Andy joined the team at Helen Arkell in October 2017, as chief executive, having previously headed up the assistance dogs charity Canine Partners. Prior to that, Andy played a part in developing another charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. In a former life, Andy graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Italian and French (and then promptly became a professional dog trainer).
‘Helen Arkell is such an inspirational and amazing charity! I feel honoured to lead a team where everybody feels so passionate about removing barriers in life, such as dyslexia. Everyone is so determined to give people the tools they need to learn in their own way and realise their own potential, whether children or adults. We are a multi-disciplinary team, including expert educators, assessors and educational psychologists as well as back-room staff who make the whole thing run smoothly. Above all, this is a team of compassionate and imaginative individuals, who have the attitude that ‘there is always a way’ – it’s just a case of having sufficient imagination, expertise and determination to find what that way may be for each particular individual.