Andrew is the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, a senior civil servant post within the Department for Education. He has responsibility for over a thousand academies and their trusts across sixteen local authorities and several dioceses.
Previously he was the Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, the organisation which plays a key role in helping to shape national policy, working with policy makers and teaching schools across the country to ensure every child, in every part of the country, has access to a great school. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and has worked closely with many headteachers and senior leaders as a coach and professional mentor.
Before that he was a primary headteacher for seventeen years in three very different schools, which included two secondments to schools in trouble. Andrew was also seconded for a year to work for Stoke-On-Trent City Council as an Assistant Director in the Children and Young People’s Directorate, leading a team of over 450 staff.
In his spare time, Andrew loves to climb mountains (he has been to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro), plays the piano in a music band he leads and is a preacher at his local church. He is a qualified ski instructor and can’t remember the last time he was bored!