Personality

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Andrew Hutchinson is the founder of Criticalfriend, featured on BBC Radio 4′s The World at One, and a keen numismatist, writer and traveler. He’s been employed by household names such as ICI, Courtaulds, Barcrest, Siebe and Amey. As a designer, management consultant and political adviser he has mixed with academics, politicians and entrepreneurs and as an after-dinner speaker he has entertained and enthralled. Feel free to review some of the Testimonials received.

He has acted as a critical friend to a wide range of projects and undertaken commissions from the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, Norfolk Constabulary and the City of London Police. He has contributed to research on leadership, organisational quality, emergency planning and the ODPM’s evaluation of the Charter Mark and Beacon Council schemes. He is the former leader of the East Midlands Citizen’s Charter Quality Network and the South East Midlands Service First Quality Network bringing together best practice in the health, local government and voluntary sectors.

With a MSc in Management, a Diploma in Business Excellence, a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, and a BA(Hons) in Humanities, Andrew is a registered PRINCE 2 Practitioner and a time-served draughtsman with a HNC in Robotics and an ONC in Mechanical and Production Engineering.

While continuing to be asked to provide confidential bespoke advice and support to non-governmental organisations, small businesses and individuals he has a growing reputation for taking the stories behind the headlines and providing a unique take on events which is both challenging and thought provoking as he educates and entertains with positive intent.

Drawing on a wealth of experience Andrew debuted his 45 minute stand-up show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival in February 2014. He then went on to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s oldest comedy club. Organising and compering various charity nights, he contributed to raising over £20,000 throughout 2014.

With a belief in ‘working to live’ and not ‘living to work’ you are just as likely to find him jamming with a French rock band in Burgundy, compering at fundraisers or delivering after-dinner speeches in Sweden, as you are in the boardroom.

Check out his professional profile and connect with him on LinkedIn where he has over 1800 connections, and with over 12 million professionals in his network, he probably knows someone, who knows someone, who knows you.