Sandy trained as a Youth and Community Worker, graduating from Westhill College (University of Birmingham) in 1986, and since then has worked in the Voluntary, Local Authority and NHS - Public Health sectors, supporting young people in Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Lancashire. Most of his work has focused around the issues of, substance misuse; sexual health; HIV; the sex industry; housing; self harm; female genital mutilation; child sexual exploitation and safeguarding/child protection.
Sandy joined Brent PCT in 2004 and following the transfer of Public Health responsibilities from the NHS to Local Authorities in April 2013 has continued his role in developing and delivering multi-agency training on a range of public health topics, incuding substance misuse, sexual health and safeguarding children. Initialy based in the Children and Young People Department alongside the Childrens Safeguarding Team, he now sits with his Public Health Colleagues as part of the Community and Wellbeing Department in Brent Council.
In 2014 he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health and Health Promotion from London South Bank University.