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. Andrew studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Strathclyde and began his career in the civil service in the Government Economic Service. He then worked as researcher and economist for the SNP and as a business economist at Royal Bank of Scotland.
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 in a number of roles including as Deputy Chief Economist. 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, UK Government and media 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 is a Board Member and Trustee of the John Smith Centre for Public Service, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and of Sistema Scotland which is a social transformation charity. 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.He writes and broadcasts regularly including as a weekly columnist with The National daily newspaper.