Esson Partnership


about ANDREW

Business Transformation, Operational Improvement, Strategy

A charismatic North East industrialist who has achieved regional and national recognition for his leadership of North East manufacturing businesses, Andrew Esson is known as someone who can get things done, properly and professionally.

A serial transformer and improver of specialist engineering businesses, he brings a broad portfolio of knowledge and experience to the businesses he works with, gained through a portfolio of senior roles in a variety of businesses and functional disciplines.

Andrew set up Esson Partnership in 2017 to provide Non-Executive, Advisory and Consultancy support to businesses in the North East and beyond. Esson Partnership provides expertise in business transformation, operational improvement and strategy, delivered from a perspective of experience, common sense and occasional inspiration.






Andrew is respected by his peers, colleagues and employees for his personal integrity, tenacity, calmness and focus in times of challenge. Recognised repeatedly in his career for his ability to tackle complex business challenges, he is known for his ability to reflect, analyse and offer insightful comment and guidance, and for his ability to look beyond the short term to envision and plan for the long term.

A unique blend of corporate and SME experience gives Andrew the ability to work with small to medium businesses to guide them through their growth journey, and to deal with the unexpected challenges which all businesses face.


Ten years of Non-Executive director experience, coupled with twenty years of executive board room experience provides Esson Partnership clients access to top quality non executive support and guidance.

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





Andrew has substantial advisory experience, with current roles including Chair of the EEF North East Regional Advisory Board, Growth Mentor within the NE LEP Growth Through Mentoring scheme and a member of the North Tyneside Business Forum Management Group.

Esson Partnership can provide access to a substantial, active network of senior engineering, financial, legal and business professionals in the North East of England and beyond, offering an invaluable channel of business insight, expertise and business development opportunities.

Businesses who are currently progressing towards bringing in permanent Non-Executive support can access Andrew’s expertise via a lighter touch Advisory engagement.

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





Esson Partnership is committed to helping businesses create growth and prosperity in the North East. Andrew’s career path has led him through a wide variety of business roles and challenges, building an unparalleled breadth and depth of hands on experience and capability along the way.

Many small to medium businesses are aware of key development and improvement opportunities, but may not have the senior management time or experience to tackle these. Esson Partnership can provide support to businesses on a short to medium term basis to scope out, plan and deliver on focused projects, typically in the following areas of expertise:

Strategic Leadership

Organisational Development

Operational Improvement

Systems Development

Business Funding

Solving Complex Business Problems


  • 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