Member of the Manufacturing Policy Panel
Andrew has spent his working life in a variety of manufacturing sectors including pharmaceuticals, foundry chemicals, printing inks and latterly precision engineering with the family business of JJ Churchill. After reading Chemistry at Oxford, Andrew spend ten years working in China and Australia, the exposure to a variety of industrial sectors and cultures has provided a useful platform for his current role.
Working with people, understanding what motivates and getting the best from a team is what stimulates him. He's passionate about UK manufacturing and the need for a cohesive, long-term, government-lead manufacturing strategy and remains fascinated by the Far East. From an industrial engagement perspective, Andrew is on the main board of EEF, chairs their East Midlands Regional Council and sits on the economic policy and tax committees.
Andrew is a trustee and director of Midlands Group Training Services, a registered education charity that is employer-lead and membership-based; a Midlands centre of excellence for education, training and development of engineering-associated competences, especially apprenticeships. With the last government, Andrew sat on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Manufacturing and he retains contact with BIS with regards manufacturing policy.