Andrew describes his family as quintessentially Australian. Growing up in the south of Sydney with his parents and two sisters, it was all backyard barbeques, swimming and icy cold beers. From the age of eight, he knew he wanted to be an engineer (or a builder or zookeeper), with his year four teacher also suggesting engineering as a possible career path.
He joined Northrop in 2006 and after four years had decided he wanted to spread his wings and pursue other opportunities. In 2015 he re-joined the civil section, expressing strong desire to advance his skills with a view to becoming a Principal. He’s an open and honest straight shooter, and we were happy to have him back.
Andrew believes the secret to any success is planning and open communication, and it’s a philosophy he carries into in his personal life. He and his wife Jess, have regular planning sessions to take advantage of prospective opportunities like travelling the world or investing in property.
He also devotes his time to the training and mentoring of his team, preferring to focus on the everyday basics, and people. “I believe if our core focus is providing training and opportunities, then all staff will flourish and this will be reflected in the quality of our work, our clients, projects and revenue”, he says.
Andrew has a real knack for developing and implementing new initiatives and won’t accept the status quo. He was instrumental in devising several strategies to increase market awareness of the ability of the Northrop civil team to deliver large land development projects.
It’s clear that Andrew is a strong future leader of Northrop, and in 2017 he was appointed an associate.