Over the last 25 years Andrew has become a well-known figure in business and public life as an economist, politician and communications strategist.
Andrew began his career in the civil service in the Government Economic Service with the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Office. He then worked as researcher and economist for the SNP before a short spell as a business economist at RBS. He was elected as a Member of the first Scottish Parliament in 1999. There, he served as shadow minister for, variously: Finance, Economy, Transport and Lifelong Learning. In 2003, Andrew re-joined RBS working as deputy chief economist and in communications.
During the banking crisis, he served as head of group communications and was intimately involved in the bank’s high profile engagement with the City and the UK Government during those tumultuous times. In 2012, prior to the launch of Charlotte Street Partners, Andrew joined global marcomms giant WPP Group in a client strategy role.
Andrew is a trustee of the John Smith Centre for Public Service, and is a member of the David Hume Institute, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In September 2016, he was appointed to chair the Sustainable Growth Commission reporting to the First Minister of Scotland, and in October 2017, was also appointed to the Independent Commission on Referendums at University College London’s Constitution Unit.