“Andy Preston, founder of charities, businesses and good ideas!” will speak at the first 2019 Tees Valley Business Lunch event on Monday 4th February.
Andy grew up in and around Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire and understood what it was to live in a region where money was for most quite tight. This created a desire in a young Andy to make money and from an early age he took on odd jobs and honed his entrepreneurial skills to ensure he was never short.
Whilst Andy was not a high achiever at school; this is often the case for the most successful entrepreneurs, his route to university was via time spend serving in the RAF. After graduating from Edinburgh University he joined a City bank on a graduate trainee scheme and loved it. Andy’s passion for his job was matched with a natural ability and he quickly became a hugely successful trader making serious amounts of money for his bank.
A meeting with Arpad Busson the co-founder of the international children’s charity Ark inspired Andy to delve into the philanthropy- based approach to fundraising; which enables substantial amounts of money to be raised.
After returning to the Teesside region having left banking in 2008 Andy set up the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation with Tanya Garland. Using the patron- based role model and other fundraising methods the foundation has been hugely successful and supports many charities across the region.
In 2014 Andy launched CEO Sleepout in the UK, the charity now raises about one million pounds annually and in 2017 The Fork in the Road social enterprise project launched supported by the CEO Sleepout and Public Health England.
Andy works tirelessly to support the Teesside region and has a real passion and drive to “give something back”. His presentation on the 4th February will be both inspiring and informative.
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