Andrew Simms is an award-winning feature writer and magazine editor.

Formerly the editor-in-chief of Soldier, the official magazine of the British Army, he was named New Editor of the Year in 2007 by the Association of Communicators in Business, short-listed as Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2008 and 2007 and guided the title to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Best internal magazine in Britain award in 2011, 2010 and 2009 and the Institute of Internal Communications’ Best internal news magazine accolade in 2011 and 2010.

During a 12-year tenure with the Ministry of Defence, he reported from the front line in Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan, and in 2003 was embedded with British troops in Iraq, producing the bulk of Soldier’s coverage of the Gulf conflict and syndicating articles for other national publications. 

As editor-in-chief he worked closely with the Army’s Director of Communications to support and deliver specific Ministry of Defence and wider Government objectives, and to strengthen stakeholder relationships nationally and internationally.

As the managing director of a publishing company he has recent experience of overseeing the production of titles with significant print runs; writing copy on often complex and technical subjects; designing CHACR’s current portfolio of print and digital assets; and authoring articles on behalf of a number of academic institutions. 

He has devised and delivered editorial strategies for a diverse range of companies, charities and sporting bodies, which recently included providing communications support to a new Football Association initiative aimed at sharpening the competitive edge of England’s national teams at international tournaments.