One of three boys, Andy and his twin Michael were born at St Teresa’s hospital, Wimbledon in the early 60s, Robin his younger brother was born just 11 months later. Following a spell in Colchester the young Kelk family then moved and settled in Cambridge, a stones throw away from Brunswick Primary school where all three brothers attended and became enthusiastic members of the 26th Cambridge cub pack.
Mum (Brenda) ran a nursery from the family house (The Willows) while Dad (Chris) built up their theatre lighting business. In 1970 the kelk family relocated to “Willingham”, a village 8miles north of Cambridge due to the “Willows being compulsorily purchased, demolished and redeveloped. The family then relocated again three years later to the next door village “Rampton” providing much needed space for both the business and growing family. While living in “Rampton” all three boys attended Cottenham Village College between 1973 – 1978.
Andy continued his education and developed his interest in the Arts further by attending Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge where he took full advantage of their purpose built theatre complex. Following his time in higher education Andy then benefitted from gaining just one of 16 available Stage Management Diploma places at London University, Central School of Speech and Drama in 1980.
Further to gaining his Diploma in 1982 and working as a Stage Manager on several theatre productions, Andy was employed by Thames Television in Teddington, Middlesex as a Floor Assistant working on a wide variety of productions ranging from : Mike Yarwood, Des O’Connor and Benny Hill to Name that Tune, The Bill, The secret diary’s of Adrian Mole and Rainbow.
However, in order for Andy to move up the production ladder he made the move to LWT as a Assistant Floor Manager in 1987 where he worked on many of their “stable” shows including : Blind Date, Michael Aspel, Beadle, Agatha Chrities’s Poirot, Walden, Barrymore and many sport Productions. Andy was made up to Floor Manager in 1988 and senior Floor Manager in 1990 where he took responsibility for running The Royal Variety Performance, Audience with the Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue and many others in the series, Saturday night Live, Hale and Pace, Gladiators, The Big Stage with Jonathan Ross and many more.
It was during this period at LWT that Andy got invited to work with the in-house factual department on their True Crimes and Strange but true series. This new avenue of work introduced Andy to the role of Assistant Director and Production Manager and led him to work on London’s Burning and Dark Ages which he found fulfilled his creative “bent” while at the same time allowing him to demonstrate his logistic and organisational skills.
This very productive period of Andy’s career began a long and happy relationship with LWT factual department which culminated in 2001 when he was asked to be the Location Producer of the initial “Im a celebrity – Get me out of here!” production. Andy contributed his experience from the outset and became a key member of the project team developing & moulding the series into the success it is today.
Andy agrees that over the years he has been very fortunate to travel and work abroad and was delighted to be involved with the filming of “Survivor” in Borneo, Re-born in the USA in the states, TV Sports Quiz series filmed in Nigeria and I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of here! in Australia.
In 1992 Andy left the security of the Southbank and went Freelance and has continued to work for many production companies and broadcasters ever since. Andy’s CV continues to grow while he works on both small and large team projects, gaining many transferable skills and welcomes the opportunity to discuss other projects in the future. Andy has always looked for ways to enhance his own development to create a “win win” scenario or all concerned and it is this end that Andy undertook studying for the Prince2 and CAPM Project Manager qualifications during 2016/17. Although on occasions Andy had to step outside his comfort zone he did find the course focussed and enlightened many of his transferable skills.