Andy Townend a seasoned international consultant having held senior executive roles in government, business and the accounting profession, is one of the world’s leading experts in the digital television switchover process and the founder and Chief Executive of Townend Consulting Group S.L.
He has provided strategic, policy and programme management support to governments, regulators and businesses in many countries including Australia, Belgium, Ethiopia, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, Serbia, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.
Andy served as a Deputy Secretary in the Federal Government of Australia, was the Executive Director leading Australia’s $1 billion digital switchover, with responsibility for broadcasting policy during a period of intense change in the industry, a member of the Executive Management Team of the Federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
As a senior executive at the British Broadcasting Corporation Andy was responsible for the distribution of the BBC’s content across all platforms during the early roll out of digital technology. One of a small team of executives responsible for the launch of Freeview, he helped pave the way for Freesat and supported the government with their planning for digital switchover.
Andy led the group that established Digital UK, the entity that delivered the UK’s successful digital switchover, and served as its Chief Operating Officer before being headhunted by the Australian Government.
Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and had a successful career with both KPMG and EY before switching to the media and telecommunications industry.
Andy serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a member of the Audit Risk and Assurance Committee and chair of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee and has served as a Trustee on the Board of a charity and a school.
A passionate published photographer and aspiring writer.