Director of Policy at iPSE
Andy is responsible for IPSE’s policy work and has a special interest in labour market changes, employment status, IR35, Making Tax Digital and fair commercial terms for the self-employed. In 2015 he led IPSE’s successful campaign against proposals to restrict travel and subsistence tax relief for incorporated entities. Andy worked with EY to develop IPSE’s concept for a new corporate form – the Freelancer Limited Company – which would deliver clarity of legal and tax status for the smallest businesses, while also protecting revenue for the Exchequer.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Andy has campaigned for financial support for the self-employed. IPSE was instrumental in setting up the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and then went on to lobby for the inclusion of all self-employed in that scheme. In March 2021 the scheme was extended to include a further 600,000 individuals that were previously ineligible.
More recently Andy led IPSE’s campaign against the off-payroll working (IR35) changes in the private sector. Although the changes did come in 2021, IPSE was able to delay the legislation and secure an exemption for small end-clients.
IPSE is the largest association of independent professionals in Europe, representing over 16,000 freelancers, contractors and consultants from every sector of the economy. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, owned and run by its members.