Andrew was born in Basildon Hospital on 25th April 1982 to William (Bill), a motor mechanic, and Eleanor, a retired civil servant, and has two younger brothers.
He grew up in Billericay, where his family have lived for six generations, and was educated at South Green Infants and Juniors and the Billericay School, sitting A-Levels at the Billericay School Sixth Form. He went on to read Politics at the University of Greenwich, achieving a 2:1 Bachelor of the Arts (with Honours).
Andrew has subsequently worked in financial services and recruitment and currently works in administration for a Local Authority in London. He lives with his two dogs, Gino and Bella, and is a member of the Norsey Woods Society and the Mill Meadows Society. He is a former governor of Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital and is also a former school governor.
Andrew was elected to Basildon Borough Council in the Billericay East by-election in June 2013 and was re-elected for two further four-year terms in 2014 and again in 2018. Following his re-election in 2018, Andrew was appointed to the frontbench and is currently Chairman of the Economic Development and Growth Committee and an ex officio member of the Policy Oversight and Strategy Committee. He is currently also Chairman of the Conservative Group, having previously been Deputy Chairman (2016-18).
In addition, Andrew currently sits on the Basildon Taxi and Private Hire Consultative Forum and serves as the Borough representative on the South Essex Economic Development and Infrastructure Board and the South Essex Active Travel Sponsoring Board. He has also been reappointed to the Board of the Basildon Borough Citizens’ Advice Bureau (having previously served for two years from 2014 to 2016) and has been a trustee of the John Puckle Educational Foundation since 2014.
Andrew has previously sat on the Council’s Leisure & Community Services Scrutiny Committee (2013-14), sat on the Planning Committee (2014-18), serving two years as Vice-Chairman, and was also Opposition Lead Member on the Regeneration & Environment Committee (2017-18). He was previously a director of the Basildon Community Transport Service and served as lead member on two task and finish working groups, one looking at grounds maintenance and street cleansing and other responding to a Government consultation on powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments.
Additionally, Andrew is currently Deputy Chairman (Political) and Honorary Secretary of both Billericay & District and South Basildon & East Thurrock Conservative Associations. He also served as Agent in the successful campaign to re-elect John Baron as MP for Basildon & Billericay at the 2015 General Election.
Away from politics, Andrew is a massive self-confessed ‘film nerd’ and often gives talks at the Billericay Community Cinema. He also enjoys reading, writing and walking his dogs.