Andrew has lived in Didsbury for almost thirty years. He has been a Manchester City Councillor for nine years. He represented Withington where he was the first Labour Councillor ever elected to represent the ward and is now in Didsbury East.
Andrew is a member of the City Council’s Economy Scrutiny Committee and takes a keen interest in the economic growth of the City. He works for Mazars, the accountancy firm, following eleven years at KPMG.
Andrew chairs the Neighbourhood Forum which works as a bridge between local residents, The Christie and its partners and deals with important practical issues such as car parking and the hospital’s Green Travel Plan whilst recognising the vital importance of our work.
Andrew is a strong believer in the power of community and was until recently the Chair of The Friends of Didsbury Park since 2003 and Didsbury Village East Residents’ Association since 2009. He is also a volunteer at the Didsbury Beer Festival.
Until recently he was a Non-Executive Board member of HOME (previously Cornerhouse), the arts and film organisation.
In 2014 he proposed at a City Council meeting that the City should erect a statue to honour a woman of significance to Manchester. This was adopted unanimously by the 96 strong Council. In 2015 Andrew cycled over 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in twenty days - each devoted to one of the women on the long list of contenders.
After a public vote, in which over 5,000 people took part, Emmeline Pankhurst was chosen for the honour. Andrew is leading the next phases of the project; fundraising, choosing the sculptor and location. The sculpture will be unveiled on International Women's Day 2019.