Background
Andy was raised in Andover after the family settled there with the Army. He was brought up in a normal, single-parent family, on benefits on a council estate. He has a young son. A youth worker, chef, gardener and Local councillor he went on to train as a Baptist Minister in 2013. He studied theology at Regents Park College, Oxford alongside reviving a dwindling 362-year-old Baptist church in Hampshire. 
 
Experience
Andy was elected to the newly formed Andover Town Council in 2010, aged 20. He has served the council in many capacities, including being Vice-Chair (deputy mayor) of the Council between 2013-14 and being the Chair of the Staffing Sub-Committee during the same period. He was also one of the main Councillors, along with Chairman Cllr Geoff McBride, to push for and form the Andover Youth Council. Andy was Co-Opted back onto Andover Town Council in January 2016 and then re-elected in 2019. He served on the council until his resignation in October 2019 (https://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/17929625.councillor-andy-fitchet-resign-andover-town-council/).
 
He has stood for election at all levels of government from Town (2010), Borough (2011 and 2015), County (2017) and Parliament (2017). He was the Chair of Andover and North West Hampshire Labour Party between 2015 and 2019. 
 
Andy is currently pioneering a new church plant on a new housing development, Picket Twenty, in Andover. Picket Twenty Church is an inclusive and affirming church. He is an authorised presbyter in the Methodist church and since September 2019 he has been the Minister at Bridge St and St Andrew's Methodist Churches in Andover.
 
Andy has worked for a number of charities, most recently for the Good Neighbours Network, helping to tackle social isolation and loneliness through acts of kindness across Hampshire. For Good Neighbours Network, he trained voluntary groups on GDPR, Safeguarding & DBS checks, Insurances, Constitutional matters, volunteer management and volunteer recruitment. Before that he worked for the leading Disability charity, Enham Trust as a Corporate, Community and Events Fundraiser. Andy is also a Trustee for the Yellow Brick Road Project which helps to prevent youth homelessness and young person isolation.
 
Andy is often invited to preach across many denominations and invited to speak at conferences & events. He speaks on topics including justice and social justice, political engagement, Christian engagement in public life and LGBTQ inclusion. 
 
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