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Andrew Griffith

Andrew Griffith is a British Conservative Party politician and former senior businessman.

He has been the Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs at the 2019 general election following the retirement of previous Conservative Nick Herbert.

  • Full name: Andrew Griffith
  • Profession: British politician
  • Born: 23 February 1971 (age 49 years), Bexleyheath
  • Office: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2019
  • Education: University of Nottingham
  • Party: Conservative Party
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About Andrew Griffith

Andrew Griffith was born on 23 February 1971 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

He attended St Marys & St Josephs, a state comprehensive school, in Sidcup, Kent.

From 1989 to 1992 he studied Law at Nottingham University. He qualified as an (ICAEW) Chartered Accountant in 1996.

Griffith married Barbara in 1997 and they have one son and one daughter.

Career

Griffith first worked for Rothschild & Co and PwC, before joining Sky as a financial analyst. By 2008, he rose to become Sky’s Chief Financial Officer, joining the Board of Directors, and at the time of his appointment was the youngest Financial Director in the FTSE 100.

In March 2016, Griffith took on an enlarged commercial and operational role as Group Chief Operating Officer helping to grow the business to over 25 million customers, 39,000 employees and operating across seven different countries.

He is a Member of the Royal Television Society and was Co-Chairman of its 2017 RTS Cambridge Convention.

In April 2014, Griffith joined the board of Just Eat as a senior non-executive director, a post which he held in combination with his full-time role at Sky.

 Just Eat then floated at £1.5 billion, the biggest technology IPO on the London Stock Market for eight years. The company’s market value rose above £5 billion by 2017, entering the FTSE 100.

However, in 2017, Just Eat was hit by the double challenge of losing its non-executive Chairman to poor health and its CEO stepping down all within three months, and then the Competition and Markets Authority reviewing Just Eat’s acquisition of competitor Hungry House.

For his role in steadying the company through this period of turbulence and acting as interim Chairman of the Board, Griffith was named The Sunday Times’ Non-Executive Director of the Year in 2018.

In 2019, Griffith stepped down from his roles at Sky and Just Eat to become Chief Business Adviser to the Prime Minister based in 10 Downing Street.

Political career

Griffith stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Corby in 2001 and 2005, reducing the Labour majority by 87% from 11,860 to 1,517 over the two elections.

In 2016, Griffith and Baroness Dido Harding led the ‘Fix Britain’s Internet’ campaign for faster, more reliable broadband.

Griffith was an early supporter of Boris Johnson and Johnson used his £9.5m townhouse as his leadership election campaign headquarters. From July 2019 he has been Boris Johnson’s Chief Business Adviser.

Prior to his appointment as an adviser to Johnson’s government in 10 Downing Street, Griffith was Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Policy Studies, a think tank and pressure group whose mission is to promote coherent and practical policies based on its founding principles of free markets, small state, low tax, national independence, self-determination and responsibility.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and South Downs at the 2019 general election by a majority of 22,521 votes.