Andrew, 52, is already well-known in local circles after spending the last 10 and a half years in a similar role at the Eden Project, though he adds a wealth of previous experience to his local knowledge with 16 combined years in senior procurement roles at Habitat and IKEA.
No stranger to the Brewery, Andrew was responsible for cultivating the partnership with Eden Project that has blossomed over recent years to include Eden inspired beers from Small Batch Brewery, sponsorship of the Eden Sessions and a supply contract worth over £250k per anum to Eden’s bars, café and other venues.
Bringing his wealth of knowledge to the Brewery, Andrew said: “The Eden Project was a wonderful and unique place to work and having overseen the development of its local supply chain for the last ten years I shall always consider it a lifelong privilege to have worked with so many outstanding South West producers and business leaders. The Eden team remain great friends and knowing that they and the business are in good shape made the timing perfect for me to join St Austell Brewery.
“Not only did St Austell grow to be the largest individual supplier to Eden it was also obvious to me that with its award-winning beers and professional team, sales growth was happening at an unprecedented level. The task in hand now without compromising on quality or price, is to harness that growth by gaining a full understanding of our supply chain, apply intelligent solutions and gain best value.”
James Staughton, Chief Exectutive commented: “It’s a proven fact that you can’t grow a company year on year without it creating stresses on supply lines and systems that were designed for the way we were. As we look at introducing new resource procurement and management systems into the Brewery, it is the perfect time for us to bring in someone with Andrew’s experience, both locally and on a wider scale, to help us manage our relationships with suppliers and create the best environment for us to do business with them.”
Having now spent over 14 years in Cornwall and marrying a St Austell girl in 1990 Andrew is delighted to be donning the Tribute purple, adding: “I can’t help but feel like the luckiest chap in the county to get two great jobs in the historic town of St Austell.”