Andrew Parker was born and raised in Leicestershire and was educated at Malvern College before going to Leicester University and getting a degree in Business Studies.
After leaving University he worked in a number of the family companies in the meat industry, getting an understanding of the business and working from the ground up.
Andrew started on the Smithfield Market and then joined W & J Parker Ltd in Sales, Randall Parker European Foodservices as Export Sales Manager, and TS&W as a trader.
In 1997 he joined the family business W & J Parker Ltd fully, running the small foodservice business it owned. After managing to turn the business around and building a new factory, Andrew became Managing Director of the total business in 2005. At this time W & J Parker Ltd was involved in the processing of meat, investment in commercial and residential property and property development.
W & J Parker Ltd no longer has day to day involvement in the meat industry having diversified in 2012 but still retains large shareholding in two meat businesses: Randall Parker Foods and Randall Parker Food Group. The business is now focussed on investing in businesses, commercial and residential properties and property development.
Andrew lives in Northamptonshire and has been married to Simone for 23 years. They have two children: Emily, 16 and Joseph who is 13 - both of whom are at Rugby School.
Outside of work he enjoys cycling, shooting, boating, badminton and water skiing. Andrew is also an avid rugby fan; a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and has followed the British and Irish Lions on three tours.