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John Parker (businessman)

Name  John Parker

Role  Businessman
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Education  Queen's University Belfast

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Sir Thomas John Parker, GBE, FREng (born 8 April 1942) is a British businessman. He is currently Chairman of Anglo American PLC (until 31 October 2017) and Ombu Group, and a Director of Airbus and Carnival Corporation & plc. He is also past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, patron at the Centre for Process Innovation and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. Sir John has chaired five FTSE 100 companies, including National Grid plc, from which he stood down in December 2011. He was born into a farming family in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Early life

He attended Belfast College of Technology (since 1991 called Belfast Metropolitan College). In 1958, at age 17, he joined Harland and Wolff as an apprentice naval architect (engineer). At Queen's University Belfast he was awarded a DSc (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture.


  • 1958-1963 Apprenticeship at Harland & Wolff
  • 1963-1974 Member of ship design team at Harland & Wolff
  • 1974-1978 Managing Director of Austin & Pickersgill
  • 1978-1983 Deputy Chief Executive of Board of the British Shipbuilders Corporation
  • 1983–1993 Chairman and Chief Executive of Harland and Wolff
  • 1983-1986 Non-Executive Director of Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland
  • 1983-1986 Non-Executive Director of British Coal Corporation
  • 1993–2000 Chief Executive of Babcock International Group
  • 1994–2000 Chairman and Chief Executive of Babcock International
  • 1997-2000 Non-Executive Director of British Gas
  • 26 August 1999-3 February 2003 Chairman of Firth Rixson Limited
  • 2000-2003 Non-executive Director and subsequently Deputy Chairman of P&O Princess Cruises plc
  • 2000–2002 Chairman of Lattice Group
  • 2000–present Director of Carnival plc
  • 2001-2003 Non-Executive Director of Brambles Industries plc
  • 2002-2005 Chairman of RMC Group
  • 21 October 2002–31 December 2011 Chairman of National Grid plc
  • 2003–present Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation
  • 2005-2006 Chairman of P&O
  • 2006-2011 Chancellor of the University of Southampton
  • May 2007–2015 Director and Vice-Chairman of DP World
  • 2007–present Non-Executive Director of Airbus Group
  • July 2008 Non-executive Chairman of BVT Surface Fleet.
  • July 2009–present Chairman of Anglo American plc.
  • April 2011–present Non-executive Chairman of Ombu Group
  • 2011-2014 President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • 2011-2014 Member of the Prime Ministers Committee of Science & Technology
  • August 2015–present Chairman of Pennon Group.
  • Recognition

    He was knighted for services to defence and shipbuilding in 2001. He was also the Chancellor of the University of Southampton, from 2006 to 2011, as well as being a governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Other appointments have included membership of the Prime Minister's Business Council for Britain and non-executive director at the Bank of England. He was President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects from 1996–9. In 2012, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE), for services to Industry and to the Voluntary Sector. He was conferred with Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland in 2012.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1983. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2014.

    Personal life

    Married Emma, a former Latin teacher and pianist in 1967; two children: Graham, an artist and writer, and Fiona, an environmental scientist; two grandchildren. Emma graduated in Latin and Psychology at Queens University Belfast. She has a love of literature and is a keen pianist, chorister and gardener. In addition, she keeps a watchful eye on three grandsons (aged 13, 11 and five) who live nearby in Devon and a fourth grandson (three) who lives in Pennsylvania (USA). Sir John’s recreational pursuits include reading, music and sailing (Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron).


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