Andrew Wilson (politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
|Born||1970 (age 43–44)
Lanark, South Lanarkshire
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||University of Strathclyde
University of St. Andrews
Whilst attending the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, (from where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in economics and politics) he was elected Vice President of the Students Association and became National Convener of the Scottish National Party (SNP) student organisation, the Federation of Student Nationalists. He joined the Government Economic Service after graduation, serving with the Forestry Commission and Scottish Office, and in 1996 he started work at SNP Headquarters, Edinburgh, as a researcher to the Director of Business for Scotland, before entering employment with the Royal Bank of Scotland as a business economist in 1997.
Whilst an MSP he served variously in the Shadow Cabinet as the SNP Finance, Economy, Lifelong Learning and Transport Spokesperson. He was widely viewed by commentators as a rising star of the SNP, an iconoclast and pro-market economist he made much headway selling the idea of fiscal autonomy now called 'Devo-Max' to the mainstream business, media and society. It was adopted by The Scotsman, a unionist newspaper and later went on to win support across the political spectrum. He gave a controversial lecture at the party conference in 1999 promoting the idea Britishness could, should and would survive independence. He later wrote a column for the Sunday Mail calling on Scots to support the English football team in the 2002 world cup finals. In policy he is credited with much of the work on the SNP's alternative to the Private Finance Initiative, now The Scottish Futures Trust. He also promoted the case for a Scottish Sovereign wealth fund using the proceeds of North Sea Oil.
He came within 520 votes of unseating Cathie Craigie in the first past the post contest for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth seat, but when only three SNP MSPs were returned from Central Scotland he lost his place as an MSP.
Following political service he joined RBS Group working in a variety of roles including Deputy Chief Economist and since the 2008 crisis as Head of Group Communications. He joined WPP in August 2012 working in a client facing role.
In 2014 Wilson launched a new strategic communications consultancy Charlotte Street Partners based in Edinburgh and London. Along with co-founder Malcolm Robertson, Wilson has been identified as the top face to look out for in 2014.
Charlotte Street Partners offers advice to businesses, organisations and individuals. It is chaired by merchant banker Sir Angus Grossart with a number of other significant directors including founder and chairman of RLM Finsbury Roland Rudd, James Murgatroyd, Managing Partner of RLM Finsbury and CEO of The & Partnership, Johnny Hornby.
He is a Trustee of the John Smith Memorial Trust, a Director of Motherwell Football Club, a member of the Public Policy Board at Glasgow University and a member of the Balerno Dads. He is a former member of the Governing Board of the Scottish Crop Research Institute. He writes a weekly column in Scotland on Sunday and occasional opinion pieces for other newspapers including The Scotsman, The Times, The Telegraph and The Daily Record. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland a member of The Institute of Directors, The Institute of Fiscal Studies and The David Hume Institute.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Andrew Wilson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Andrew Wilson joins Governing Board of SCRI". Scottish Crop Research Institute. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- Cartmell, Matt. "RBS Group's Andrew Wilson to take client-facing role at WPP". PRWeek. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- Murden, Terry (1 December 2013). "PR heavyweights unite to launch media consultancy". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- Murden, Terry (29 December 2013). "Faces to look out for in the year ahead". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "About us". Charlotte Street Partners. Retrieved 22 October 2014.