Andy has worked for youth organisations for significant parts of his career, providing accommodation and support to vulnerable young adults. More recently he was Chair of YMCA St. Pauls Group for seven years and led them through mergers and acquisitions to become the largest YMCA group in Europe. His career has included working for a large housing association in East London, as a CEO for a charity and as a trained mentor and coach.
Andy has had many voluntary roles, from chairing several Boards of trustees to supporting carers and working in a call centre for families in crisis. Over the years he has acquired significant senior leadership and management experience that includes designing strategies, leading complex change management processes, and building inclusive, multicultural teams of over 150 staff.
He started rowing from Ahoy in a Thames Waterman Cutter in 2014 and has loved every opportunity to row since then, including in the Great River Race. He was invited by the Ahoy Board to become a trustee in 2019 before stepping down 18 months later to take up a position as Director of Ahoy. Andy says: "Ahoy brings together my leadership and management experience, my support for the Ahoy ethos to provide opportunities to young adults and my love of rowing, it is an absolute privilege to observe how well our instructors teach young adults to gain River Thames water-based qualifications".