Dr Andy Wood was appointed as The Prince's Ambassador for the East of England in 2014, and stays on for a further year from 2015.
Andy’s work as a driving force for local business development was recognised with an OBE in 2013. He is passionate about the local economic development in Norfolk and Suffolk, and has chaired the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and defined the Partnership’s Skills Manifesto to develop youth enterprise in the region, and to ensure that the emerging economic development is well serviced with skills development among the local workforce. His work was recognised with an Eastern Daily Press Award.
Andy was Chairman of BITC's East of England Advisory Board between 2009 and 2013, and in that time ensured business support for a number of key regional programmes, such as Ready for Work, a very successful ex offenders’ project, and Business Action on Public Health, as well as sponsoring the East of England Gala Dinners. Andy and Adnams also took a prominent role in developing the May Day Network which encouraged business to lower their carbon footprint. Andy has lead on the development of a BITC offer for small companies, with support from the South East and London regions; this promotes responsible business as a route to business development, and hosted a launch dinner for the offer during Responsible Business Week 2014. He has also led a Seeing is Believing event on Responsible Drinking.
Andy maintained a key presence in the development of BITC’s regional project to support ex offenders, and has championed responsible business in the region among member companies. Andy is supporting the regional BITC development of Business Class to integrate with the broader Local Enterprise Partnership’s economic agenda around skills and talent development, which will underpin the further growth of Business Class partnerships in the region. Andy has also engaged with BITC to understand the social impact of responsible business on the Local Enterprise Partnership’s economic agenda.
Andy will continue to lead on Talent and Skills development in the region with support from BITC in its work on Apprentices and Business Class, and will use the platform of HRH Ambassador to East of England to support skills and education.