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
Richard (OW 1977-1989) spent his childhood in Gloucestershire and started his Wycliffe education in Lower Prep.
Simon is a solicitor specialising in employment law and is serving as HR Director at a local company.
Caroline graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Geography with Economics.
Lynn is a retired Prep School Headteacher. She graduated from the University of London with a degree in Biological Sciences and a PGCE in Science Education.
Will was educated at Charterhouse, studied Agricultural Sciences at Newcastle University and served in the British Army.
Lucy was educated at Charlton Park, Cheltenham and went to Wycliffe for 6th form.
Alison (OW, 1994-2011) attended Wycliffe from Nursery through to Sixth Form and went on to study English Literature and Drama at University in Cardiff.
Susie was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, going on to study engineering at Cambridge University specialising in manufacturing engineering for her Masters degree.
Simon, an OW, studied Estate Management at Reading University following which he joined a surveying practice in Birmingham.
Greg (OW, 2006-2011) attended Wycliffe and went on to study Law with Hispanic Law at University College London, spending his third year at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Educated at Birkenhead School and Oxford University (LMH), Graeme has been involved in teaching since 1990.
John is a campaigner, storyteller, teacher, youth worker, independent diplomat, writer and broadcaster who has spent his career working with and for young people in the UK and around the world.
James has enjoyed a career as a Chartered Building Surveyor working on the design, repair and maintenance of many different types of property with a particular emphasis on School facilities and Historic Buildings.