Background and industry experienceAndrew is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a Member of the Management Team. As COO, he has responsibility for the operational functions of the business; HR, Marketing, Internal Communications, IT, Business Application Development, Compliance and Facilities Management. Andrew also has responsibility for the Southern regions, incorporating Canterbury, Bedford, Thame, Banbury, Worcester, Halesowen, Hereford and Bromsgrove.
He has been in the industry for over 20 years, originally with John German, then Germans and now Fisher German, and his understanding of both the Rural and Utilities Sectors enables him to ensure that the needs of the business align with the strategic needs of our clients. He is a Director of the National Forest Charitable Trust and he chairs the Heart of the National Forest Park Board. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Managing Partners Forum. He has also benefitted from attending courses at HEC in Paris and Harvard Business School in the US.
Having qualified at Harper Adams, Andrew moved to the business in 1995 and lives in Leicestershire with his fiancée and two boys. He enjoys sport generally, having undertaken a number of walking, running and cycling endurance events.
What year did you start your job?
When 1% of the UK population had internet access!
Why did you join Fisher German?
The people. At my interview there was a heavy emphasis on me as the individual and what it would be like to be part of the team, rather than either a psychometric test or testing my understanding of the degree that I had undertaken. People first.
What has been your favourite project and why?
Too many to mention, probably a reflection of age unfortunately. I have had an opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients and colleagues in a variety of sectors across the business. Most recently heading up the Operational Group and creating a cohesive culture where individuals are working more closely with specialists from across the group has been particularly rewarding.
Most admired, non-property brand?
Not sure whether you can call the All Blacks a brand but to me they have to be up there.
Anything that requires physical exertion and pushes your boundaries, either mentally or physically. After years of playing rugby, the concept of being able to touch my toes seems quite challenging so has yoga become a pastime!
Best holiday destination?
Without sounding too corny, anywhere with my fiancée, two boys and two dogs (ideally with a bit of sunshine)
One item to take to a desert island?
If it is an item, rather than a person or animal, I think it would have to be a surf board! Always fancied being a surfer…
Who would you like to be stranded in a lift with?
Probably my great, great grandad, just so I could understand a little more about my family.
What’s your favourite film of all time?
Having grown up reading Tolkein, it would have to be between the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Everyone loves a hobbit!