In February 2013 Andy became Hon Sec for the RTPI NE. Andy started his Planning career in Merseyside, working for Merseyside County Council and then Knowsley Borough Council. He then moved to the North East and worked at Stockton on Tees Borough council. He ended up as Director of Development and Regeneration, covering the Council's Planning, Regeneration, Highways, Transport and Property functions. He was made redundant in 2005 and set up his own management consultancy. He served in a number of interim management and operational roles in Planning, Regeneration and Highways mainly in the West Midlands (North Warwickshire and Shropshire) and Yorkshire/Humberside (N E Lincs and Calderdale). He also completed a contract at Newcastle City Council as Head of Planning and Housing Policy. One part of the consultancy role he particularly enjoyed was acting as a technical advisor on recruitment for various local authorities.
Andy was born and brought up initially in Sabah, East Malaysia and then Portsmouth. He is a graduate of Hull, London and Liverpool University (where he undertook his Planning qualification). He lives in Middlesbrough with his wife Caroline. He has three children all of whom now live and work in London. One of his children – Laura –is working as a Planner.
In 2012 Andy was a volunteer at the Olympics and Paralympics and spent 28 days camping near Stratford. He particularly liked being in the front line at the Olympic stadium and being part of the Olympic volunteer movement. He has now closed his consultancy and joined the retired register of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has also worked as a Planning Aid volunteer in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. . Andy is also very interested in cycling being a member of SUSTRANS and the CTC. He is also learning the guitar and trying to improve his French.