Founding Partner, Charlotte Street Partners
Andrew grew up in Lanarkshire and studied at St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities before beginning his career as a Civil Servant with the Government Economic Service. He joined the headquarters team of the SNP as Researcher / Economist and as Director of Business for Scotland through the 1997 General Election and Referendum. He then joined the Royal Bank of Scotland as a business economist before being elected as a Member of the first Scottish Parliament in 1999. During his time in Parliament, Andrew served as the Shadow Minister for Finance, Economy, Transport and Lifelong learning. He was also a columnist for The Sunday Mail.
From 2003 Andrew held a number of posts at RBS Group including Deputy Chief Economist and through the banking crisis as Head of Group Communications. In 2012, Andrew joined WPP in a client strategy role before launching Charlotte Street Partners in 2014.
Andrew is a Trustee of The John Smith Memorial Trust and a Director of Motherwell Football Club. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland and a Member of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the Institute of Directors and the David Hume Institute. He is a member of the new Public Policy Advisory Board of Glasgow University and writes and broadcasts regularly including a weekly current affairs “Scrutiny” column in Scotland on Sunday.
Portfolio Chair & Entrepreneur
Former Ambassador, Political Expert & Historian
CEO, Scottish FA
Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association
Journalist, BBC News