Andrew Heslop

Andrew Heslop is an award winning keynote speaker and community leader with a global reputation as a social entrepreneur for founding Australia’s annual celebration of community, Neighbour Day.

He is also a thought leader and frequent media commentator, represented exclusively by The Fordham Agency in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew began his career aged 15 with John Fairfax Ltd in Adelaide at 5DN 972 in 1985, working with the city’s leading news talk personalities. His credits also include the ABC, 3AW and Austereo as the B105 Morning Crew Producer.

Neighbour Day actively builds social capital, promotes social cohesion, integration and positive relationships between neighbours of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds all year round.

Through his initiative Andrew has empowered communities and demonstrated how the power of advocacy can positively change the way we interact, achieve and communicate. In 2014 he gifted Neighbour Day in perpetuity to Relationships Australia. He now holds the role of Ambassador and Neighbour Day founder with the organisation. Andrew is also an Australia Day Ambassador, a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Advisory Community, an Australian Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s global Food Revolution Day and an Ambassador for the Garage Sale Trail. He has formerly held the Australian Government roles of Champion for the National Broadband Network, Champion for the National Compact and as an Outreach Partner with the Office for the Not–for–Profit Sector in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

At his invitation Governor–General Her Excellency Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO provided the Anniversary Address for Neighbour Day’s 10th year in 2012. In March 2012 he was also recognised by the NSW Parliament for Neighbour Day and in December named NSW Volunteer of the Year for developing, leading and funding Neighbour Day.

In March 2011 he was a delegate to the People’s Parliament for The Daily Telegraph and Sky News Australia. Andrew was the inaugural winner of the Westpac Prize in 2010 for developing Neighbour Day and in January that year was named by Fairfax Media as one of Sydney’s TOP 100 Most Influential People in the[sydney]magazine.

In April 2008 he participated in the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay and in May spoke at the United Nations about Neighbour Day’s growth from a Letter to the Editor to a national event supported by communities and local government. A portrait of Andrew by Sydney artist Bruce Remmer was entered into the 2010 Archibald Prize.

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