Born and raised in Newcastle, Andrew founded Connect in 1989 with the aim of providing the highest level of care to people with musculoskeletal problems. He qualified as a physiotherapist from Northumbria University in 1985 and worked at Edinburgh’s main teaching hospital, The Royal Infirmary, for three years. He then returned to Newcastle to take up a post in Sports Medicine.

Andrew combines his clinical expertise and commercial experience to develop innovative new ways to meet patient needs and commissioners’ budgets.

Andrew is no stranger to innovation, being founding director of one of first social prescribing social enterprises, he formed the MSK Providers Network and has been key in building partnerships with universities to develop evidence base.

A passionate believer in the value of effective clinical practice, he is a driving force for innovation and change, both within Connect and externally through routes such as MSKR, demonstrating perseverance and leadership in a challenging market.

In 2016, Andrew became a Visiting Professor of Leeds Beckett University and was awarded a Fellowship of the CSP for innovation in MSK practice in 2022.