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Andy spent the last 25 years of his career as a CEO of four different companies in the insurance sector including Towergate, Folgate, Axa Insurance UK and what is now Aviva UK General Insurance. Towergate became the largest independent insurance intermediary in Europe with the completion of 150 acquisitions over a 10 year period. The Company won many accolades including the Sunday Times Fast Track Management Team of the Year and several entrepreneurial prizes.
Andy believes that performance improvement and development begin with an understanding the positive capabilities of the individual, the team, and the organization. His focus is to build on the strengths of his client, to help him or her stretch their capabilities, and to widen and deepen her or his perspectives. He sees diversity and followship as key to better decision making.
He subscribes to working in an open, trusting, but always challenging way with his clients and believes in honest and constructive feedback. He is certain that all of us have the potential to deliver more and better and faster and thereby to achieve greater happiness and meaning in our lives and the lives of those we influence.
As well as being an experienced CEO Andy has in recent years established himself as an experienced Independent Non-Executive Director and the Chair of several boards in the software, utility, and insurance sectors, two of which were backed by leading Private Equity firms in the UK and Brazil. He was previously Chair of Merryck, Chair of the Motor Insurers Bureau, and Chair of the British Insurance Brokers Association.
He continues to be an angel investor specialising in disruptive start-ups. He has been a coach and mentor since 2012.
Andy is married with two sons and three grandchildren and he lives in Surrey and Spain.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Past President of the International Body. He is an Alumnus of Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, Ashridge and Said Business School in the UK.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is an Honorary Visiting Professor of the Business School of the University of London. He is also a qualified Supervisor of Coaching.
“To have the help and support of a mentor who has ‘been there and done that’ is critical and in that respect, [my mentor] was the perfect mentoring partner for me”