supported a number of local businesses, providing them with ideas and capital.
Andy’s extensive experience of charities includes being a patron of international children’s charity ARK (2003-08) and regional chair of Fairbridge Teesside (2006-10). With Tanya Garland, he founded Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation in 2011 and has been instrumental in bringing together around 40 local businesses and individuals as patrons and supporters, raising more than £1.7 million in the charity’s first five years.
In 2014 Andy launched CEO Sleepout UK. With Andy as its driving force, CEO Sleepout has become a national phenomenon. He also chairs Tees Valley Education, a local multi academy trust.