Having studied Comparative Religion and Philosophy at King’s College, London, Andrew’s career has embraced leadership roles in a wide range of cultural organisations including Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, The National Churches Trust, English National Opera, the South Bank Centre, Wales Millennium Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
As Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust between 2006-2011, Andrew was responsible for managing a major grants programme in support of historic churches, chapels and meeting houses, setting up both regional and national support networks and carrying out extensive research into the challenges facing the UK’s ecclesiastical heritage.
Between 2011 and 2016 Andrew was Chief Executive of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust, and responsible for the raising of over £34m in support of conservation, education and outreach, interpretation and the building of a new Visitor Welcome Centre. Having spent 2 years at St Paul’s Cathedral establishing new Development, Marketing and Communications teams, Andrew returned in January 2019 to Canterbury Cathedral as Executive Director. In this interim role Andrew had responsibility for a wide-ranging portfolio including the strategic development of the Cathedral’s commercial and enterprise businesses, visitor welcome and experience, Cathedral Guides and volunteers, fundraising, memberships (UK and US), events, marketing and communications.
Andrew is also a trustee of the Creative Dimension Trust (a Charity teaching traditional craft skills to 12-16 year olds), a mentor and advisor to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery and advisor to St Marylebone Church’s £8m Changing Lives campaign.
Speaking on the announcement of the news, Amanda Jones, Chair of the Council of Trustees said “Andrew’s appointment comes at a critical time for the Society, as we emerge from the impact of the Covid pandemic and enter a period of major growth and transformation. His wealth of relevant skills, knowledge and experience is evident, and we are hence delighted he has accepted our invitation to lead the Society into the successful future it so richly deserves”.
Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Edwards, CEO said “I feel enormously privileged to be invited to lead such a hugely admired and long-established heritage Society and to having the opportunity to return to Sussex, a county I have a real passion for having previously lived here for a number of years. I am particularly excited by the Society’s enormous potential to play a major role in the economic and social recovery of our region. I am looking forward to the challenge immensely”.