Posted: September 17th, 2015
During sixteen years as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers, Andrew was FoC at the Sunday Mirror, negotiating pay and conditions with erstwhile publisher Robert Maxwell.
At the time of Maxwell’s demise and the discovery of the black hole in the pensions fund, he was editorial convener and shared the responsibility, along with a team of colleagues, of persuading the company to re-fund the scheme so that one of Britain’s most prestigious and important newspapers did not fold.
After a sudden and unexpected departure from the Sunday Mirror (“Company politics can be so fickle!”), he concentrated on the musical career he’d abandoned when entering journalism, keeping an active interest in newspapers by working as an expert witness for the High Court.
Since 1999, Andrew has “had the privilege” of serving as a ‘C’ director on the Mirror Pension Fund. He is a member of the Governance Committee and several sub-committees, dealing with legal matters and financial strategies. Independent chairman Joanna Matthews appointed him a deputy chairman of the Trustee Board.
Andrew is developing an inter-active (non-medical) project taking a lateral look at depression, using humour as an antidote, and also developing a film and musical biopic.
As well as serving as a director and deputy chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Trustees, Andrew is also a national executive committee member of the British Association of Journalists, and an ad-hoc member of the committee of the Association of Mirror Pensioners.
By BILL ROWNTREE, former Mirror Group photographer
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