Esson Partnership


transformation and growth

andrew and the esson partnership

Finding expert help for any business can be a challenge, but the combination of the issues found in engineering and manufacture can be unique.

Therefore, expert help in this context must involve someone who has first-hand leadership experience in organising and motivating teams, driving operational improvement, and creating realistic strategies to transform your business. I am an expert in supporting engineering and manufacturing businesses, having spent the last 30 years in the senior management of successful companies in these sectors.

To address the unique challenges found in engineering and manufacture, I set up the Esson Partnership which provides Non-Executive, Advisory and Consultancy support in NE and beyond.

My CV may suggest that I am a serial transformer and improver. However, my focus has always been — and continues to be — the simple act of making a difference. For me, this difference could be creating business growth, supporting industry bodies or driving opportunities for young people in industry.

With a blend of corporate and SME boardroom experience in Non-Executive, Managing and Executive Director roles, I have been at the sharp end of multi-layered problem-solving in cross-discipline environments.

I have gained the recognition of my peers and betters, receiving multiple award nominations and chairing various industry committees.

Although my awards have not been pivotal in my working life, they are a benchmark of success. I am a fellow of the Institute of Engineers, and in 2010 and 2012 respectively, I was awarded ‘Business Executive’ of the year and ‘Dealmaker Entrepreneur’ of the year.



non-exec, advisor, consultant


WORKING TOGETHER – Your situation, my input

There are many situations where I can potentially support your business.

Often, the companies I work with are seeking to unlock the productivity gains hidden in new markets, new products or improvements in organisational processes.

Whatever the challenge, my input will mould to the needs of your business. Whether as a trusted advisor, Non-Executive Director, project or turnaround consultant, I will work in step with your team. As well as placing an obvious focus on the most pressing issues, I will always seek to look beyond the short-term to envision and plan for long-term growth.

Rigour and common sense are the foundations of my approach. Rigorous review and analysis to get to the root of the problem. Rigorous implementation that ensures things get done properly and professionally. All implemented with a liberal application of ‘Head on Straight’ common sense.


As part of our work together, I can tap into my knowledge base and network of influence to assist in resolving challenges. Practically, this can help you avoid expending significant effort in solving problems that have already been solved elsewhere. It can also open up connections that provide alternative solutions through my active network of senior engineering, financial, legal and business professionals.

I have had and continue to have business advisory experience, currently as Chair of the Make UK North East Advisory board, Growth Mentor within the NE LEP ‘Growth through mentoring scheme’, and as a member of the North Tyneside Business Forum management group.

In addition to working on your business, we may also explore and develop opportunities for Business Funding.

I worked with Andrew on the board of NOF Energy for more than a decade, and welcomed the practical support, guidance and challenge which he provided via the Board, and membership of our Audit Committee
— George Rafferty, CEO, NOF Energy


non-exec, advisor, consultant



Further to an initial telephone conversation to establish compatibility, we will start with a face-to-face conversation, usually at your offices. This ninety-minute discussion will give me time to understand your business and you time to understand my approach. We will get the best out of our initial conversation if you have some ideas about what you would like to achieve as a result of our working together.

In some cases, we may address very specific areas such as upskilling or reskilling issues, dysfunctional systems, poor delivery performance or competitive challenges.

Alternatively, we may start with a review that leads to the selection of key areas for development.

The format of our work together may vary. Specific interventions to rectify business issues may be addressed through using my services as project or turnaround consultant, while less pressing challenges may benefit from me working with you as a trusted advisor who can guide and mentor key members of your team. However, a long-term growth initiative or new venture may merit a Non-Exec role that allows consistent, ongoing input.

Andrew’s knowledge as an experienced North East industrialist, and his wealth of high level business connections have proved invaluable to the support he has provided to the leadership team at the Energy Academy
— Marc McPake, Director of Business Partnerships, Newcastle College


respected, connected, capable



I have been told that I am respected, connected and capable, attributes which have been key factors in my selection for many job roles.

Although my life has been spent driving the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of pumps, valves, bearings, hoses and hydraulic systems, I don’t see my work as revolving around inanimate objects. Success or failure has always come down to the selection, retention and motivation of the right people.

My interest in people recently inspired me to pursue a coaching qualification. Many of the skills taught on the course were things I had instinctively done throughout many years of management. However, there were also significant areas where I was able to identify potential for improvement.

The importance of CPD in all areas of business cannot be underestimated. Everyone in industry should aim for continuous business and professional improvement. For my part, feeling my 1st in Mechanical Engineering was not enough, I went on to achieve a Master of Technology Management through part-time study while in full-time employment.

I trained as an engineer and have senior level experience in engineering businesses, so I am conversant with making things, making things work and making things work better.


  • Chartered Engineer, 1990

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2010

  • Gold Medal Winner, 1996 - Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland

  • Northumberland & Tyneside Business Executive of the Year, 2010

  • Insider North East Dealmaker's Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012

  • Entrepreneurs Forum North East Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2014

In March 2017 I had a major operational headache within the business. Andrew came along at just the right time, and was able to roll up his sleeves, stabilise and improve a challenging situation
— Matt Boyle, CEO, Sevcon Inc