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Andrew studied economics and politics at the University of Cambridge.


Andrew at his desk (click images to enlarge)


Andrew's books

On graduation he was employed as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, placed in the Ministry of Agriculture in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. From there he moved to teach development economics first at the University of Dar es Salaam and subsequently at the University of Bradford, England.


Andrew mid-lecture

From 1982-4 he was a section leader in the newly-formed Employment Department of Sheffield City Council.

In 1984 he joined INLOGOV, the Institute of Local Government Studies, part of the University of Birmingham, England, to teach local economic development. He subsequently developed work on compulsory tendering and contracting in local government, and the relationships and trust which are necessary to make a success of a contract. Between 1990 and 2004 he was an elected city councillor in Birmingham. He has written about the dynamics of partnership working, comparative local government (he edited two books on local government in central and eastern Europe), political leadership, partnership working, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), and the politics of British local government. He is an Associate of the Institute.

 

Scrutiny

Andrew is at the forefront of teaching, writing and reflecting on the scrutiny process – broadly the equivalent of select committee in the national parliament - as it has developed in UK local government.
He developed one of the first post-graduate level assessed courses on the subject, and conducts training courses in Birmingham and across the UK for both councillors and council employees, and others interested in the subject and the issues it raises.
He edited the first book to be produced on the subject (Scrutiny: Theory and Practice in Local Government, University of Birmingham, 2010).

 

Tanzania

Andrew’s experiences in Tanzania, first as an economic civil servant working in the planning unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and subsequently teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam gave him almost unique insights into what was happening in Tanzania at that time. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
Andrew revisited Tanzania in 2009 and regularly thereafter. He is Chair of the Britain Tanzania Society and a board member of the Tanzania Development Trust.


Andrew meets Hon. Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, August 2017