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Meet the members! This month meet Andy..........

Hartlepool born and bred Andy

Hi there! I'm Andy Hagon and I'm married with two children. I was brought up in Hartlepool, and most of my family live in this great town. I work in education, and ensuring that our young people get the very best start in life is my passion. I was fortunate enough to have great parents, neighbours and teachers who guided me towards an exciting future and I want the sons and daughters of Hartlepool to take advantage of the same opportunities I had.

I became a Lib Dem 10 years because I wanted to help out in my local community (and not as a career move!), and I'm currently involved in a lot of voluntary work that aims to support that goal. The Lib Dems appealed to me because I too wanted to create a fair and just society, where all can flourish, regardless of who they are or where they were born. Labour has forgotten about the hard working man and woman who struggle to make ends meet. The Conservatives only seem to remember the rich.

I'm also driven to stop the wasteful spending by the local Labour-run Council, standing up for local people against Labour's poor management of local resources. Hartlepool deserves the very best and I believe I have alot to offer this great town of ours. Hartlepool has been good to me and I want to give something back, because being in politics is not about what Hartlepool can do for you, it's about what you can do for Hartlepool.

From the town

I went to Brinkburn Comprehensive school where I sat my O Levels and then stayed on and studied for my A levels at Hartlepool 6th Form College.

As a student I worked at Fine Fare, Gateway and Asda (when they used to be in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre), at Hewitson's on Oxford Road (bagging spuds!), then later in my adult life at St Hild's Secondary school as a History Teacher, as a Senior Leader at Hartlepool Tesco and as an Education Officer with Hartlepool Local Education Authority. I've been a volunteer for Hartlepool Barnardo's and Hartlepool Youth Service too.

I've played a lot of bowls at various outdoor clubs in my time, and of course at the Indoor Bowls Club (where they serve a mean Sunday Lunch), as well as rugby for West Hartlepool when I was a youngster, 10 years at the 4th Hartlepool Boys' Brigade, and football throughout my life, finally retiring a few years ago with Small Crafts on a Sunday morning.

Current Work

I currently work part time teaching at a secondary school. I also work with two Teaching School Alliances where I deliver national professional leadership qualifications for one, and work as a Specialist Leader in Education for the other. I also coach pupils and adults in and around York in the fields of education and business.

I'm a trained Facilitator, licensed to deliver a range of leadership psychometric testing and assessments, a Trained TLG intervention Coach for children, and I'm currently studying for a Diploma in Counselling and a Level 5 ILM qualification in Leadership and Management.

Current Hobbies / Interests/ Voluntary work

  • a Primary School Governor of a school with a 'Good with Outstanding' from Ofsted.
  • a member of York City Council's Learning & Culture Policy & Scrutiny Committee.
  • a member of the York Diocesan Synod, a Member of the Governing Body (PCC) of 3 Churches, an All Age Service Leader, and a Sunday School leader
  • do voluntary work at a Primary school every Friday, coaching young people who need support
  • I love travelling with my family, playing football, writing musicals and reading (currently reading Coaching with NLP by K. Burton).

Previous Work

Over the last 8 years I was an Assistant Vice Principal for Climate for Learning and an AVP responsible for Teaching and Learning, Performance Management and CPD in a tough inner city Academy.

I have significant experience as an Education Consultant working for a Private Education company, leading its Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in the North of England, training and mentoring Primary and Secondary School Senior and Middle Leaders.

I also have considerable experience as a Store Manager for Tesco in London.

Education and qualifications the 2 Andy's

  • PGCE History and Religious Education (University of Durham 2002)
  • History (Hons) Degree 2:1 (University of North Wales 1992)

Association Membership

  • a current full member of the Association for Coaching
  • Coaching York,
  • and the NASUWT teacher's Union.