Speaking & Seminars

Andrew’s experiences are directly relevant to any business leader’s challenge to grow a more innovative and creative entrepreneurial culture within their own organisation.


Social Entrepreneur

Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur. He is internationally known for pioneering work over 30 years founding the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, the housing company Poplar HarcaLeaside Regeneration Ltd and Community Action Network (CAN). Andrew was made an independent Crossbench Peer in 2007.

Today, Andrew is a Director of Andrew Mawson Partnerships. Andrew co wrote with Architect Richard Rogers and colleagues one of the earliest papers proposing that the Olympics Games be brought to East London and has worked tirelessly to shape the Legacy narrative; he recently launched the Water City Group to create and implement a vision for East London revitalised by the opportunities of the 2012 Olympic Games. He is a Non-Executive Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation planning, developing, and managing the Olympic Park.

Andrew is a charismatic and inspiring speaker who believes passionately in the ability of the individual to affect real change. His speeches are punctuated with practical stories from his transformational work across the UK and personal anecdotes that are highly entertaining. Andrew is a popular speaker who has appeared in a wide variety of venues in many different countries and contexts. He is adept at offering unique and personal insight, whether speaking to 3000 people in Melbourne or leading a business master class of a dozen people in London. Andrew often appears on television and radio.


Andrew is available to speak at lectures, after dinner speeches, training events and group work. Popular themes and topics that he is often asked to speak on are:

  • Let a 1000 Flowers Bloom. Andrew has forged strong links through his projects with the Private Sector: O2, Lloyds TSB, and HLM Architects are but a few of the present names that Andrew Mawson Partnerships work with. Andrew believes that the future of successful businesses depends on developing mutually beneficial partnerships with social entrepreneurs.
  • From the Blair Years to the Big Society. Andrew has played a key role in advising different Governments over the last twenty years. Andrew gives a rare and personal insight into working with political leaders and a unique understanding of life in the House of Lords.
  • Joining the Dots – Creating a Meaningful Legacy for the Olympics. Andrew is a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation. Over the next 25 years this company will plan, develop, and manage the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Andrew is all too aware that the recent BBC sitcom ‘2012’ struck a chord with the public. He is determined that the London 2012 Legacy will be about more than sport and rhetoric.
  • The Social Entrepreneur: Making Communities Work. Andrew’s inspiring book demonstrates, through his own experience how, by seeking creative, dynamic, entrepreneurial ways of tackling seemingly intractable social problems, we can all make real changes in our communities. For further information: amawsonpartnerships.com/books


If it is team building, business and leadership skills, or troubleshooting you need to focus on, we can do more than assist and advise. We run a beautiful Grade II listed conference centre in the Cotswolds: The Stanton Guildhouse. Andrew frequently hosts seminars and workshops there and users that have benefitted include: Unilever, Barclays Bank, The Guinness Trust, The University of Warwick, and Tower Hamlets Council.

Andrew Mawson Partnerships also share the London offices of HLM Architects, a well-respected, international firm that specialises in public sector buildings. The Comprehensive Spending Review of 2010 emphasized the need to reshape public services, shifting power to local authorities. To succeed, reform must be based on strategic principles, working with the community and breaking down the barriers between local government and the taxpayer. AMP and HLM are chairing seminars with senior people from the public and private sectors to debate and develop these principles. Through this national programme of Thought Leadership Seminars, HLM and AMP aim to increase awareness of how to improve frontline services through creative thinking and intelligent funding to local authorities, their key officers, and the community.


Lord Mawson was an exceptional, inspirational and thought-provoking speaker, very supportive of the overall aims of the event. He provided a welcome but challenging, alternative voice that was well-received by our business-orientated delegates.’

Paul Wheeler: Content Director, Base Communication


‘The excellent feedback from our event shows Andrew was both motivating and inspirational. As a result we have employed hisspeaking services again for our annual conference.’

Natalie Sutherland: Policy & Practice Officer, Chartered Institute of Housing


‘Andrew Mawson has the credibility of experience and the passion to change forever the lives of those who hear him speak.’

Robert Ashton: Business author and social entrepreneur


‘The story Andrew told was inspiring and he enabled people to look at their situation with fresh eyes and a renewed enthusiasm for tackling the challenges of their work.’

Allison Trimble: Director of The Leading Room, a cross-sector leadership development organisation


‘We have just finished the second day of our Board Meeting and everyone was still buzzing about the ideas Andrew has implanted concerning social entrepreneurship. I have no doubt that his visit to us here in rural Devon will leave a lasting legacy in the way we will now be doing business’.

John Varley: Director, Clinton Devon Estates


Lord Mawson’s speech on using your ‘entrepreneurial nose’ struck a real chord with those present.’

Sally Bavage: Education Leeds

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If you are interested in hearing Andrew speak or in seeking advice from him, please do contact us for more details including availability, fees etc. …

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