Finding the time to share“Anyone who makes the hill on high should stop once in a while and help those who’ve missed the hill altogether.”
In all of his industry roles, Andrew has always made time for colleagues, clients and collaborators. As team leader or team player, his unselfish sharing of experience is recognised by everyone fortunate to work with him. If you can get past the shockingly bad jokes, the wise words of advice seem to consistently hit the mark.Andrew worked at the heart of the drive to create an ambitious and highly successful international marketing strategy for the UK media industry in the 1980s. He served on the British Film Year Steering Group in 1985, which created the very first British Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. During that time, working with the Department for Trade & Industry, he also helped establish the international event programme for the sector that provided financial support for attending companies - including the Cannes International Film Festival, the American Film Market and the television Markets MIP TV and MIPCOM.Andrew also advised the Department of National Heritage (now the Department for Culture, Media & Sport) on the establishing of the British Film Commission in 1991, a highly successful operation that became the international arm of the UK Film Council in 2001. He became its first Chief Executive in January 1992.During Andrew’s tenure at the BFC, he highlighted the potential of a structured Film/Tourism strategy and initiated the research that led to the creation of formal links between the media industry and the British National and Regional Tourist Boards. He also helped develop a successful campaign to boost tourism in Scotland through the marketing of the films Rob Roy, Braveheart and Trainspotting.Andrew spent a decade at the forefront of both the initial creation and subsequent establishing of film commission operations throughout the United Kingdom, which were used regularly by film and television productions from all over the world. During this time he became a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International and was the keynote speaker at their annual Cineposium event in Los Angeles in 1993. He also was a member of the Board of the UK Screen Commission Network for 10 years. In 1997 Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive of the first North West regional screen agency Film & Television Commission (FTC) North West, until it became part of the newly created North West Vision (subsequently Vision & Media) in 2002.Andrew is a founding partner of Patrick Hanks Patrick, a director of the niche digital services organ isation The Apps Factor, and trustee of the national charity MediCinema formed in 1996, which provides the cinema experience to the long term sick in hospital.