Andrew was born in Leicester into a family that had businesses in the meat industry dating back to 1893. He was educated at Malvern College and latterly Leicester University, before joining the family business and becoming the 4th generation of the family to work for W & J Parker Ltd.
He worked in all areas of the business to get a full understanding from top to bottom including retailing, food service, export, purchasing and sales. As well as being involved in the meat industry, the family business has grown over the years to include commercial property, residential property and farming. Andrew took over day to day running of the business in 2010.
This is Andrew’s second time being Master having previously been elected in 2020-2021. The Livery was kind enough to allow Andrew to have a second opportunity without the previous constraints of Covid. He joined the Livery in 1997, following his father, the late William Parker, who was also Master in 2003.
He has supported the Livery and its charities over the years, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with other Liverymen from the Butchers’ Company to raise funds for Cure Parkinsons in 2020.
Andrew currently resides in Northamptonshire and has been happily married to Simone for 25 years. They have 2 children, Emily who has recently completed “A” levels and Joe who is working towards his GCSEs at Rugby school.
In his spare time Andrew enjoys water-skiing, cycling, shooting, badminton and has recently taken up golf. He is an avid spectator of sport, having been a season ticket holder at Leicester Football Club (The Tigers) for the last 30 years and has followed the British & Irish Lions on 3 rugby tours to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.