As Chief Operating Officer, Andrew is working to grow the Mission’s Social Economy businesses, in order to allow the Mission to increase its caring and support services in the community. Also a part-time Ministerial Student with the Methodist Church, Andrew is deeply committed to the Methodist conviction that the Church is called to be involved in society, bringing God’s love, hope and renewal. With a background in commercial property management, retail markets and city center management, Andrew has wide experience of:
- Asset and Place Management
- Organisation review and development
- Business planning
- Business development
- Building partnerships
- Managing change
Andrew started his career with B.D.A. (Property Projects) Ltd, a Belfast property company which specialises in the redevelopment, letting and managing of commercial property. Moving to Belfast City Council in 2000 Andrew led the business regeneration of Belfast's historic St. George's Market, which was revitalised and grew to become one of the top 5 markets in the United Kingdom. Andrew was also behind the introduction and development of Belfast's highly successful Continental Markets at City Hall.
In 2007 Andrew left Belfast City Council and joined Belfast City Centre Management Company. As Belfast City Centre Manager, Andrew had overall executive responsibility for the direction and management of BCCM, working with the Company’s Core Funders and private sector Principal Sponsors, to deliver an ambitious programme of measurable services into Belfast City Centre which continue to contribute to a cleaner, safer and more accessible city.
Andrew graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons.) in Business Studies and has a postgraduate diploma in Place Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Andrew is a non-executive director of Belfast One Business Improvement District and a member of the Executive Council of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce. In his spare time he plays the organ reasonably well, the guitar reasonably badly and is a keen Private Pilot.