Western Balkans Summit Coordinator, FCO, UK
Andrew was appointed the Western Balkans Summit Coordinator at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in October 2017, where he has built a team of 15 to prepare for the London Summit in July 2018 under the Berlin Process. He was British Ambassador to Slovenia in 2009-13.
Andrew started in the FCO in 1990, after graduating in Classics from Cambridge University and then spending several years (1987-90) in the City as an Investment Analyst.
During his diplomatic career he has specialized largely in the Slavic world. His first posting was in Ukraine in 1993-96, where he ran the Know-How Fund, the UK’s technical assistance programme for countries in transition after the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. He also served in Paris (2000-04), where he spent a year on secondment to the Quai d'Orsay (2000-01) before moving to the British Embassy and working on the Middle East (esp. Iraq War) and Afghanistan.
He has done various policy jobs in London, including in Press Office (1996-98) as FCO Spokesman for the Middle East, as Head of Section for South Africa (1998-2000), and later as Deputy Director for Russia, South Caucasus & Central Asia (2004-08).
As British Ambassador to Slovenia from 2009, he was responsible for leading on Slovenia-Croatia relations at a sensitive time, leading to Croatia’s EU Accession in 2013, and on wider Western Balkans policy. He built a network of high-level contacts in the Slovenian political world, business, academia, media and civil society, raising the profile of UK policy via media interviews in Slovene.
After leaving Ljubljana, Andrew went on secondment to the private sector (2014-17), at PwC in London, as a Senior Adviser, providing PwC Partners & Directors with strategic and policy advice, first on European banking, then on Programme and Project Management in the FCO, positioning PwC to support the FCO on structuring to deliver effective spending of programme funds.
As Coordinator for the 2018 Western Balkans Summit, Andrew is visiting all 14 Berlin Process capitals in February/March to build consensus around thematic areas and initiatives for the Summit. He looks forward to discussion with participants at Kopaonik which will feed into UK thinking, especially in the areas of trade, investment, regional economic integration and the digital economy.