Governing Body Membership
Mr Andrew McDonald MP College Governor
Andrew was appointed as a Governor for Middlesbrough College on 9th July 2012. Andrew has previously been a Middlesbrough Councillor 1995- 1999 and a Governor of Abingdon Primary school in Middlesbrough for 15 years until 2010.
Former Chair of the Davison Trust in Middlesbrough, a charity devoted to alleviating the needs of children with special needs and their families.
Currently holds position for Chair of the Teesside branch of Headway, the Brain Injury Association which assists brain injury survivors and their carers.
Andrew is a solicitor by profession and is partner with Thompsons Solicitors, the UK’s largest Trade Union law firm and is a Senior Litigator as recognized by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Andrew leads Thompsons Serious Injury Unit for the North of England dealing with injuries of the utmost severity including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and limb loss cases.
Andrew has over 25 years personal experience in the field of personal injury litigation and has also acted for hundreds of members of the British Armed Forces throughout the world.
Founder member of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group.
Former Chair and Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Military Special Interest Group.
Special Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.
Amongst the most significant successes was in 2011 when in the Court of Appeal in Wood v MoD, Andrew successfully established for the first time in English legal history, the casual link between exposure to high doses of Tricoethylene and Dichloromethane and resultant damage to the central nervous system.
Andrew is passionate about Teesside and about the need to ensure that our young people fulfil their potential.