Andy has had a 30 year career in Policing, having joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982 as a PC in Hackney, working in a variety of core policing and specialist roles as a Scotland Yard Detective, and also at the Association of Chief Police Officers, retiring in 2012. Andy has since been involved in a number of community and voluntary roles in Peterborough, He is a school governor at two schools in Peterborough, is a trustee in an academy trust, helps to run a community association and chairs a community interest company supporting children and young people in Peterborough.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a keen motorcyclist and is a member of the Motorcycle Action Group and the Institute of Advanced Motorcycling. He is also a supporter of the Woodland Trust and the Saluki Welfare Fund.
In 2015 was elected as a City Councillor in Bretton South Ward, appointed to the cabinet that year as Lead Member for Children’s Services. Following this year’s ward boundary changes that moved Bretton SOuth into West Ward, Andy was selected to stand in Fletton and Woodston Ward where he joins Lucia Serluca as the Conservative Councillor team in the Ward.
Before the election Andy was vice chair of the Police and Crime Panel for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but in July 2016 was appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, where he supports Jason Ablewhite, the Police and Crime Commissioner in his work and has a particular focus on supporting victims of crime.
Andy lives in the Centre of Peterborough with his wife, Louise, who teaches locally and with two exuberant rescued Salukis. He has three grown up daughters.
Cllr Andy Coles - Fletton & Woodston