Dr Andrew Walker is a well know Australian Entrepreneur with interests in many sectors. He is best known as the co-founder and co-Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical Pty Ltd.
Andrew co-founded Aspen Medical in 2003 with his business partner, to provide outsourced health solutions for Government and other large Organisations. Today, Aspen Medical is a highly successful International Company employing some 2200 personnel in Australia, the Pacific, West Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the USA.
Business Review Weekly (BRW Fast 100, October 2007) placed Aspen Medical as the fastest growing company in Australia in 2007; in 2008 Aspen Medical was named Australia’s “Coolest Company” and in 2009, “Australian Private Business of the Year”. In addition, Aspen Medical has won multiple for exporting including National Exporter of the Year (Small to Medium Business Category Winner) in 2011 and National Health and Biotechnology Exporter of the Year 2013. In 2015, the company won the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Overseas Humanitarian Aid Project of the Year.
In 1998, Andrew started Matrix Healthcare Pty Ltd, a national, vertically integrated healthcare business around the diagnosis and treatment of Skin Cancer before selling to IPN (a Division of Sonic Healthcare Ltd).
Andrew is a ‘serial entrepreneur’ having started some 10 businesses including being a Founding Director of ASX listed Resonance Healthcare Ltd and Ritract Ltd. From 2006 to 2010 he was founding Chairman of Generic Health Pty Ltd a provider of generic pharmaceuticals which was successfully sold to Indian multinational, Lupin Pharmaceutical Inc. In 2007 he helped found and became Chairman of Flexicar Pty Ltd, a disruptive car share business which was later sold to Hertz International. From 2008 to 2011 he was a Founding Director at investment bank, Wingate Group. Andrew also has experience in the mining industry having, in 2010, as Chairman and CEO recommissioned a brown field Iron Ore Project in Chile which successfully produced high grade magnetite.
In 2014 Andrew was inducted into EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame. In October 2016, EY named Andrew Co-Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.
Andrew is the Past-Chairman of the Melbourne Chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation. He has graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Medicine and Medical Science from Newcastle University and on graduation won the AMA Prize for 1986. In 2015 he was appointed a Conjoint Professor of Practice at the Newcastle University’s School of Medicine. He also has a MBA from The University of Melbourne. Andrew won the University of Newcastle Alumni Award 2016 for National Leadership.
In 2010, with business partner, Andrew founded the Aspen Foundation, a charity aimed at improving the health of Australia’s Indigenous communities. The Aspen Foundation has targeted its efforts at helping to eradicate trachoma and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) from the Aboriginal community and has formed strategic alliances with the Fred Hollows Foundation and One Disease at a Time.
Since 2012, Andrew has been a Non- Executive Director of Vietnam Industrial Investments, a diversified industrial whose main assets include two steel rolling mills in Northern Vietnam.
Before starting his business career, Andrew was as officer in the Australian Army in Australia’s elite parachute regiment. Andrew’s hobbies include flying (Power and Soaring), classic cars and reading.