Andrew Youngson

I am a features writer for the Press and Journal, covering entertainment, recruitment and lifestyle
Health and Beauty

Not just for Easter

March 7, 2015

Scotland is suffering from a significant egg donation shortage, leaving many would-be parents waiting desperately in the wings. YL meets the recipients, donors and health professionals working on the front line


Industry view: It pays to be flexible

March 3, 2015

From June 30 last year all employees received the legal right to request flexible working; a right hitherto reserved for parents or carers. But what does flexible working really mean?


Get ready to let it go

February 26, 2015

Elsa, Anna, Olaf and all the Frozen gang are set to glide on to the ice at the AECC next month. Skater Sophia Adams tells Andrew Youngson about the fun and responsibilities of bringing a Disney ice princess to life


Industry view: Planning for the future

February 23, 2015

An intelligently designed and implemented strategy for upgrading safety systems on ageing assets can deliver significant cost savings and increase productivity.


What’s On: SPECTRA lighting up Aberdeen

February 20, 2015

Spectra, Aberdeen’s festival of light, is currently illuminating the lives of Aberdeen resident. The event runs from Union Terrace Gardens and around the city centre from 5.30-9.30pm each night until this Sunday, February 22.


Q&A: Aidan O’Rourke

February 19, 2015

Scottish fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke, 39, is set to return to the north-east following a special art residence in Huntly last year. He tells Andrew Youngson about the latest step in his collaborative journey


Q&A: Len Ironside

February 13, 2015

When he’s not steeped in local-government politics in Aberdeen, Councillor Len Ironside CBE is chairman of the Granite City Chorus (GCC). Mr Ironside tells Andrew Youngson about his love of singing, and the current plans to celebrate the all-male chorus in its 25th year


Industry view: Attracting talent

February 10, 2015

Recruitment has become a global industry and a vast resource of skill and expertise is now sourced and recruited via recruitment businesses based in Aberdeen


Feel the heat of Alabama

February 6, 2015

Bringing three dimensions to the archetypal good-guy role has been a complicated mission for actor Daniel Betts, but a rewarding one nonetheless, writes Andrew Youngson


Industry view: Decommissioning worth £30bn over next 25 years

February 2, 2015

The oil and gas industry is, of course, still looking to maximise hydrocarbon recovery in the North Sea. Exploration work is ongoing, existing assets are being revitalised and fresh developments are materialising. Construction work is far from over yet – huge new installations will soon be added to the offshore infrastructure.


Craig Hill Q&A

January 30, 2015

Ahead of his trip up north, bekilted comedian Craig Hill discusses with Andrew Youngson where he finds comedy inspiration


Mum’s bright idea brought to life by competition win

January 26, 2015

They say experience is the mother of all wisdom, and in the case of one Ross-shire woman, this certainly rings true. Katy Kitchingham, 38, a mother of two from Tain, has mixed together a dose of experience, a dash of insight and one prizewinning idea to create an invaluable service for parents all over the Highlands.


Reworking office fixtures to cut waste

January 22, 2015

A north-east corporate removal company is leading the way towards Scotland’s Zero Waste targets by recycling redundant office furniture. As multi-national businesses across the north-east consolidate resources and reduce office space requirements, Aberdeen-based corporate removal company, Corporate Moves, which also has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, has partnered with Livingston-based Recycle Scotland to recycle or re-use office furniture and equipment.


Industry view: The alternative profession

January 20, 2015

When young people setting out in life think of the “professions” it is likely that two will immediately come to mind – accountancy and law. Irrespective of age, these two disciplines are upper most in most people’s consciousness. Both are broadly respected, and regarded as a sound career choice and for good reasons.


Young engineer brings industry to pupils

January 19, 2015

Gabriel Alhucema-Brown, a graduate structural engineer with Petrofac in Aberdeen, is passionate about promoting engineering, and the industry as a whole, to the younger generation. As a result, he is an active member of ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) which sees him act as an ambassador for both STEM-related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and structural engineering.


Fifth Dimension has the magic touch

January 19, 2015

Throw yourself back to 1999. Paul Lawrie was completing his own great escape with his Open Championship win, Shakespeare in Love was casting a spell at the 71st Academy Awards and plans for the Millennium celebrations were being conjured up by revellers looking ahead to the New Year.



January 15, 2015

The slate is green and clean for Dean Chisnall. The musical actor tells Andrew Youngson about finding his inner Shrek