Cultural Commentator, Broadcaster, Disability Champion, and Chair of Judges
Andrew has an impressive history of advancing disability access and inclusion having challenged perceptions of disability throughout his 35-year career, starting as one of the first disabled presenters on British television. Now influencing change behind the scenes, Andrew works with some of the biggest cultural brands in the UK to improve access and to identify new opportunities for disabled people across the creative industry.
Transforming perceptions and raising the profile of disability throughout his 30-year career, Andrew’s mission has been to democratise our creative industries by championing inclusion. He is recognised as one of the most influential disability advocates in the UK with extensive experience of the arts, film and broadcast sectors.
Starting out in broadcasting in the 1980s, Andrew belongs to the first generation of disabled presenters of British television, and he went on to produce and direct TV arts documentaries. Subsequently moving into arts administration, he became the first wheelchair user to run a major UK arts venue at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Andrew is a national council member of Arts Council England, a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a trustee of BAFTA and his previous non-executive roles include the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh National Opera and UK Digital arts agency, The Space. He is chair of the BFI Disability Screen Advisory Group overseeing their #PressReset campaign and in 2020 he co-founded the UK Disability Arts Alliance, #WeShallNotBeRemoved and co-authored the Seven Principles for an inclusive cultural recovery.
Between 2018-21 Andrew was also the UK Government’s first Disability Champion for Arts and Culture, establishing the role as a powerful campaigning platform for greater inclusion across the arts, museums and film. His pioneering career has been recognised by the National Diversity Awards, The Stage Awards and the 2021 New Year Honours.
There are so many high-profile cultural initiatives aiming to make disability more visible right now. From the first disabled Richard III at the RSC to deaf and disabled BAFTA award winners; from the BFI highlighting ableism in film to Arts Council England’s national audience access scheme. And I’m proud of them all as collectively they promise an inclusive future.”
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