Andy is Head of Sustainability at Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners (formerly BMO Real Estate Partners) and leads on the company’s responsible property investment strategy. Andy joined the business in 1989. Born in Manchester, he gained extensive local experience in building construction, refurbishment and property management with ICI, British Railways and Sun Alliance Insurance Group. In 1996, he moved to London and with Royal & Sun Alliance Investments assumed responsibility for property compliance matters - developing, implementing, and co-ordinating policy and strategy on a wide range of issues including health and safety, property insurance and environmental matters. For the last fifteen years and through a series of subsequent mergers and acquisitions, he has continued to focus on the ESG agenda to ensure the integration of relevant factors into decision-making processes throughout the property lifecycle. A former co-chair of the UNEPFI Property Working Group, Andy is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Safety & Health.