Aged 17, Andy joined the RAF in 1985 as an RAF Regiment gunner. Remustering to the RAF’s medical profession, he has seen active service on OP GRANBY, OP DESERT STORM serving on 230 Sqn Puma helicopters as well as during OP TELIC on No 2 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Additionally, he deployed with 1310 Flt to Bosnia and with 845 Naval Air Sqn and the Royal Engineers to the Former republic of Yugoslavia. He was commended in the 2004 New Year’s honours list for his services to the delivery of leadership and management training.
Andy graduated with distinction from RAF College Cranwell in March 2007 and was awarded the MacRobert’s Prize (the cadets’ cadet) and PTIs best sportsman prize. In 2011 he received a bar to his Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Andy completed five tours as a paramedic on MERT as well as supporting special forces and MERT operations. In 2011 he was awarded a commendation for bravery from the commander OP HERRICK. Additionally, he spent three years with the United Kingdom Special Forces Medical Group and ran the UKSF medical selection courses as well as training and operationally deploying with UKSF worldwide.
Andy completed a BSc (Hons) as an advanced paramedic practitioner in 2011 whilst in 2018 he was awarded the Order of St John for excellence in military medicine. He has volunteered with Magpas Air Ambulance as a critical care paramedic since 2013, a job he joined full-time after retirement in 2019. A keen sportsman in the past across many disciplines, most noticeably in Rugby Union and triathlon, Andy has raised over £120k for various charities.