Andrew read Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge leading to Part II in Zoology specialising in Vertebrate Palaeontology. After graduating, he joined Barclays Bank and subsequently pursued a varied career in branch and large corporate banking, project and risk management. Major projects include the implementation of the Euro as a new currency (1999), and the introduction of Basel II, the international system for regulating capital in banks (2008); he has worked closely with the Financial Services Authority on a variety of compliance related projects.
Before joining Fitzwiliam in 2009, Andrew spent 8 months with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, undertaking an extensive review of the UN-sponsored "International Assessment of Agriculture Science and Technology for Development", as well as co-authoring a review of the effectiveness for biodiversity of the Rural Development Programmes across the EU.
Outside his professional life he is a committed youth cricket coach, chair of the Wicken Fen community user group and a trustee of the Jean Grove Trust, a charity that supports education in Ethiopia.