Andy joined the Cabinet Office EPC in February 2016 as the Assistant Director, International Faculty before becoming their Head of Exercising in January 2017.
Working with a wide range of public and private sector clients, Andy delivers exercising solutions in order to validate and assure an organisations emergency preparedness and to build competence and confidence on the part of crisis managers.
He is also a prospectus trainer at the college focusing on strategic, tactical and operational crisis management.
In 2017, Andy spent a lot of his time outside of the EPC environment developing and delivering bespoke training and exercising solutions for clients which include Government Departments, Local Authorities, Local Resilience Forums and other Category 1 & 2 responder organisations including Highways England. Private sector clients include cruise liner operators, commercial airports, utility providers and businesses with COMAH responsibilities. He believes that a progressive and joined up approach in delivering training and exercising solutions is key in developing an organisations crisis resilience.
In all of his work, Andy is committed to building enhanced understanding and practical application of JESIP Joint Doctrine across all Category 1 & 2 responder organisations and the private sector. Working with the JESIP team, Andy wrote the current JESIP Awareness e-learning package and the 1hr JESIP Awareness training programme which is in wide circulation across the UK.
Prior to joining the EPC, Andy was a Chief Inspector in the UK police service and completed 30 years of service. He spent most of his police career working in ’front line’ service provision and has extensive tactical experience in leading emergency services and multi-agency teams in crisis incidents.
As a district commander and chair of a local authority Community Safety Partnership and a Safety Advisory Group, Andy focused on developing better collaborative working and interoperability between different organisations and the delivery of joint actions in response to community concerns. He advised on all aspects of event management safety and civil contingency planning within his district in order to reduce risk.
He was heavily involved in the multi-agency command of a flood crisis within his district.
Examples of other roles that Andy has performed include being a Critical Incident Inspector, Head of Tasking & Logistics and Custody Office Inspector. His portfolio roles include that of police negotiator, post incident manager and public order silver commander.
Andy qualified as a Home Office police trainer in 1991 and trained police officers at the Thames Valley Police training centre near Reading. He later joined North Yorkshire Police and was seconded to the Home Office regional police training centre in Durham where he trained new police officers from forces across the north of England.
Throughout his police career Andy focused on meeting the needs of the community he served and in the development of people and teams to embrace change and deliver improved performance within a constantly evolving work environment. He has a track record in improving business processes and empowering staff and other stakeholders to influence change.
Andy has a Master’s degree from Durham University in Adult Education & Learning and a City & Guilds Further & Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate.
In 2017, he completed the Business Continuity Institute GPG course and was awarded a certificate of merit in the final examination.