Andy Mercer has lived in Rushden since 1977. His four children were all educated locally. He is a Rushden Town Councillor and sits on East Northants Council.
Andy was born in East London and went to Exeter University, where he earnt his Doctorate. After a spell in management consultancy, he moved to Northamptonshire to work for Texas Instruments. He currently runs a software company that he founded in 1985, and which now trades worldwide.
He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Statistician, a Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Member of the British Computer Society, and a European Engineer (Eur Ing) and was elected as a Conservative County Councillor for Rushden in May 2005.
He feels strongly that the public deserves high quality public Services, and that politicians have duty to provide them. In particular, he wants to see improved services for children and the elderly.