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Councillor Andrew Hensman

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09 May 2019
First Elected
07 May 2015
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Election History

Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and re-elected
Thu 9 May 2019 Mon 8 May 2023 Local Elections - May 2023

Party Representation History

ConservativeThu 7 May 2015 Mon 8 May 2023

Ward Representation History

Braintree Central and Beckers GreenThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
Braintree Central and Beckers GreenThu 9 May 2019 Mon 8 May 2023

Current Committee Memberships

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Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

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Past Outside Body Appointments

Personal Register of Interests

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Meeting Declarations

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Tue, 28 Feb 2023Housing Strategy 
Thu, 9 Feb 2023Planning (including enforcement) 
Wed, 26 Oct 2022Cost of Living 
Thu, 29 Sep 2022Economic Development 
Tue, 19 Jul 2022Levelling Up 
Thu, 16 Jun 2022Police and Crime Commissioner 
Thu, 26 May 2022Strategic Risk Register 
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Thu, 30 May 2019Introduction to Environmental Services and Enforcement, and Housing and Community Services 
Tue, 28 May 2019Introduction to Local Government Finance and Strategic Investments 
Tue, 14 May 2019Introduction to Council Services 
Thu, 9 May 2019Member Induction Day - Overview of the Council including Role of Councillor and Code of Conduct  
Mon, 28 Jan 2019PFCC 
Wed, 9 Jan 2019Lone Worker and Staying Safe 
Thu, 22 Nov 2018Governance Committee Training 
Wed, 21 Nov 2018Scrutiny of the Priorities for 2019/20 and Initial Budget Position 
Thu, 8 Nov 2018Managing Challenging Behaviour 
Tue, 16 Oct 2018Brain, Balance and Power 
Tue, 18 Sep 2018Partnership and Collaborative WorkingThis 2 hour session looks at partnership and collaboration examples within local government and looks at the role that elected members can play to enable and instigate the process. It also looks at the required key skills and some of the competencies that assist partnership building.
Thu, 26 Jul 2018Member Development - Planning EnforcmentSession outline: Guide to Planning Enforcement including: Outline of powers and enforcement tools, breaches of planning controls, permitted development, allegations which are not planning breaches, outline of powers for untidy land, unlawful adverts, protected trees and listed buildings.
Tue, 24 Jul 2018Knowing me, knowing you - Influential Impact 
Thu, 14 Jun 2018Influencing Skills 
Thu, 24 May 2018Member Development - Health and wellbeingSession Outline: Be Well Strategy, Disabled Facilities Grants, Home First initiative, mental health provision
Thu, 17 May 2018Handling Difficult Situations 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018Advance Communication 
Mon, 8 Jan 2018Community Leadership 
Wed, 22 Nov 2017Overview and Scrutiny 
Thu, 16 Nov 2017Member Development Evening 
Wed, 8 Nov 2017Sensory Awareness 
Thu, 2 Nov 2017Presenting with Presence 
Thu, 7 Sep 2017Benefits and Welfare 
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development 
Thu, 13 Jul 2017Virtual Dementia Tour 
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development  
Thu, 15 Jun 2017Managing Challenging Behaviour 
Thu, 25 May 2017Member Development 
Wed, 19 Apr 2017Making the most of the hours that count 
Thu, 13 Apr 2017Advanced Social Media Skills 
Tue, 7 Mar 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Mon, 5 Dec 2016Member Development 
Wed, 16 Nov 2016Dangerous Wild Animals Act - Training 
Wed, 9 Nov 2016Managing Conflict 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
Wed, 12 Oct 2016Being effective in meetings  
Tue, 20 Sep 2016Sensory Awareness 
Thu, 15 Sep 2016Member Development 
Thu, 8 Sep 2016Member Development 
Wed, 31 Aug 2016Member Development 
Wed, 27 Jul 2016Member Development 
Thu, 14 Jul 2016Public Speaking/Presentation Skills  
Wed, 6 Jul 2016Public Speaking/Presentation Skills  
Wed, 29 Jun 2016Member Development  
Thu, 16 Jun 2016Influencing Skills 
Wed, 18 May 2016Social Media Awareness 
Thu, 28 Apr 2016Member Development  
Wed, 20 Apr 2016Effective Communication 
Thu, 14 Apr 2016Member Development  
Tue, 22 Mar 2016Engaging Young People 
Thu, 18 Feb 2016Ward Leadership 
Tue, 12 Jan 2016Community Champions 
Wed, 16 Dec 2015Speed Reading 
Thu, 22 Oct 2015Media Interview Skills 
Tue, 22 Sep 2015Public Speaking 
Mon, 10 Aug 2015Working with the media 
Thu, 16 Jul 2015Managing Difficult Situations 
Tue, 2 Jun 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 26 May 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 19 May 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 14 May 2015Member Induction 
Wed, 13 May 2015Member Induction 
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Councillors’ Community Grant

This Grant Scheme operates from 1st September 2016 and provides all 49 Ward Councillors with funds to support Organisations and Groups to develop and deliver community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.

Councillors are obliged to consider the Member Code of Conduct when making grant decisions.  To aid transparency the details of each grant are published below.

Grants made by Councillor Andrew Hensman:


: Braintree District Museum Trust
Project: Museum Gallery Refurbishment
Overall cost of project: £5,000.00
Grant awarded: £1,500.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor John Cunningham
Date: 10th March 2017


Organisation: Braintree, Halstead and Witham Citizens Advice Bureau
Project: Citizens Advice in the Community
Overall cost of project: £2280
Grant awarded: £760
Joint Grant:Yes - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham and John Cunningham
Date: 26th June 2017


Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Project: Mosque Open Day
Overall cost of project: £1,600.00
Grant awarded: £333.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Cunningham and Mrs Mary Cunningham
Date: 17th August 2017


Organisation: Braintree Chess Club
Project: Braintree Chess 2017
Overall cost of project: £940.24
Grant awarded: £240.00
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillors John Cunningham and Mary Cunningham)
Date:  7th November 2017


Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Project: Electronic Score Board
Overall cost of project: £944
Grant awarded: £100
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillors Mary Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Vanessa Santomauro and Graham Butland)
Date: 10th January 2018


Organisation: CHAPS Men's Health Charity
Project: The Braintree District Men's Health Project
Overall cost of project: £4000.00
Grant awarded: £1500.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Ron Ramage, Frankie Ricci, Bill Rose, John Cunningham, Miss Vanessa Santomauro, Peter Tattersley, John Baugh and Gavin Maclure
Date: 2nd February 2019


Organisation: Home-Start Essex 
Charity Registration Number:
Braintree Family Group
Overall cost of Project:
£10,000 to cover entire year
Grant Awarded:
Joint Grant:
Yes - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, Dean Wallace, Saif Rehman, Tom Cunningham, Mrs Lyn Walters and  David Mann
1st August 2019
Financial Year:

Organisation: Community Iron
Charity Registration Number: 1162930
Project: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer
Overall cost of Project: £2232 (Requested £2232)
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Miss Vanessa Santomauro, Graham Butland, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Kevin Bowers, Mrs Lyn Walters, Peter Tattersley, and John McKee
Date: 22nd July 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: Braintree District Museum Trust
Registered Charity No.: 1110447 and 05408088
Project: Exhibition 'Space Fact & Fiction'
Overall cost of project: £7,500
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Baugh, Kevin Bowers, Graham Butland, Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Wendy Schmitt, Peter Tattersley, Dean Wallace, Lyn Walters and Justin Wrench
Date: 26th May 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Heads2Minds
Registered Charity No.: 1192588
Project: Pet assisted therapy 
Overall cost of project: £1200
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Saif Rehman
Date: 21st October 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: St Paul's Church, Braintree
Charity No.: n/a
Project: Messy Fun Day
Overall cost of project: £600
Grant awarded: £600
Joint Grant: No
Date: 4th February 2022
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: St Paul's Church, Braintree
Charity No.: n/a
Project: To provide a Defibrillator at St Paul's
Overall cost of project: £2562.20
Grant awarded: £1262.20
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Wrench and Rehman
Date: 28th February 2022
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Braintree District Museum Trust
Charity No.: 1110447/05408088
Project: Exhibition "The Wonderful World of Ladybird Artists"
Overall cost of project: £5000
Grant awarded: £550
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Saif Rehman, Richard van Dulken, Lyn Walters
Date: 17th October 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Braintree Museum Trust
Charity No.: 111047/05408088
Project: Together in Sound
Overall cost of project: £1995
Grant awarded: £722
Joint Grant: No
Date: 11th January 2023
Financial Year: 2022/23

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Carer, Chairman and Trustee of Archer Community Trust and Personal Licence Holder (Licence issued by Braintree District Council as the Licensing Authority under the Licensing Act 2003).

Spouse: N/A

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Contribution to Election expenses made by the Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

Spouse: N/A

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor: Trade waste and pest control contract on behalf of Archer Community Trust.

Spouse: N/A

4. Land/Property

Councillor: 20 St Mary's Road, Braintree, CM7 3JR (occupant)

Spouse: N/A

5. Property Licences

Councillor: 28-32 East Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3JJ as Trustee of the Archer Community Trust.

Spouse: N/A

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor: None

Spouse: N/A

7. Securities

Councillor: None

Spouse: N/A

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment

P.S Archer

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council


Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Chairman and Trustee of the Archer Community Trust, Member of The Conservative Party, Member of the Braintree Constituency Conservative Association, Member of the Conservative Councillors Association, Chairman of the National Autistic Society - Essex Branch and Chairman of Essex All Age Autism Partnership Board.

11. Gifts and Hospitality with as estimated value of at least £50


Updated: 25th August 2020

Member Attendance

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Present as expected00%
Apologies received00% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)0 

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