Andrew Cahn is Chairman of WWF-UK.
Andrew Cahn spent most of his career in public service, in the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Agriculture, and three times working in the European Institutions in Brussels. In 1997, he was Chef de Cabinet (Chief of Staff) to Neil Kinnock, Vice President of the Commission and prepared the blueprint for reforming the European Commission. In the 1990s, Sir Andrew worked at the heart of the British government in the Cabinet Office, first as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, then as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat.
Andrew joined British Airways plc in 2000 as Director of Government and Industry Affairs. In 2006, he returned to government as CEO of UK Trade & Investment, the government department which promotes exports and attracts inward investment. He was responsible for 2500 staff, a budget of over £400 million and worked closely with three successive Prime Ministers, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Andrew served on the Boards of the Foreign Office and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
In 2011, Andrew retired from government service and became Vice Chairman of Nomura International. He is also a Board member of Lloyd’s of London, General Dynamics (UK), the Start-Up Loans Company and he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Huawei Technologies (UK). He is also Chair of the City of London’s International Trade and Investment Group and sits on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.
Andrew has been a Trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation for 19 years and is also a Trustee of the Institute for Government, the Arvon Foundation and the Japan Society. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Asia House, the University of the Arts and Business for New Europe and an Association Member of BUPA.
Andrew was a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Chair of its Audit Committee from 2002-08. He has been involved in international negotiations on the Law of the Sea Conference, the Biodiversity Convention, the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention and the Atlantic Salmon Convention. He is a passionate mountain and long-distance walker and runs his own allotment. He holidays in the mountain wilderness of the Adirondacks and in France with his wife, Virginia Beardshaw, who is Chief Executive to the children’s communications charity, I Can. They have three grown up children and have lived in the same house in North London for 35 years.