Andrew Woodward, Labor’s candidate for Cowper, is a passionate advocate for action on climate change, better government services, protecting our rights, and reducing inequality in regional and rural Australia.
Andrew first moved to the mid-north coast – to Taree – over thirty years ago and returned for life in 2016 for a ‘tree change’ to Bellingen. In between, Andrew has lived in Albury-Wodonga, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast and San Francisco.
In a varied career in the corporate world, Andrew started as a journalist in Sydney, regional Australia and in the Federal and New South Wales parliaments, before taking on senior roles in marketing, corporate affairs and management consulting in Australia and overseas. He played a key role in Sydney’s successful bid for and staging of the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Andrew also held executive positions with the Australian Tourist Commission and Visa Inc. Andrew lived in San Francisco for three years and was Visa’s global head of brand and sponsorship communications from its Silicon Valley Headquarters.
In 2014, Andrew met and trained with Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States of America, who inspired him to get further involved in action on climate change. This was a pivotal moment in Andrew’s life: he opted out of the ‘corporate world’ and now advocates for action on climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development and conservation.