Andy is a former Chairman of the RICS Scotland Valuation Professional Group, and a Chartered Surveyor with 33 years experience in corporate and consultancy fields. He is a member of RICS Scotland Chairman’s Panel of Independent Experts and speaks regularly at conferences and professional events.
After studying at what is now the University of Glamorgan, Andy started work in his hometown of Scunthorpe before moving to work in Glasgow in 1989. He formed his own consultancy in 2005 and now advises a variety of British Isles based private and public sector clients about UK commercial properties.
During his early years with what is now CBRE he came to the view that independence for Scotland was the optimum path for the country he made home. He decided to research the Scottish economy and its fiscal conditions so as to better advise clients and says it became apparent that, in relative terms, Scotland subsidised the rest of the UK not the other way round.
“In short, Westminster politicians and Whitehall had deliberately misled the UK’s citizens,” said Andy. This was combined with his growing awareness of Scotland being a subsidiary ‘branch economy’ in the way it was treated.
He says recognising that Scotland’s better future prosperity and that of its citizens, relative to that of remaining within the UK, is secured through independence can be encapsulated by paraphrasing Bill Clinton: “It’s the economy, Stupid!”