Andrea Pellegram has been living and working in England since 1987.  Originally from Seattle Washington in America’s Pacific Northwest, Andrea studied in Heidelberg Germany and earned two Masters degrees from Columbia University in New York in planning and anthropology. She completed her PhD in social anthropology at University College London.

She started her career in regional planning, working for SERPLAN and the London Planning Advisory Committee, before taking the role of Port Planner at the Port of London Authority where she wrote the PLA’s first port development strategy.  Much of the original strategy survives today in the London Plan.  Andrea moved on to Surrey County Council where she headed up the minerals and waste planning team and oversaw three major and controversial planning applications for energy from waste plants. She moved to Cirencester to take the role of Director of Development Services at Cotswold District Council in 2005. Most recently, she was Technical Services Manager at Hills Waste Solutions, responsible for planning, health, safety, environment, quality and business improvement.  She has also acted as a Planning Inspector, conference organiser, and has done significant work in local communities undertaking consultation, responding to the planing system and preparing technical planning statements on their behalf.

Andrea is active in her community and volunteers for various groups and institutions in Cirencester. She is married with two children.

Professional Membership

  • Chartered Waste Manager (2012)
  • Chartered Town Planner (1991)


  • IOSH Managing Safely (2013)
  • Foundation diploma in neuro linguistic programming (2013)
  • Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment Training (2012)
  • CIWM Practical Waste Management (2011)
  • Basic Website Design (2010)


  • PhD in Anthropology, University College London
  • MSc in Urban Planning, Columbia University
  • MA in Anthropology, Columbia University
  • BA in Anthropology, University of Washington

Recent working groups and voluntary positions

  •  Abbey 900 community group to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Cirencester’s Abbey
  • Defra Definition of Waste Working Group (HWRC sub-group)
  • Friends of the Cirencester Amphitheatre group (AQIVA) management team
  • Routes to Employment Group of the Wiltshire and Swindon LEP
  • Wiltshire and Swindon LEP
  • Chesterton Primary School (Chair and Governor)