Andrew Ormston Biog


Andrew’s business, Drew Wylie Projects, provides policy, evaluation and business development advice for the cultural and creative industries.  Clients include local authorities, enterprise agencies, Universities, charities, and creative businesses.  He is a Cultural Expert & Quality Expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union, Cultural Policy Expert for the Council of Europe Compendium,  Programme Board member of the British Council’s Canny Creatives Wider Europe Programme, Expert  on the Voice of Europe Participatory Governance of Cultural Heritage working group, and  Board member of NN Contemporary Arts and of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

Andrew has directed a number of festivals and venues prior to leading cultural services in Birmingham and London. He established FILM Birmingham and the Urban Fusion Capital of Culture legacy programme and has published a range of articles and papers on topics ranging from cultural tourism to digital participation, festivals evaluation to theatre and environment.  Andrew is a Fellow of the RSA and holds a MSc in Arts, Environment and Culture.   His specialisms include:

Programme Evaluation and Planning including evaluation of major transnational projects; impacts evaluation for national agencies; reviewing and operating major grant giving and investment programmes for City Councils; and major interdisciplinary projects including culture, creative industries, urban and rural regeneration, biodiversity and science engagement. He has recently evaluated major capital investment proposals for Creative Scotland and have evaluated programme proposals as a cultural expert for the European Union for the last four years.

Policy Evaluation and Strategic Development –  developing and evaluating policy from a number of perspectives.  His experience includes: partnership based frameworks like London’s South Bank Partnership or Birmingham’s City Centre and Creative Partnerships; national enquiries such as co-authoring Dance Development in Ireland or  giving evidence to Government Select Committees; presenting policy related papers to international conferences and committees like the European Committee of the Regions or Tallinn’s Creative Entrepreneurship Conference.  He has particular experience of developing cultural and creative policy for city administrations.  Consulting experience includes mapping and strategic review of cultural and creative industries for Northamptonshire and cultural tourism for the River Clyde.

Business support & impact assessment – Andrew has delivered options appraisals, feasibility, risk assessment and cost benefit analysis for a wide range of clients from municipalities, enterprise agencies, cultural NGOs, and creative industries networks, to theatres, festivals and galleries.  He works in both inner city contexts and in some of the most remote locations in Europe including the new Mareel initiative in Shetland and the World Heritage Site initiative for St Kilda.  Andrew’s work has often included business plans and investment strategies and has triggered both capital and project investment for clients in the arts, heritage, creative industries, leisure and natural environment sectors.

Project development, supporting studies and monitoring – Current projects include Sensing Place, an international initiative that brings together film archives, storytelling and place-making. Previous work includes studies in a range of disciplines and sectors, including: urban regeneration; creative enterprise; heritage; tourism; and arts development.  Recent projects have also included science engagement and biodiversity initiatives.  Andrew led the project development of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew ‘Grow Wild’ community and biodiversity project in Scotland throughout 2013.

Stakeholder consultations – Andrew has wide experience of stakeholder consultation to inform capital developments,  policy change, and sector strategies.  He has organised and delivered consultation with: international and national stakeholders such as public bodies, government and NGOs; professional bodies and practitioners;  community groups and representatives.  I have also led high profile consultation and communications strategies when leading cultural and creative sectors for City administrations.