Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019

Andrew Gravells

the linguistics department. “I have always had an inquisitive mind, so it was fascinating work,” said. He then moved to another famous government department – Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise – to become a VAT inspector, travelling the county visiting businesses and getting deep into their finances. As a city and county councillor,

working party which met at 10 Downing Street and was part of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe. In order to thank the NHS staff who saved his life, Andrew is using his year as chairman of county council to help raise funds for the Oncology Centre in Cheltenham and it has become his official charity. Andrew is arranging a collection at a full council meeting and plans a series of events to raise much-needed money to support cancer treatment in Gloucestershire. He said: “If you’re looking for a place to donate the office Christmas charity whip-round, please consider thinking of donating it to our local Oncology Centre. I can be contacted on Gloucester 503974 or by email at for more information. “Thank you, especially to my friends and NHS staff in Gloucestershire and Bristol who have helped me to stay alive and to stay happy." We need more councillors with the grit and determination of Andrew Gravells l

Andrew has achieved many notable successes. As well as the battle with Morrisons to ensure that the Ridge and Furrow pub re-opened, he was the driving force behind saving cardiology beds at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. His intervention led to many sound homes in Victoria Street, Gloucester being saved from demolition. In addition, he has successfully resolved hundreds of constituents’ cases all over Gloucestershire. Nationally, Andrew has served on a central government

Andrew Gravells (centre) supported a bed push by county firefighters earlier this year to raise funds for Gloucestershire Oncology Unit

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