Andrew Ormston

Andrew Ormston – Drew Wylie (UK)


About Andrew

Andrew Ormston is the founder and director of Drew Wylie Ltd. He is a senior creative manager and consultant with extensive experience in project development / delivery across the cultural and creative industries.  Specialisms include cultural and regeneration and interdisciplinary project development. Recent projects range from a review of the Scottish Literature sector, to a Kew Gardens initiative to link young people with local culture and biodiversity, to an evaluation of the major research project ’Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’.

His senior management positions included directing Culture for the City of Birmingham, where he established the city’s first screen agency, FILM Birmingham and directed Urban Fusion, the Capital of Culture legacy programme. His operational experience includes directing and managing a range of festivals, theatres, arts centres, concert halls, public art and arts development programmes.  Highlights include establishing the award winning Art at the Centre programme and the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall Concert Hall in Reading, a regional artists studio and gallery network in the North East of England, and the Arts Champions scheme in Birmingham.  

Andrew is currently a Senior Expert with the European Research Institute for Comparative Cultural Policy, Cultural Expert for the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency of the European Union, Policy Expert for the Compendium cultural policy framework of the Council of Europe, Associate Consultant with Henslowe Irving (New Zealand), and critical friend for the Creative People and Places Programme in Corby.   

He holds a MSc in geosciences from the University of Edinburgh and is Prince II project management trained. Andrew regularly contributes to national and international conferences, seminars and publications.  He is a RSA Fellow, member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and is currently a board member of NN Contemporary Art and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Previous board memberships include: Dance City; South Hill Park Arts Centre; Central London Sports & Physical Activity Partnership; and the Arts Marketing Company.

About Drew Wylie

Drew Wylie Ltd. was established in 2010 to provide policy and business advice, and project development in the creative and cultural industries sectors. Drew Wylie specialises in areas where creativity and culture connect with a wider policy agenda or operational environment including: urban and rural regeneration; creative and cultural tourism; education and community; leisure and visitor economy; environment and scientific research.


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