Andrew Stephenson

Andrew Stephenson

External Member of the Standards Committee

Andrew joined Middlesbrough College’s Standards Committee on the 14 July 2015 as an External Member and brings a wealth of expertise.

Andrew is a Chartered Trading Standards Officer by profession and has worked in local authorities in the Tees Valley and Sunderland since 1988.

Born in Stockton-On-Tees, Andrew was educated at Grangefield School, Stockton Sixth Form College and gained his degree at Teesside University. He has also attended a number of adult education courses at Middlesbrough College, so has a personal connection with the College itself. Andrew passed his professional exams in 1991 and spent time at Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils before moving to Sunderland City Council in 2003.

At local government reorganisation in 1996, he joined Middlesbrough Council as a Principal Officer for the Weights and Measures Calibration Laboratory, being the technical manager for the service. Andrew was also appointed the local Petroleum Officer for the authority and was directly involved in a number of investigations. Most notably, he was one of the few officers in England to successfully manage an underage sales enforcement operation of petroleum from local forecourts.

In April 2003, Andrew was appointed a Principal Trading Standards Officer at Sunderland City Council with Lead responsibility for Legal Metrology and Agriculture.

Andrew has been involved in education for a number of years. He has lectured on Consumer Law at Teesside University and is the Lead Officer for Education and Training at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. In this capacity, Andrew is a member of the Examiners Board that oversees the professional qualification and has been instrumental in a transformational agenda to restructure the qualification to a degree level status. Andrew currently lives in Sunderland with his partner and three children.