Andrea Palk MBE

Member of the Welfare Committee

Andrea was educated at Saint Mary’s Covent and then King’s School, Worcester before going on to study Geography and Biology at Exeter University.  Whilst studying she was a keen rower and also an enthusiastic member of the Exeter University Officer Training Corps.  She joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Training and Personnel officer and served for a total of 16 years.  Later tours included senior personnel officer at a large RAF Station responsible for the training of all new recruits joining the RAF; Infrastructure project lead for the closure of a Station; training development and delivery for RAF officers at post graduate level; and senior personnel and welfare officer in Afghanistan supporting British Forces.  She was made a Member of the British Empire in 2003 for her work helping to organise the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

After leaving Regular RAF Service, Andrea developed a portfolio of adjudication jobs and moved to the Stroud area.  She sits as an independent panel member to assess applications to purchase properties affected by the construction of the High Speed 2 train line and the Heathrow expansion project.  She is also the military specialist on appeal tribunal hearings for the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for Service personnel injured through military Service.  Andrea re-joined the RAF as a Reserve officer and is currently in a role adjudicating on financial claims from employers and RAF Reserve personnel.

She is married with two children: one at University studying Biotechnology and one at Wycliffe.  In her spare time she is a keen triathlete and gardener.

Andrea Palk MBE

Andrea Palk MBE

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