Andy worked as a nurse in acute and forensic psychiatry before specialising in the field of substance misuse treatment. In 1997 he completed an MSc in Addictive Behaviour at St George’s Hospital Medical School before beginning his clinical and then academic career in smoking cessation there with Professor Robert West. In 2003 he took up post as Assistant Director of Tobacco Studies and Senior Research Nurse at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London and in 2005 received a PhD for his thesis, Smoking Cessation in General Practice.
Andy is the Director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and founder and Programme Director of the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference. Andy is lead author of the Manual of Smoking Cessation and co-author of the Stop Smoking Handbook. He is a Senior Editor of the journal Addiction, referees for a variety of other academic journals and also acts as a consultant to Public Health England, Department of Health, NICE and to a number of overseas governments on the delivery of smoking cessation treatment services.
Current research interests include clinical trials and evaluations of behavioural treatments and service innovations, surveys of health professionals, pharmacokinetic studies on nicotine delivery systems and various training, quality of care and nursing projects. Andy has published over 100 papers in academic peer-reviewed journals.