Andrew Wise is a multi-award-winning newspaper journalist, internal communications expert and media simulation specialist. Andrew passed the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) pre-entry course in newspaper journalism at Highbury College, Portsmouth. He then joined the staff of the Gloucestershire Echo, Cheltenham as a news reporter and in April 1980, passed the NCTJ senior proficiency certificate in practical journalism. He joined the staff of The Citizen newspaper, Gloucester, soon after and became deputy sports editor, covering Gloucester Rugby Football Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
He was commissioned into the RAF serving at RAF stations in the UK and Germany, and from 1989 to1992 was the personal staff officer to a senior officer.
In 1993, Andrew left the RAF and re-joined the Citizen as a news sub-editor where he was involved in coverage of the high-profile Fred West/Cromwell Street House of Horrors murder investigation and subsequent case.
In September 1994, he moved to the RAF News, the official newspaper of the Royal Air Force, as chief sub-editor and just under two years later, he became editor of the paper. During his tenure, the paper’s circulation increased dramatically. RAF News won 25 regional and national communications awards from 2001 to 2007 and was judged to be the best external newspaper in 2004 and 2005 by Communicators in Business (now the Institute of Internal Communications).
Andrew won CiB gold awards as editor of the year in 2004 and 2005 and was shortlisted for the award in 2006 and 2007. Andrew was elected as a Fellow of CiB in September 2004 and, in May 2005, was chosen to give the keynote address on crisis communications at the association’s annual conference. During his time with RAF News, Andrew covered stories and events in Oman, Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize, France, Switzerland, the Falkland Islands and Cyprus.
In January 2008, on the closure of RAF Innsworth, Andrew left RAF News and established Andrew Wise Words Limited, an internal communications, corporate writing, sub-editing, design, training and news writing business. Clients included British national newspapers, radio and television stations, regional and local press, emergency services, utility companies and local authorities. Corporate clients included 3M, Ernst and Young, Airbus Industrie, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Santander Bank and Minster Law solicitors. He has covered UK General and European parliament elections for national press agencies and television stations.
In November 2008, Andrew carried out his first media simulation assignment for Crown Media Ltd. As a print media specialist, he has been a regular expert instructor on courses at the Joint Information Activities Group headquarters at RAF Halton and has also helped train politicians, senior military officers, top-level civil servants and business leaders at the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
In June 2014, Andrew became the first full-time employee of Crown Media Ltd and was the company’s chief operations officer until, just over four years later, in July 2018, he became a director-partner of the company. He remains very much at the forefront of future developments in training through media simulation.