Andrew Wood

Buckinghamshire Council

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.

Mission Statement

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.

See Also

Anita Cranmer

Town Councillor for Beaconsfield - Anita Cranmer lives in the Old Town, Beaconsfield with her with husband George. They have 5 children and now 11 grandchildren. She taught at Wycombe High School for 6 years and for 8 years Anita was District Councillor for Hedgerley and Fulmer.

Santokh S Chhokar

Buckinghamshire Council
Denham, Fulmer and Gerrards Cross East Candidate

Santokh S Chhokar BSc (Hons), Solicitor (Hons), FRSA
About me : I am married with three children and we have lived in Gerrards Cross East for the past 18 years. I am the Senior Partner in a medium-sized solicitors’ practice, established in 1994 with offices in Southall, Slough and Central London.

Carol Heap

Buckinghamshire Unitary Council

Carol Heap will be new to elected office. Carol is a Pharmacist by profession and currently serves as Director of HealthWatch Bucks, and is a Trustee for Community Impact Bucks.

Julia Adey

Buckinghamshire Candidate
The Wooburns and Bourne End

JULIA ADEY

Having lived all my life and raised three sons in Buckinghamshire, I moved to the Cores End area of Bourne End in 2007.

Alastair Pike

Buckinghamshire Council

Alastair Pike has been a Town Councillor in Beaconsfield since 2011 and became Leader of the Conservative Group and the Town Council in 2015.  He is currently Deputy Mayor.

Luisa Sullivan

Buckinghamshire Candidate

The role of a county councillor is predominately that of a communicator. Being able to engage with all residents and community groups and balancing the needs and interests of residents, with council policy and its services, at all council tier levels.

I have been active in the community for many years, and have built solid relationships with many of our community groups. 

Over these last 25 years you’ve given me an insight and understanding of how our local community feels about their environment, its needs, its development and growth and aspirations for our younger generation.

There are many developments and projects happening in The Ivers. Alongside these, we need to plan for more community facilities, develop the road network and address the congestion problems.

We need to balance the need for housing, with affordable and cost saving initiatives like shared equity and self-build opportunities, alongside protecting our precious Green Belt and open spaces.

A tall order and this task requires your County Council representative to hold integrity, honesty and rational level thinking, to be an effective communicator, negotiator and team member, able to work with different local authority tiers and in partnership with other organisations to deliver positive outcomes for our community.

If you would like to speak to me or have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Luisa Sullivan Mobile: 07915 000767 Email: luisa.sullivan1@gmail.com

Ralph Bagge

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate

I have lived in Stoke Poges since 1995, and both our children went to The Stoke Poges School, where my wife teaches music. I started taking an interest in local politics around the time of the Bells Hill redevelopment and was elected to Stoke Poges Parish Council in 2010, being elected Chairman the following year. I was elected to South Bucks District Council, representing Stoke Poges in 2011, where I became Chairman of the Planning Committee, and after re-election, in 2015 I became Leader of the Council, working regularly with County colleagues on issues including housing, health and the local economy. With my experience of local government, you can rely on me to represent your concerns effectively at County Hall.

I believe that South Bucks is a great place to live in – we have beautiful tree-lined roads and the openness of the Green Belt while enjoying the excellent road, rail and air access. I’m passionate about preserving our quality of life and ensuring that South Bucks remains a great place to live. I'm determined to see off the threat from Slough to build on our Green Belt and to preserve the semi-rural character of our quiet villages that we all enjoy so much.

Michael Bracken

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate
Gerrards Cross Ward

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE UNITARY COUNCIL

Gerrards Cross (North & South),Beaconsfield Old Town and Hedgerley

Michael Bracken

I’m a local who returned here last year

Thomas Broom

Buckinghamshire Council

Thomas Broom

Chairman of Hedgerley Parish Council

Education: Primary: Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross, Secondary: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham

Higher: BA Hons in Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury

Trevor Egleton

Buckinghamshire Council

Trevor Egleton

I worked in the construction industry for 55 years as a quantity surveyor/estimator for a variety of companies on a wide range of projects and am now retired.