Director profile

Andrew Ormston is the founder and director of Drew Wylie Projects.  He is a senior creative manager and consultant with extensive experience in project development / delivery across the cultural and creative industries.  Andrew is currently a Quality Expert and an Evaluation Expert for the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency of the European Union,  Policy Expert for the Compendium cultural policy framework of the Council of Europe,  Voice of Europe working group member on Participatory Governance of Culture Heritage, Critical Friend for the Creative People and Places Programme, and Associate Consultant with Henslowe Irving (New Zealand).  He holds a MSc in Environment, Culture & Society from Edinburgh University, a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Cultural Studies,  and is Prince II project management trained.  Andrew regularly contributes to national and international conferences, seminars and publications.

Prior to establishing Drew Wylie Projects Andrew led the cultural consulting arm of RGA Consulting, developing the business and providing consultancy expertise in strategic, feasibility and business planning projects across the creative, tourism and heritage sectors.  His senior management positions included directing Culture in Central London and for the City of Birmingham, where he established the city’s first screen agency, FILM Birmingham and directed Urban Fusion, the Capital of Culture legacy programme.  His operational experience includes directing and managing a range of festivals, theatres, arts centres, concert halls, public art and arts development programmes.

Current research interests include: mapping and review of culture and creative industries; distributed artistic leadership; and new project approaches to creativity and young people.

He is an RSA Fellow, member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and  is currently a non-executive director  of SURF Regeneration Network, NN Contemporary Art, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and a Programme Board member for the British Council’s Canny Creatives Wider Europe Programme.  Previous Board memberships include: Dance City; South Hill Park Arts Centre; Central London Sports & Physical Activity Partnership; and the Arts Marketing Company.