John Andrews is a marketing consultant specialising in broadcast and pro audio, with a scientific training and an operational background as a BBC Radio studio manager. After mixing and broadcasting 1960s pop groups and bands and training Radio 2 for the introduction of stereo, he moved to EMI Audio-Visual for four years, latterly as Technical Director, and then joined Alice (Stancoil Ltd) as Executive Director to assist in specifying and selling audio mixers to U.K. commercial radio stations and the BBC, becoming Joint Managing Director in 1984.
In 1986 he was appointed Sales & Marketing Director at Neve, then owned by Siemens, travelling extensively to the Far East and North America. In 1990 he joined IPK Broadcast Systems as Director of Marketing, and was made redundant in 1993. After four years as a freelance, writing for IBE, Broadcast Hardware, Line Up and Audio Media and consulting for several audio companies, he joined Solid State Logic in 1997 as Marketing Director, and again travelled extensively, particularly to Europe, Japan and the USA.
Following a moderately severe motor accident which coincided with a change of management at SSL, John reverted to the freelance world in 2001, and was contracted by Studer in 2002 to undertake the company’s press and PR functions and assist in the preparation of product and corporate literature; this contract was completed in 2004. John was Director of Membership Services for the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) and also a member of the IBC Conference Committee from 2002 to 2005.
He was elected Chairman of the Institute of Broadcast Sound (IBS) in 1996, and retired from the post in 2007, being elected to the new position of Vice-President at the 2007 AGM.