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 The Billericay School. He 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 fiancée and her daughter and is a member of the Norsey Woods Society and the Mill Meadows Society and 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 and sits on the Local Government Reorganisation and Transition Committee, the Housing and Communities Committee, the Housing Development Sub-Committee, the Enforcement Sub-Committee, the Transparency and Accountability Working Group, the Billericay Town Centre Working Group and the Laindon Town Centre Working Group. He is currently the Conservative Group Spokesman on Local Government Reform and also on Covid-19.

Andrew has previously sat on the Council’s Leisure and Community Services Scrutiny Committee (2013-14) and served four years on the Planning Committee (2014-18), including two years as Vice-Chairman. He was also Chairman of the Conservative Group (2018-19), having previously served as Deputy Chairman (2016-18). When the Conservatives were last in opposition (2017-18), Andrew was appointed to the frontbench as Spokesman and Opposition Lead Member on the Regeneration and Environment Committee. 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 continued to act as Opposition Spokesman on Economic Development and served on the Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth Committee (2019-20).

He was a trustee of the John Puckle Educational Foundation and 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 was formerly Chairman of the Basildon & Billericay Conservative Association, having previously served as Deputy Chairman and Honorary Secretary for five years, and is currently Deputy Chairman (Political) of Essex Area Conservatives. He also served as Agent in the successful campaign to re-elect John Baron as MP for Basildon & Billericay at the 2015 and 2019 General Elections.

Away from politics, Andrew is a massive self-confessed ‘film nerd’ and often gives talks at the Billericay Community Cinema. He also enjoys watching (and talking endlessly about) films and is a voracious reader, with a particular love of history, political biography, and high fantasy.