A Brief History of Me

Andrew TippEveryone loves a backstory flashback. This is my brief written equivalent.

I was born in Peterborough, but grew up in Devon. In 2002 I spent six months volunteering abroad with Gap Activity Projects, at a school in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:1 degree in Psychology in 2005. During my time at university, I was bitten by the writing bug while working on student newspapers and magazines.

In 2006 I set off six-month backpacking adventure, mostly around South America and southern Africa. While backpacking I kept a travel blog called Diary of a Gringo.

I joined a youth media organisation called IP1 in 2007. I eventually became the editorial director, sub-editing the IP1 magazine and leading content workshops. During 2010 I worked as the editor of Style International, a monthly lifestyle magazine distributed in London and East Anglia.

In 2011 I began working for London-based backpacking website gapyear.com. Online, I managed the site’s content, PR, communications and social media. Offline, I was the site’s print magazine features editor, and presented talks on gap year travel at universities and travel trade shows.

I joined Further, a Norwich-based digital marketing agency, in 2012. Initially starting as a digital editor, I was promoted to content strategist in 2013 and provided clients with digital content audits, strategies and consultancy.

In July 2014 I become Digital Content Development Manager for Suffolk County Council. I’m the digital lead for the team redesigning and relaunching suffolk.gov.uk.

You can find out more about my professional history and experience by connecting with me on LinkedIn.

Outside content noodling and project pondering, I have a bunch of interests, such as films, travel, comics, zombies, football, gamification and lifehacking. I also love creative writing; I’ve been shortlisted in a few short story competitions, I occasionally dabble with poetry, and like many writers I seem to be perpetually ‘working’ on a novel.

I live in Suffolk with my wife Laura, who works for digital agency Crafted as a Senior PR Consultant.