Councillor Andy Martin
Councillor Andy Martin is the Portfolio Holder for Customer, Communications and Culture.
This portfolio includes:
- customer services and contact
- our websites
- communications, marketing and brand
- cultural services and cultural compact
- museums and libraries.
Andy has lived in the Highcliffe area since 1975.
A Sussex University politics graduate, he has had a long career in journalism – spending more than 25 years as the news editor and then editor of the Bournemouth Echo, and in the past four years as stand in editor of other papers including the Salisbury Journal, Basingstoke Gazette and the Oxford Mail.
He teaches media law and journalism, is a chief examiner for the National Council for Training of Journalists, and also works in media training mainly in the military sector.
Founder of the Christchurch Independents in 2018, Andy first entered local politics in 1985 as an elected member of Dorset County Council, serving as a councillor until 1993.
In BCP Council, one of Andy’s key priorities for his portfolio is helping to improve the council’s customer services. He is also passionate about the development of the arts in the area, saying:
“I believe in the power of arts and culture to enrich and change lives, not only as a driver for revitalisation and regeneration but as a huge force for good in community health and well-being.
“I also want to help residents receive a better customer experience, a journey that will take time as we continue the complicated process of bringing the three councils together operationally.”
Andy has two sons, Chris, and David (his fellow BCP councillor in Highcliffe and Walkford) and two granddaughters.
In his free time, he is passionate about classical music, walking Labrador/Spaniel Ruby and campaigning to protect green spaces, especially woodland.
Andy is a trustee of the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Friends of the New Forest Airfields Association.