About

Andrew has more than 20 years of senior management, marketing, communication, corporate relations and sustainability experience in high profile global environments. Andrew helps organisations improve their business, brand, reputation, relationships and sustainability by maximising communications opportunities, levering marketing assets, managing challenges, acting sustainably and being more agile. 

Andrew’s extensive, practical and current experience has gained the trust of private and public sector executive management teams, boards and leaders of government globally. 

While possessing broad experience and expertise, Andrew specialises in the new business environment – the age of climate change, the renewable energy revolution and stronger consumer preference for sustainability and conservation, which apply to every business.

The variety of industries he has aided includes financial services and payments; tourism and travel; major events and sport; broadcasting and journalism; government and politics; and management consulting. 

Andrew has broad experience across all marketing, communications and corporate relations disciplines including strategy and operations; brand management; marketing services; consumer, client, industry and internal communications and relations; research; traditional, social and online media relations; issues, incident and crisis communications and management; corporate events, government and regulatory affairs; and sponsorship.

On the global stage, he has a track record in sports and major event management. Andrew has worked in senior roles as an organiser, sponsor, consultant and journalist on events such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup, NFL, MLB and A-League. 

Andrew was part of the successful bid team which led to Sydney staging the Olympic Games. He continued involvement with the iconic event as a PR Manager and several other senior roles over the following seven years.  Andrew also spent time as the global head of Visa’s brand and sponsorship communication program based at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Andrew has a Master of Business and Technology and a Master of Environmental Management, both from the University of New South Wales. He has important skills in climate change and sustainability – the two most significant issues facing business, government and the community in the decades ahead. 

In 2014, Andrew met and trained with Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States of America, who inspired him to get involved in climate change. Andrew is now one of the leading experts in Australia on climate change communication and its impact on business reputation, brands and consumers.

These days, Andrew splits his time between Sydney and Bellingen on New South Wales north coast. He consults on management, marketing, communication, corporate relations and sustainability for a variety of industries. He is also involved in environmental advocacy in public and political forums.


Employment history

Since 2014

Andrew Woodward Consulting, Bellingen and Sydney

2012 – 2013

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Gold Coast

SVP/General Manager, Marketing and Communication

2009 – 2011

Visa Inc. (World HQ), San Francisco

VP/Director Public Relations – Global Sponsorship & US Marketing

2004 – 2009

Visa Inc. (Asia Pacific), Sydney

VP/Director Public Relations – Corporate Relations

2001 – 2004

Gavin Anderson & Company, Sydney

VP/Director, Public Affairs 

1997 – 2001

Australian Tourist Commission, Sydney 

VP/Director, Corporate Affairs 

Other roles 

  • Media Director, Office of the President and Minister for the Olympics, Sydney 
  • Manager, Media Information, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games,
    Sydney 
  • PR Manager, Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney 
  • Media Adviser, Australian Government, National Media Liaison Service, Sydney 
  • Consultant, Holt PR, Sydney 
  • Media Manager, Roads and Traffic Authority NSW, Sydney 
  • Bureau Chief, Australian Radio Network, National Parliament, Canberra 
  • Five radio stations in Australia as a journalist and broadcaster, various

Education

  • Master of Environmental Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2014 – 2017
  • Master of Business and Technology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003 – 2007 

Updated: 8 July 2019