Rachel Parr

senior operations manager, Oxford Summer Courses, Bridgemark Education

As the senior operations manager of Oxford Summer Courses, an Oxford based education company, Rachel manages all of the practical elements involved in delivering short academic, residential courses to over 2000 students across a variety of national and international locations including India, Singapore, North and South America, and across the UK. 

Before this, Rachel served in the British Army for 20 years as a professional logistician, specialising in training, education, and operational planning.  Her operational service includes tours of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Northern Ireland.  She was made an MBE in 2012 for her work in the drawdown of UK operations in Iraq. 

Rachel graduated in 1994 from Cardiff University with a First-class honours in Archaeology, a subject which she hopes to return to, one day.  In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running the dog and dragging her long-suffering family around historical sites.