FOUNDER – PATRICK ANDREWS
Patrick is a lawyer, facilitator and writer, who founded New Forest Advisory in 2013. He works with small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a number of not-for-profits, helping them navigate the law and to devise legal structures and processes that work with the grain of human nature. He is also a skilled facilitator, working with boards, teams and diverse groups to help them access their collective intelligence.
His clients come in all shapes and sizes, but for the most part they are seeking to make a positive impact in the world. They range from a small local boat-builder to an ambitious company developing a new, energy-efficient hydrogen car. He has a particular strength in governance and an interest in employee and stakeholder ownership.
Patrick has a background as an international corporate lawyer. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 in the City of London and then was employed as a lawyer and project manager by large companies in the UK and overseas. His career spanned diverse sectors including aerospace, property, retail and high tech manufacturing. He helped establish one of the first aerospace joint ventures in Russia after the break-up of the Soviet Union, and a pioneering retail joint venture in Chain in 2000.
Patrick has served as a director of a number of companies and not-for-profits. He is currently on the board of innovative network Edgeryders, education charity SPUD, conservation charity The World Tree Trust and community group New Forest Transition CIC.
He is a visiting lecturer at Imperial College, London and is currently writing a book on the relationship between organisational structures and their behaviour. Patrick lives in the New Forest National Park, with his wife and son. He loves being close to trees.
Patrick says: “In my career, as well as many highs, I have experienced failure, redundancy, insolvency of a company I was on the board of and all the usual ups and downs of organisational life. This enables me to empathise with people facing the daily challenge of running an organisation and to help them through tough times.”