My name is Andrew Wood and I am 56 years of age. I was fortunate to grow up in a lovely part of the north east of Scotland called Buckie with two Loving parents and a Sister, all of whom are still alive today. I visit them regularly, as I very much value family ethics and, care dearly for my Mum & Dad.
I achieved a Degree in Electronics Servicing as a Television Engineer when I left school, but decided to go into Sales at the age of 22 and began with Rowntree Macintosh (now Nestlé) working my way up to Area Manager for Scotland before moving South, to start a new career in the Toy industry. I’ve been in Children’s Toys ever since, working for corporate companies including Hasbro and Tomy, where I was Sales Director for over 10 years, before starting my own Business which I still run to this day. My dealings at Senior Management with the biggest retailers have included Argos, Tesco, Boots, Asda & Amazon and this has given me a broad insight and wealth of experience into the highs and lows of the Business World as well as excellent negotiating skills.
I began my career at the bottom rung of the ladder and have now, through hard work and effort, reached a stage where I still like to think I learn something new every day, but enjoy sharing my considerable experience with other colleagues by imparting knowledge to them.
I enjoy keeping fit as a member of the local Gym and love all sport, particularly Rugby and Football, only now as a spectator. I always try to see the glass half full, and believe I have a positive energy and outlook to life. I get things done by listening and responding to people’s needs and requirements.
Since I lost my wife 8 years ago I try to get the best out of each day, and to put something back into the community I live in, doing what I can to help and believe firmly in Conservatism and the party principles.
My Connection with Gerrard Cross
I moved to Howards Wood Drive Gerrards Cross over 14 years ago, and have enjoyed the close-knit community feeling created by the local people. I joined the Gerrards Cross Town Council in Sept ’18 and in 9 months have been Elected Chairman of Highways and Deputy Chairman of the Council as a result of my passion and efforts to maintain our environment. I feel I have an affinity with many of the Town’s retailers, as I try to support the shops and local businesses the best I can, and to engage with the locals on issues they may have. I enjoy the lovely open space the Commons provide, and strive to protect the Green Belt in and around Gerrards Cross and the surrounding area. This is a wonderful place to live and I want to keep it that way.
Campaigning and Previous Experience
I believe I’m a very good communicator, and I try to understand other people’s points of view. Through my life’s experiences good and bad I’ve been able to turn this into an action plan for my day to day journey. I fundraised on behalf of The Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea & Michael Sobel Hospice in Harefield in memory of my wife when she died and raised over £56k using a network of connections and friends which was a great result for the Charities. I’m not afraid of hard work and my never say die attitude comes from a hard-working life which has stood me in good stead thus far.
I wanted to include some core beliefs which have affected my life to date. My father, whom I have ultimate respect for, once told me: “A man is only as a good as his word” and I try to apply this statement to everything I do.
I also believe that “The Secret of Success in Everything Is In The Detail”, and I genuinely believe this has got me to where I am today.
I’d like the Gerrards Cross Ward including Hedgerley and Old Beaconsfield, to become a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the same opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
Finally, my ambition would be to serve you the Gerrards Cross Conservative Constituency with the best I can give, and promise loyalty and honesty should I be elected.