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Andrew Griffith

Andrew Griffith

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Griffith in 2020
Prime Minister's Chief Business Adviser

23 July 2019
Boris Johnson
Position established
Member of Parliament
for Arundel and South Downs

12 December 2019
Nick Herbert
Majority22,521 (36.7%)
Personal details
Born (1971-02-23) 23 February 1971 (age 49)[1]
Bexleyheath, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
Websitewww.andrewgriffithmp.com

Andrew Griffith (born 23 February 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician and former senior businessman who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and South Downs at the 2019 general election.[2]

Early Life and Education

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.[]

Business career

Griffith first worked for Rothschild & Co and PwC, before joining Sky as a financial analyst.[3] 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.[4]

In March 2016,[5] 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.[6]

He is a member of the Royal Television Society and was co-chairman of its 2017 RTS Cambridge Convention.[7]

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.[8] The company's market value rose above £5 billion by 2017, entering the FTSE 100.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14]

Political career

Griffith stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Corby in 2001[15] and 2005, reducing the Labour majority by 87% from 11,860 to 1,517 over the two elections.[16]

In 2016, Griffith and Baroness Dido Harding led the 'Fix Britain's Internet' campaign for faster, more reliable broadband.[17]

Griffith was an early supporter of Boris Johnson and Johnson used his £9.5M townhouse as his leadership election campaign headquarters.[18][19] From July 2019 he has been Boris Johnson's Chief Business Adviser.[20]

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.[21]

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 vote,[22] following the retirement of previous Conservative Nick Herbert.[23]

References

  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Arundel & South Downs parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.andrewgriffithmp.com/about-andrew
  4. ^ https://www.financialdirector.co.uk/2011/03/01/the-fd-interview-andrew-griffith-bskyb/
  5. ^ https://variety.com/2016/tv/global/sky-andrew-griffith-chief-operating-officer-1201735034/
  6. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/company/sky/about/
  7. ^ https://rts.org.uk/person/andrew-griffith
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/03/just-eat-shares-rise-flotation
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/29/a-bigger-slice-of-the-pie-just-eat-enters-ftse-100-with-55bn-valuation
  10. ^ https://www.standard.co.uk/business/just-eat-gets-goahead-to-swallow-hungryhouse-a3657091.html
  11. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ned-award-for-ftse-all-share-andrew-griffith-juggled-jobs-to-deliver-in-a-crisis-c0xz89twb
  12. ^ https://www.nedawards.co.uk/winners
  13. ^ Syal, Rajeev; Mason, Rowena; O'Carroll, Lisa (23 July 2019). "Sky executive among Johnson's first appointments". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.insidermedia.com/news/central-and-east/just-eat-director-steps-down-after-pm-appointment
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sky-chief-andrew-griffith-is-lured-to-fix-boris-johnson-s-bridges-with-business-hp8jkzb9l
  18. ^ Mason, Rowena; Syal, Rajeev (19 July 2019). "Boris Johnson uses Sky executive's townhouse as campaign HQ". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Boris Johnson appoints Sky senior executive as business adviser after being lent his £9.5m Westminster flat". The Independent. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ https://www.ft.com/content/a73f2ba2-ad35-11e9-8030-530adfa879c2
  21. ^ Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett Keith Joseph (Chesham 2001), p. 240.
  22. ^ "Arundel & South Downs parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ https://www.nickherbert.com/news/2019/12/9/a-message-to-the-voters-of-arundel-amp-south-downs

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