Title: Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources
Party: Liberal Democrats
Political grouping: Liberal Democrat and Green Group
Ward: Braunston & Martinsthorpe
Other councillors representing this Ward:
Parish: Ayston ; Belton-In-Rutland ; Braunston-In-Rutland ; Brooke ; Gunthorpe ; Leighfield ; Lyndon ; Manton ; Martinsthorpe ; Morcott ; Pilton ; Preston ; Ridlington ; Wardley ; Wing
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Andrew lives locally with his wife in Morcott. He moved to Rutland in 2000 to give his two children a chance to experience life in a rural English village. He grew up mainly in the village of Bloxham in rural north Oxfordshire and went to Banbury Grammar School (which became Banbury School), attaining 8 “O” Levels and 3 “A” levels. He then attended Aston University where he was awarded a BSc Hons degree in Geological Sciences.
He worked as an international geologist on oil rigs for two years including living and working in Nigeria for a year. When he came back to the UK, he joined General Foods in Banbury in Operations management. After 5 years he joined Mars in West Yorkshire, gaining experience across a number of business functions. He was invited to join Dairy Crest in Surbiton where he was appointed Managing Director of Dairy Crest’s Cheese Business, responsible for 11 factories making English cheeses. He joined TT Group PLC, an electronics & engineering conglomerate, as Divisional Chief Executive at the age of 38, responsible for 16 separate businesses in the UK and worldwide. He became CEO of Elisabeth the Chef Ltd in Leamington Spa in 2004, successfully developing the business & then selling it to French food conglomerate Senoble in 2007. He was a CEO for over 25 years, managing mainly food businesses up to £300M in sales and 1500 employees, specialising in turnarounds. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) in 2011.
After he retired, he became a Non-Executive Director on the Trust Board of Leicester’s Hospitals in 2015, where he was Chair of various committees including Charitable Funds, People Process & Performance and Finance & Investment, until 2022. In 2016 he founded TrustMed Pharmacy, the outpatient pharmacy business of UHL NHS Trust, becoming Non-Executive Chair until January 2023. He was elected onto Morcott Parish Council in 2015, becoming Chairman later that year. He is a Governor, Trustee and Director of several local charitable organisations, including Fight 4 Rutland which campaigns against the St George’s Barracks proposals.
He has always had outside interests: He became a junior Rugby coach in 1994 at Basingstoke Rugby Club, going on to become a referee for 5 years. He has an interest in classic cars, owning several interesting cars over the years.
His interest in the communities of Rutland and local government started in 2015 with involvement in his local Parish Council. In 2016-17 he was invited to join the RCC advisory group on St George’s Barracks. He coalesced with members from several Rutland villages affected and went on to found Fight 4 Rutland Ltd in 2020. He has made many deputations on planning issues and on St George’s to Rutland County Council since 2016 and became interested in the business of the Council, including the development and application of policy. Having been responsible for the performance and development of significant businesses he is particularly interested in business improvement processes and finance as well as issues like accessibility, services, highways and development planning which directly affect the residents of Rutland.