A chess enthusiast (if mediocre player) since the age of eleven, Andrew Farthing is an Honorary Life Vice President and former Chief Executive of the English Chess Federation and occasional organiser of chess events.  Now retired, his professional background was in banking, specialising in risk management and regulatory compliance and with knowledge of financial analysis and strategic planning, as well as general management.  In addition to his involvement with Chess in Schools & Communities, he is a trustee of Age UK Sandwell and a volunteer for his local hospice in Worcester.