He founded and ran his own strategic communications consultancy business for 20 years and oversaw its successful sale to the Brussels-based Interel Group, on whose board he served for 4 years. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and also holds a post-graduate diploma in European Competition Law from King’s College London. Andrew was principal adviser on Scotland and devolution to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2012 to 2015. He served as a minister in the UK Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2017. He had previously been a special adviser to the Defence Secretary (1986 – 88) and a member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit (1988 – 1990). He was previously a member of Horsham District Council and chair of its Business Improvement Committee. He is a member of the House of Lords and serves on its Constitution Committee. He is currently a Board member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a Deployable Civilian Expert Member of the UK Civilian Stabilisation Group.