Andrew has been a media industry professional for over 25 years. Starting out as an actor, he then spent 13 years at the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television (PACT) before moving over to become the first Chief Executive of the Government funded agency The British Film Commission in 1992.
Film Commissions are an essential support service for all types of moving image production and there are currently 300 such agencies across the globe. Their mission is to promote the resources of a city, state, county, region or country to filmmakers worldwide in order to help ma imise the considerable economic and cultural benefits that industry can deliver.
After five very successful years at the BFC, Andrew was invited to create and lead the very first commission for the region, the Film & Television Commission at North West England in 1997. FTC North West became an established and much used service with offices in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
At the same time Andrew was at the forefront of the creation of the new regional media agency North West Vision, which came into existence in April 2002. His last act before going into the private sector was to manage the merger of FTC North West into the new agency.
Andrew maintains strong links with the moving image industry regionally, nationally and internationally and has a strong commitment to regional production. He has used his experience gained over a quarter of a century at the highest level to establish ProMotion Picture Ltd as a dynamic media company providing new and innovative services across the whole of the North of England.
Andrew is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, the Association of Film Commissioners International and serves on the national British Film Advisory Group of the UK Film Council International. He is a Director of the UK Screen Commission Network, North West Producers & Directors and the industry charity Medicinema.
In March 2003, he was also appointed as Regional Business Adviser for the Creative Industries to the North West Development Agency and North West Business Links.