Andy has enjoyed a successful 30-year career at director level, building a strong strategic and operational track record across multiple functions: multi-site retail management, marketing, national accounts, field sales, contact centre management, e-business, and government affairs.
Joining Bass in 1987 as a graduate trainee, Andy progressed through several executive roles during eleven years with the company, including Strategic Planning Manager, National Telesales Manager and Sales Managing Director for the Wales & West region. Over five years in pub operations management in what is now Mitchells & Butlers, he took charge of some of the busiest and most troublesome pubs in the Bass estate.
Moving to Coca-Cola in 1998, Andy was appointed Regional Director for the North West, where he set up and led a team of 240 across all functions and trade channels. He negotiated Coke’s sponsorship of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and delivered innovative local marketing programmes. Turnover grew by 40% over five years. Then, as Commercial Director for the licensed trade, Andy introduced further industry-leading innovations – in pricing, promotions and packaging – which saw a six-year 37% profit rise.
Andy was a member of Punch Taverns’ Operating Board from 2010 to 2015 – a time of extraordinary upheaval and change for the company, involving financial restructuring, government consultation, and the ongoing challenges of operating a community pub estate. He led development of the Punch Buying Club, which now reaches 90% of company pubs and has an annual turnover of £250m. Taking charge of relationships with Westminster and Holyrood during a period of difficult consultation, Andy continues to advise the company in this area on a consultancy basis.
Throughout his career, Andy’s executive and operational responsibilities have involved offering informal advice to small businesses. As a result of – and with the benefit of – that experience, he was offered the position of non-executive director at Titanic Brewery in 2014. Here he has played a key role in the development of a strategic plan which is delivering significant sales and profit growth.
Early in 2016, Andy successfully completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.