Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Andrew graduated from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree. He practised in Auckland with the firm Fortune Manning & Partners until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court bench, sitting in Whanganui, from 1996. He was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996 and appointed to the role of Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand in 2001.
Andrew is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is a current editor of LexisNexis “Transport Law”, is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc.
In 2009, Andrew received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year. In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.
He is married with three children, aged 20, 19 and 15. He is strongly committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth offenders and is an advocate for youth issues.
Andrew is speaking at the 28 October evening session - check the programme here