Over the last 25 years Andrew has become a well-known figure in business and public life as an economist, former politician and communications strategist. After graduating with a degree in politics and economics from the University of Strathclyde, Andrew began his career in the civil service in the Government Economic Service. 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 as Deputy Chief Economist and worked in Amsterdam for 6 months on the ABN Amro disintegrating and re-integrating the Marketing and Communications function of over 1000 people. 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 working with agencies and group across the full range of services including media and advertising. Andrew writes and broadcasts regularly.
He is a Trustee of the John Smith Centre for Public Service and the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and a member of the David Hume Institute and Institute for Fiscal Studies. Andrew is a member of the Brexit Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. In September 2016 he was appointed to chair the Sustainable Growth Commission, which reported to the First Minister in May 2018. He was also a member of the Independent Commission on Referendums based at UCL's Constitution Unit, reporting in July 2018.