Andrew Barnett


Andrew is a public servant and social entrepreneur with three decade’s experience of working with across different sectors to help bring positive change to the lives of underserved citizens and communities. In doing so, he champions putting collaboration and people centred-innovation at the heart of organisational governance, strategy and communications. His current focus is on building a cross-sector coalition of Government, business and civil society organisations to ‘engage the disengaged’ in policy and action that reduces carbon emissions to meet net zero goals.

He was for fifteen years director of the UK Branch of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which, among other things, helped establish the Campaign to End Loneliness and raise awareness of this major cause of ill-health in later life. He spear-headed the Foundation’s work to champion the ‘civic role’ of arts organisations and helped found new ventures including Arts and Homelessness International and the international Social Innovation Exchange. Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he led the policy and communications functions and previously held senior roles at the National Consumer Council, prioritising the interests of disadvantaged consumers in a regulation of markets across a range of economic sectors, the financial services company HSBC, and Arts Council of England.

He has served in a non-executive capacity a wide range of organisations across the arts and the wider social sector including as chair of a housing association in special measures and as the senior independent member of Healthwatch England until 2020. He is Chair of Trustees for the Church Urban Fund and a Church Warden at St Dunstan-in-the-West in the City of London. He was awarded an OBE for services to social change in the 2021 New Years Honours List.