Aged 65, Andy is married, with two children. He was born in Birmingham, England, and educated at Five Ways Grammar School, University of Wales and Institute of Education University of London. He lives in East London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London.
Andy was most recently Associate Dean for Education Partnerships in the Faculty of Health Social Care and Education at Kingston University (2014-2017) and has worked all his professional life in Education.
Andy retired in 2017 after a career spanning over 40 years, as a school teacher, an author and editor of educational materials, as a researcher into International policies for children and as a teacher educator for over 20 years.
He worked initially as a secondary school teacher in Hackney, rising to become Head of the large Humanities Faculty at Haverstock School in Camden and then following a period in educational publishing and international consultancy Andy moved into teacher education in 1990 securing a senior position at the Institute of Education at the University of London.
From 1993 Andy co-directed the largest secondary teacher education programme in the country at that time. This was followed by a period leading the education team at Greenwich University and then a move to become Head of the School of Education at Kingston in 2004. The School gained ‘Outstanding’ from OFSTED in respect of its Primary education work and achieved and held a top 5 Guardian League table position.
Andy has always worked on innovation with pre-service and serving teachers at home and abroad, has lectured widely and written extensively on educational issues. He is a passionate educationalist. The Kingston Academy offers an opportunity to bring so much of this ambition together in one glorious project of benefit to children and the local community.
Andy loves travel, music, theatre and film, wild gardens and fine wine. He is pleased to be able to offer support to the arts and humanities in the new school.
Any states that: “This is the most exciting project I have been lucky enough to be involved in so far, and there have been many. The opportunity to bring together the resources of the University, the College, and Royal Borough of Kingston, is a wonderful opportunity for this community and our children that I am so proud to be a part of.”