Andy has over 10 years’ experience in the leadership development sector. He joined Common Purpose in 2007 to run programmes for middle managers in London, before becoming Curriculum Director in 2011, overseeing the curriculum for all our programmes around the world. He is now Chief Executive of Student Experiences and leads our work with university students globally.
In this role Andy oversees our partnerships with universities globally, currently numbering 90 universities and 11 of the top 30 in the world including Harvard, Chicago, Kings College London, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong. He also oversees corporate partnerships with organisations such as BP, Santander and Expedia, and with youth organisations such as the All-China Youth Federation, Westpac Scholars and Commonwealth Scholars.
Andy also speaks extensively on developing the next generation of leaders, from international education conferences such as EAIE, Going Global, QS to convenings such as TEDxLondon.
The Student Experiences team is based out of the US, UK, India and Singapore London and will deliver programmes for 5,000 students over the next twelve months. Andy also sits on the Senior Management Team of Common Purpose.
Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). From 2014 - 2015, Andy was Chairman of a Campaign Board for Worldwide Cancer Research. Prior to joining Common Purpose, Andy mentored for Chance UK a charity running early intervention programmes for children with behavioural difficulties, volunteered on a street children programme in Peru and worked for a charity fundraising company in Oxford.
Andy has an MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. He has travelled extensively to more than 50 countries, and delivered programmes and worked in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, North and South America.
Andy is half English, half Japanese, was born in Tokyo, grew up in Oxford and now lives outside London with his wife and two boys.