Born in 1961 in Colchester, Essex, Andrew was educated at The Harwich School and at Bristol and Cambridge Universities.
Andrew spent most of his career in the medical branch of the Royal Navy before entering Parliament, leaving in October 2000 as Surgeon Commander. He practiced as a Consultant Occupational Physician and GP and qualified as a Ships Diver Officer. Research based at Southampton general hospital into neurological decompression illness led to the award of an MD and the Gilbert Blane medal.
He was called up in September 2003 to serve as medical officer to 40 Regiment Royal Artillery in South East Iraq (Operation TELIC II).
With experience as a School Governor, Prison Visitor and Board Member of a Social Housing Group, Andrew is interested in encouraging people to volunteer and is the author of a Bow Group pamphlet entitled ‘Investors in Communities.’ Assisting Rt Hon Lord Freeman, Special Adviser on Candidates, he has been closely involved with the Candidates’ Department at Conservative Central Office.
A health specialist, he believes strongly in the value of community based hospital provision and has campaigned in support of community hospitals in West Wiltshire.
In November 2003 he was appointed a Shadow Minister for Health. In July 2007, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Defence. In September 2012 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defence.
Andrew lives in his constituency with his wife Jenny, a physiotherapist, and their five daughters. If he had any spare time, he would enjoy sailing and skiing.