Andy Carter was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham and went on to study History and Archaeology at Bangor University. His first paid job was as a weekend cricket scorer and his proficiency in filling in score books stood him in good stead after college as he went on to fill in forms for the Civil Service. A varied career followed involving writing code for rapid cash tills, working as a semi-professional bass player, and helping to define international standards for metadata in digital media. After thirty years of pretending to work he went back to full time study and took a masters in Public History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.