Andy was born in the North West and has lived, studied and worked in the North and South too. He has worked in healthcare as a professional, as well as many years as a carer for family members. Since joining Flourish in 2019 he has completed several courses in Consumer Leadership, Peer Work, Mental Health First Aid and the like. He is currently studying the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. He represents Flourish as a Consumer Representative on mental health review panels, as well as for job interviews.
He has a family and personal lived experience of mental ill health going back to his teens and early adult life, repeatedly working towards recovery after setbacks. At different times he has found exercise, motorbike riding, reading and wood carving to be therapeutic activities.