BCP Council candidate and CLP Chair
Andy graduated university with a 2:1 Business Studies degree and in 2001 joined Hampshire Constabulary as a Police Officer. After rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant, and having gained a wide range of knowledge and experience in departments such as Intelligence, and Serious and Organised Crime, he left the Police and now runs a small local business making furniture from reclaimed wood. Andy dedicates his spare time within the local community as a volunteer at Somerford Youth and Community Centre and previously as a committee member of Christchurch Citizens’ Association, recently standing down to fight this election on behalf of local residents whilst not compromising the political neutrality of the association.
Elected Chair of Christchurch Labour Party in 2018, Andy began reorganising the movement from the ground up, enthusing the membership and involving the Party more with the local community, notably helping Christchurch Soup Kitchen and the local food bank with collections and donations. Most recently Andy campaigned tirelessly alongside parents against the closure of Goslings Nursery and worked with fellow candidate Claire Wade in pushing the Council to provide a clean drinking water fountain in Christchurch for the public, and especially our homeless community here.
Andy’s drive, passion, and community values give him a strong voice for Christchurch against the Tory majority, and his experience of public service will ensure a level of honesty, integrity and a commitment to transparency that has been lacking from local politics across the area for too long.