Andrew Dakers is Chief Executive of West London Business. He grew up in Brentford, West London and he still lives and works locally. Andrew is a tireless campaigner on both local and global issues.
Andrew’s career has spanned IT at the BBC, business change management at GSK, campaigning for WWF-UK, leading Public Affairs at corporate responsibility charity Business in the Community, and leading Spark! a West London-based Education Business Partnership. Andrew was a founder director of fast fashion brand Strawberry Kats.
Andrew was Course Leader and a tutor in Business Ethics & Sustainability on the University of Bradford’s MBA programme (2010-15). The online MBA is ranked #8 globally by The Financial Times. Andrew was selected as a London Leader 2012/13 by the London Sustainable Development Commission.
He has worked in Fiji, India, Uganda, UAE and the USA, and gained an MSc Development Management from The Open University in 2002.
Andrew is a member of UKSIF and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, as well as a subscriber to the Institute of Business Ethics.
At a local level Andrew is volunteer Chair of Brentford High Street Steering Group (a town centre regeneration charity) that operates Brentford Market. He is also volunteer Chair of Ealing Business Partnership and Chair of London Textile Forum.
Andrew was active in the Liberal Democrats from 2000-10. He is no longer a member of any political party. Today he supports the work of politicians across the political spectrum.
As a councillor Andrew spent four years as a member of a local authority’s Audit Committee, Planning Committee and Pension Fund Committee – and served on the board of West London’s Waste Authority. He served for seven years as a trustee of Pathways a social housing charity that specialises in almshouses.
Under the umbrella of The Cooperatition Incubator, Andrew has explored the need for UK/EU competition law reform to enable companies to collaborate on voluntary agreements that deliver greater sustainability. (For a quick intro to the issues read Andrew’s article on the Guardian Sustainable Business website.)
Andrew enjoys hiking, swimming, cycling on his Brompton and, when time allows, venturing into his garden to grow some vegetables!