Andy heads up Operations for VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) where he oversees the recruitment, assessment and training of the 1,000+ volunteer programme between UK to Africa and Asia on an annual basis.
Prior to joining VSO, Andy’s 10 year experience in the third sector saw him hold leadership positions in charities including the YMCA (USA) and the Challenge Network (UK).
He believes that education and progress comes through a healthy mix of practical tactics and traditional methods, and has led numerous international expeditions with young people. Most recently, embarking on a three month expedition around Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo with the World at Play charity, where he has since became a non-executive board member and continues to support the programme’s goal of enriching the lives of disadvantaged people through sport and play.
Andy is a true believer in pursuing, encouraging and inspiring innovative thinking and spent 12 months working on this developing programmes based around this very concept while working in Sir Clive Woodward’s ‘Hive Learning’ in partnership with Blenheim Chalcot – the UK’s leading venture builder.
Andy is passionate about empowering young people to discover leadership opportunities at a young age and helping them develop the transferable skills that enable them to overcome whatever barrier they may face and to maximise every opportunity they are presented with.