Andrew Dixon, also known as Andy Dixon
Andrew Dixon graduated from Aberystwyth University in 1991 with a degree in International Politics and moved to Japan to work as an English teacher on the JET Programme. He went on to work for Société Générale (Tokyo) and Goldman Sachs (Sydney) where he helped gold producers, central banks and investors with appropriate commodity derivative hedging strategies.
In 2000, Andrew Dixon left Goldman Sachs to set up his angel investment business – ARC InterCapital. He has invested in more than 30 early-stage companies including Infinitesima (high-speed microscopes which provide 3D imaging for the semiconductor industry), Gamesys (gaming software), Sonoma Partners (cost-effective wealth management), Prosper4 (employment and self-employment opportunities for ex-offenders). Andrew Dixon has enjoyed a few successes and numerous failures along the way…such is the nature of early-stage investing.
Andrew Dixon is an Enterprise Fellow at the Prince’s Trust and is the founder and Trustee of the Woodhaven Trust, which focuses on prison reform and various offender rehabilitation initiatives within the UK. Despite the best endeavours of the Ministry of Justice and its capable staff, Andrew Dixon believes the current prison system is not fit for purpose, with too much emphasis on retribution and not sufficient emphasis on rehabilitation.
He supports the Liberal Democrats and is the founder and Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Entrepreneurs Network. The network meets regularly with parliamentarians, senior Liberal Democrats, economists and industry experts, to discuss a wide variety of business-related issues. These events provide a forum for networking, exchanging ideas and creative thinking about how politicians and businesses can work together to build an enterprise economy fit for the 21st Century.
Andrew Dixon is an admirer of Warren Buffet’s investment strategy, a follower of Peter Drucker’s management philosophy and likes Jack Welch’s focus on execution. He earned an Executive MBA from London Business School in 2009.
Andrew Dixon enjoys a 10-foot birdie putt, a half-volley outside off stump and the odd bottle of Pomerol.