Andrew left school at the age of 17 having achieved limited academic success. Recognising that A levels and University were not realistic options for him, he joined the Metropolitan Police Cadets prior to becoming a police officer at the age of 18 ½ .
He’d found his vocation and went on to have a truly inspirational career ultimately achieving the rank of Chief Inspector. He initially specialised in the policing of large scale events including the planning of the Notting Hill Carnival before being selected as a Close Protection Officer (bodyguard) for the Royal Family. Life had changed, from a lost schoolboy he had now become part of one of the world’s most elite policing teams, travelling internationally with the Royal Family and leading the security planning for some of the UK’s most memorable and high-profile State occasions.
Following promotion in 2003 Andrew led on security for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and then joined the Organising Committee as the Head of Security. Over the course of the next 7 years he worked closely with senior partners from both the private and public sectors and was recognised as one of the most influential people in the field of global security.
Following the Games Andrew became an independent consultant and continues to support and advise Cities across the world hosting major events.
His journey is unique and inspiring. He talks about the personal challenges and achievements of working in such high-profile environments together with the importance of personality, presentation and getting the little things right, skills that he passionately believes are the key to success irrespective of academic skill.