Andrew Dixon’s company, Culture Creativity Place, has advised on bids for Hull 2017, Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture, Leeds 2023 and York’s UNESCO status. In Coventry he co-wrote the cultural strategy and capital plan helping to secure over £40 million capital investment in the city for projects such as Coventry Cathedral, Daimler Powerhouse and Fargo Village. He also led bids for Heritage Lottery Great Places and ACE Cultural destinations funds. He is currently working with Bradford on cultural repositioning. As Chief Executive of Northern Arts he led the £250 million regional Case for Capital, raising resources and helping implement projects such as The Sage Gateshead, Baltic and the Angel of the North. He was Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative the public private sector partnership repositioning the city for culture and tourism. He was Programme Director for the World Summit on Arts and Culture attracting 80 countries to Gateshead in 2006 and was the founding Chief Executive of Creative Scotland introducing place-based investment in Scotland. He has an honorary doctorate from The University of Northumbria and is a visiting professor at Coventry University and Warwick Business School.
He has worked with over 80 local authorities across the UK and was an adviser to the Scottish Government Town Centre Review.
He has spoken widely on cultural policy, tourism and the arts including in Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone and South Africa.