Andrew Ormston

Edinburgh and London

Andrew’s business, Drew Wylie Projects, provides policy, evaluation, project and business development advice for the cultural and creative industries. Clients include local authorities, enterprise agencies, Universities, charities, arts organisations, and creative businesses. He is a Cultural Expert & Quality Expert for the European Commission (EACEA), Cultural Policy Expert for the Council of Europe Compendium, Senior Expert with the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research, Board Director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, SURF Regeneration Network, and NN Contemporary Arts, and Critical Friend to the Creative People and Place programme.

Andrew directed a number of festivals & 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 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:

Project development and programme evaluation including: 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 and creative industries, film; urban and rural regeneration, biodiversity and science engagement. He has recently evaluated major capital investment proposals for Creative Scotland and project proposals to Creative Europe.

Policy development and evaluation - 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; 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; cultural tourism for the River Clyde; and a review of the Scottish literature sector.

  • Education
    • MSc Environmnet, Culture & Society, University fo Edinburgh