Rich Palk

Director of the Strategic Engagement Team

Having joined Context in 2015, Rich is the Director of the Strategic Engagement Team, focusing on the Aerospace, Defence, Security and CNI sectors. In his leadership role, Rich helps clients find solutions to their most complex and demanding technical challenges.

About me…

I enjoyed over 22 years in the Royal Air Force as a Communications-Electronics Engineer, and notable roles included heading the Minsitry Of Defence’s 24/7 Cyber Defence capabilities at ISS Corsham and setting up the inaugural Joint Cyber Unit at GCHQ. I then moved into the commercial sector and worked for a global defence company in their UK Cyber division, where I was responsible for client relationships.

I am a technology focused executive and have been involved in information security before Cyber became the vogue term. I thoroughly enjoy understanding and working in partnership with our clients to provide trusted solutions to their most technically difficult challenges. The fast pace of the sector and the depth of technical expertise in Context ensures this is more than just a job and I relish the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to our Client’s business and mission needs.

A Chartered Engineer (IET), I hold a MSc in Computer and Information Networks, a MA in Defence Studies and a BENG(Hons) in Communication Engineering. I am also CISSP certified. I am married with two children and enjoy many sporting activities, most notably cycling.

Director of the Strategic Engagement Team


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