Andrew was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire and attended Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School in Cleckheaton. He obtained a degree in Mathematics at the University of Manchester and went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with the Manchester Office of Grant Thornton.
Family commitments brought him back to West Yorkshire and in 1980 he joined the Huddersfield office of regional practice Revell Ward as training manager. He became their youngest partner in 1982 at the age of 28. During the next 15 years of audit and general practice advisory work he became managing partner before the firm merged with the international practice of Mazars, the largest accounting practice in Europe outside the ‘global four’.
He was elected to the Governance Council of the UK firm for two years and was deputy managing partner of the Northern region before leaving to join the University of Huddersfield in 2001.
Andrew’s role of director of finance at the university encompasses strategic and business planning, financial advice, financial management and reporting, risk management and liaising with internal and external audit teams. His main aim is to ensure the university is financially sustainable and obtains value for money.
Throughout his career Andrew has had a commitment to education, taking governance roles at junior, secondary and FE colleges in the local area. He was formerly chair of the university’s Audit Committee and, from 1994-2000, vice-chair of the University Council.
He holds several related posts outside the university and is a past chair of the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group. He is also a board member of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Ltd (and chairs its Audit Committee), and Wakefield College.
Andrew was invited to become a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2017.
He was awarded an OBE for services to accounting and the community in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.