Andrew has extensive experience both of professional practice and elected public office. Previously a barrister with a common law practice for twenty years, he prosecuted and defended a wide range of criminal work including fraud, drugs conspiracies and serious violence, Andrew is now practising in the field of planning and environmental law where he has a strong record of policy innovation as an elected councillor.
As a Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration for six years, Andrew
- created a site specific policy of sporting intensification that led to a successful planning application for a new football stadium enabled by 600 homes, so that AFC Wimbledon will be able to return to their spiritual home in Plough Lane
- negotiated with Crossrail2 to ensure the survival and improvement of Wimbledon town centre in the context of extensive transport infrastructure proposals. To support his Borough’s position Andrew engineered a united cross-party response and encouraged Crossrail2 to join a master-planning exercise commissioned by the Council and the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District
- introduced a Core Planning Strategy that aims to be a ‘municipal leader in improving the environment, taking the lead in tackling climate change, reducing pollution, developing a low carbon economy, consuming fewer resources and using them more effectively… an exemplary borough in mitigating and adapting to climate change and to make it a more attractive and green place,’
- led a £6m transport focused scheme to revive Mitcham town centre and introduced significant highway and street scene improvements in Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon and Raynes Park
- championed much new cycling infrastructure
- introduced a cutting edge climate change strategy along with 1.46 MWp of solar photovoltaics on 23 public buildings including schools and leisure centres;
- devised an innovative community gardening and food growing scheme involving a range of partners and increasing numbers of residents;
- chaired the South London Waste Partnership of four Boroughs, supervising negotiations for a 25 year energy from waste contract; introduced mixed plastic and aluminum recycling and rolled out kitchen waste recycling to all households in Merton;
- been a Member of the London Councils’ Waste Efficiencies Committee managing grant funding to 3rd parties;
- promoted a new contract to construct electric vehicle charging points across the Borough along with differential parking charges for diesel vehicles in order to reduce Nitrogen Oxide and PM10 air pollution;
- led the maintenance of 115 parks and green spaces through 25% budget cuts;
- has been a foundation trustee of the four Borough Wandle Valley Regional Park promoting green infrastructure in an urban setting.
Previously, as Leader of the Council for five years, Andrew led its transformation from a position of weakness to one of strength on a ‘Journey to Excellence’. He also negotiated with Government to introduce the famous Merton Rule in 2003: a planning requirement for ‘on-site’ renewable energy in non-residential developments. The Merton Rule was copied by 140 councils and eventually supported adopted by the UK Government, becoming part of the then PPS22. The Merton Rule gave a boost to the design and production of on-site renewables. Eg Mitsubishi Electrical developed a new range of heating and ventilation equipment to meet Merton Rule requirements.
Andrew also initiated the sale of land at two sites to the Homes and Communities Agency along with development briefs that led to a National Design Award for one scheme and a total of 386 new homes at Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 with sustainable drainage (alleviating flood risk), solar energy, CHP, electric recharging points for vehicles and new public green spaces.
He has served on the London Sustainable Development Commission advising the Mayor and the GLA functional bodies and helped develop a matrix to guide sustainable decision-making across the GLA as well as revisions to the London Plan.
Andrew was also a member of the Commission on London Governance that recommended increasing the role of the Mayor of London.
A peer member for local government improvement with the Local Government Association, Andrew has taken part in many Peer Review and Audit Commission Inspection teams as well as conducting individual mentoring and team consultancy work for Councils. Recently, he was asked back after 5 years to be part of a Peer Review team of Equalities and Inclusion at Transport for London. The resulting report again accredited TfL as Excellent in the context of the Local Government Framework.
Andrew has also chaired a cross agency review into the lessons to be learned from the murder of a young woman by her family in a so called ‘honour killing.’
Andrew is a bee-keeper and says that he finds it therapeutic!
He enjoys walking in the country, cycling and reading historical biographies. He also supports Manchester City FC. (He was born in Salford, Lancs)
- LLM in Environmental Law, UCL: tutored by Richard Macrory, Jane Holder and Maria Lee:- all leading academics in the field. Studies included: Environmental Assessment, Integrated Prevention, Pollution and Control, Habitat Conservation, International Environmental Law, European Environmental Law and a dissertation on the regulatory changes affecting local government that would assist in addressing climate change.
- MSc in Politics and Administration, Birkbeck College
- Bar Examination, Inns of Court School of Law
- BA (Hons) in Law, University of Kent at Canterbury
- R-v-Glover (2009) – A widely reported prosecution of a former playboy model at Lewes Crown Court.
- R-v-Ireson & others (2010-2011) – One of the largest building fraud conspiracies to be prosecuted. Leading defence junior counsel in a four month VHCC case at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Ireson was acquitted, three other defendants all convicted.