About Andrew

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).

He 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 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. Since 2019, he has been the Opposition Chief Whip.

Andrew has previously sat on the Council’s Leisure and Community Services Scrutiny Committee (2013-14) and sat on the Planning Committee (2014-18), serving¬†two years as Vice-Chairman. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Group (2016-18). When the Conservatives were last in opposition, 2017-18, Andrew was appointed to the frontbench as Conservative Spokesman and Opposition Lead Member on the Regeneration and Environment Committee and became Chairman of the Conservative Group (standing down in 2019 when he was appointed Chief Whip). When the Conservatives returned to administration in 2018, Andrew was appointed Chairman of the Economic Development and Growth Committee and an ex officio member of the Policy Oversight and Strategy Committee, holding these positions until the Council slipped back into No Overall Control in 2019. He is now Conservative Spokesman for Economic Development and Growth and Opposition Lead Member on the Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth Committee.

He has as been a trustee of the John Puckle Educational Foundation since 2014 and has previously served on a number of outside bodies. He was a director of the Basildon Community Transport Service, sat on the Basildon Taxi and Private Hire Consultative Forum and served as the Borough representative on the South Essex Economic Development and Infrastructure Board, the South Essex Active Travel Sponsoring Board and on the Board of the Basildon Borough Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Andrew also served as lead member on two task and finish working groups, one looking at grounds maintenance and street cleansing and the other responding to a Government consultation on powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments.

Andrew is currently Chairman of the Basildon & Billericay Conservative Association, having previously served as Deputy Chairman and Honorary Secretary for five years. 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.