After gaining a degree in theology and a PGCE at St John’s, Durham, Andrew worked as a youth worker for churches in Hull and Chester le Street, County Durham, then did research in the theology of family at the College of St Paul and St Mary in Cheltenham.
In 1995 Andrew joined the BBC as a producer in the Religion and Ethics department, then became Development Executive responsible for the commissioning of religious programmes across BBC radio and TV. After leaving the BBC he worked as a media analyst and communications consultant, then became Director of The Church and Media Network, training and advising Christians and others on how best to engage with the fast-changing media environment. He has taught modules on faith and media at numerous theological colleges and has worked very substantially in the church and the voluntary sector as a consultant, especially focusing on change-management and communications strategy.
Andrew appears regularly as a commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live and has written and presented countless short talks for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and the World Service. He led the multi-faith chaplaincy team serving the 27,000-strong media cohort at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is chair of The Charnwood Trust, an educational charity based in the North West, and the Music Plus Trust, a UK-wide arts education and community development charity.
Andrew’s major research interest is in the way that digital culture is changing perceptions of personhood. He was awarded an MA from Manchester University in 2012 and is reading for a doctorate in Durham. His favourite Bible character is Eutychus (Acts 20), the first person to be preached to death – and his core vocation is for the communication of the gospel beyond the confines of the church structures.