About

Hi I’m Andy. I’m a consultant in water, sanitation and hygiene and I love creating content on the internet.

My career began in London in 1999 with structural engineers Whitby & Bird. It took several months for me to find out I wasn’t suited to solving mathematical formulas using a pad of paper and a calculator. I found my excitement in the internet revolution, working as a project manager for a marketing agency working with clients from DHL and Vodafone to Comet retail and the As Seen On Screen online website.

In 2002 I decided I wanted to contribute to the world than simply building websites, so I went off to study water, sanitation, and hygiene at Cranfield University. My thesis with Dr Richard Franceys asked how economic regulation of privatised water utilities could benefit the poor. And so started my fascination with urban water and sanitation services delivered by the private sector.

The year following Cranfield was an adventure in Guatemala designing and building rural water supply schemes and managing the construction of school handwashing stations. I kept a blog to document my experiences, sadly now lost, but it taught me that writing on a personal website is a great way to reflect on my experiences and solidify my learning. Not only did I become fluent in Spanish in Guatemala, but I also met my wife Rebecca on a chicken bus. We climbed the Santa Maria volcano under a full moon soon after—and the rest is history.

Back in the UK, I trained as a consulting engineer with Halcrow. It was a supportive and structured environment for me to learn the skills that I’ve carried through my career, such as lifecycle analysis, environmental impact assessment, stakeholder liaison, public consultation, risk analysis, financial management, construction and site supervision.

In 2009, I had the opportunity with Halcrow to move to Bangalore, India on secondment with WSUP working on urban WASH again. There I worked with the local team to manage a large water and sanitation upgrade project for several slums.

I returned from India to work with WSUP in London, managing a USAID-funded urban WASH project in 6 cities in Africa. The African Cities for the Future project touched on all aspects needed to improve service delivery for low-income groups, including:

  • improving coordination between government institutions and between utilities and communities,
  • providing specific technical support to utilities and government bodies through consultants;
  • the construction of water and sanitation infrastructure suitable for people living in low-income areas;
  • the financial analysis of water and sanitation systems for people in low-income areas to ensure they’re affordable and sustainable;
  • the analysis and write up of our activities to share with other organisations around the world;
  • and to explicitly address women’s needs to improve their lives.

At WSUP I was inspired by the delivery of water and sanitation services through the private sector compared to the slow change of institutions. So much so, I was introduced to someone at Unilever through a mutual friend to discuss my ideas. We conceived the idea of a portable toilet with a strong brand and high quality service, as a way of providing sanitation to homes on low variable incomes. We embarked on a pilot in Ghana with design firm IDEO and Clean Team was born—a social enterprise that sought social impact above profits.

After moving to Kenya in 2013 and building a team to support early stage water and sanitation enterprises, I moved to Evidence Action to lead their Dispensers for Safe Water programme. I was responsible for ensuring over 45,000 community chlorine dispensers were operational and being used, benefitting over 4.5 million people. It brought the need for evidence and efficacy in development interventions into sharp focus for me. I worked with economists to compare the effectiveness of our programme with bed net distribution or cash transfers to ensure donors get the biggest bang for the donated dollars.

It was around this time I started my podcast to continue exploring the world of social entrepreneurship and how it was attracting more and more non-grant capital.

Through the expanding network from my podcasting and through the connections I made in my career, I struck out on my own as an independent consultant in 2017. 

What can I help you with?

Learning Reports

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Experiences

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2005 – 2008

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2012 – 2015

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2008 – 2012

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2015 – Present

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