Andy has over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications with NTL, COLT and NYnet, spending the last 15 years advising local authorities, devolved administrations and the European Commission on best practice in securing successful public sector led broadband interventions. Andy was one of the founder members of NYnet, a Special Purpose Vehicle set up by North Yorkshire County Council in 2007 to provide cost effective connectivity for public sector organisations and to address the issue of rural broadband.
In 2009, Andy secured State aid approval for a major gap funded intervention that went on to become the first BDUK pilot scheme to deploy in the UK, eventually securing over £65M of investment into broadband infrastructure in North Yorkshire. Andy was retained by the European Commission to participate in the B3 Regions Project, an EU funded programme designed to disseminate best practice in next generation broadband for rural areas.
Andy presented at the ‘Bridging the Broadband Gap Conference’ in Brussels, the ‘Broadband and the EU Action in the Recovery Plan’ Conference in Turin, and to the Polish Ministry of Reconstruction & Development, on how to successfully implement Broadband interventions.
Andy has contributed to a number of publications outlining successful strategies for broadband. In 2018, Andy joined the Scottish Government R100 Programme with specific responsibilities for interventions to secure 100% coverage of superfast broadband in Scotland.
Innovating in infrastructure projects