Gordon Henderson was born in the Medway Towns and is proud to be a true “Man of Kent”.
He grew up on a council estate and attended local state schools until he was 16 when he left school to work for Woolworths as a stockroom assistant in Chatham. He stayed with “Woolies” for 15 years and was a senior store manager by the time he decided to move on in 1979.
Since leaving Woolworths, Gordon has done a variety of jobs, including running his own restaurant in South Africa, being a senior contracts officer for GEC Marconi (in Rochester), a director of the Unwins Wine Group and most recently Operations Manager for the largest independent alcohol based gift wholesalers in the UK. Gordon now devotes all of his time and energy to his role as Member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
Gordon is married to Louise and between them they have three children and seven grandchildren – all girls! Louise has a business on Sheppey and was one of the first female members of the Rotary Club of Sheppey.
For relaxation Gordon likes to write. He loves music (his taste is varied which includes: Bach, Beethoven, Beach Boys and the Beatles!) and cooking (his “Steak Winston Churchill” is a dish to die for!).
Gordon is also a long standing supporter of Gillingham FC and Partick Thistle FC.
Gordon has a long-standing interest in politics. He is a fully qualified Conservative Party political agent and at one time was the constituency agent for Thanet North MP, Roger Gale.
Gordon has held a number of elected posts in local government. He was twice deputy leader of Swale Borough Council and was also a Kent County Councillor, during which time he sat both on the Education Committee and the Kent Police Authority. He has retained a keen interest in education and Law and Order.
Gordon Henderson has been politically active in our local community for many years. At the 2005 General Election Gordon was the Parliamentary Candidate for Sittingbourne & Sheppey and came within 79 votes of winning the seat for the Conservative Party.
Gordon stood again in 2010 and his hard work in the community paid off when he won with a 12,383 majority!
Gordon has been involved also in local voluntary work, including as an instructor in the Army Cadet Force, as a director of the SWIM training centre (Sittingbourne) and as a school governor at Eastchurch Primary School (Sheppey) and the Cheyne Middle School (Sheppey).
Gordon is currently director of the Swale Community Action Project, one of the objectives of which is to campaign for a cleaner, greener Swale. In this capacity Gordon is currently involved in organising the Litter Angels competition, which involves local youngsters designing an anti-litter poster or writing a short story about litter.
Gordon is also a keen supporter of the Swale Arts Forum and for the past two years contributed towards the annual arts bursary awarded to local artists.