John Parker (businessman)
Sir Thomas John Parker, GBE Kt. FREng (born 8 April 1942) is a British businessman. He is currently Chairman of Anglo American PLC and Ombu Group, Deputy Chairman of DP World, and a Director of EADS and Carnival Corporation & plc. He is also Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 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 in County Down, Northern Ireland.
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.
- 1983–1993 chief executive of Harland and Wolff
- 1994–2000 Chairman of Babcock International Group
- 2000–2002 Chairman of Lattice Group
- 2000–present Director of Carnival plc
- 2002–2011 Chairman of National Grid plc.
- 2003–present Director of Carnival Corporation
- May 2007–present Director and Vice-Chairman of DP World
- 2007–present Director of EADS
- 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
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.
He married in 1967 and has a son and daughter.
- THE LONDON GAZETTE SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER 2000 SUPPLEMENT No. 1
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- THE LONDON GAZETTE SATURDAY 16 JUNE 2012 SUPPLEMENT No. 1
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- University of Oxford Visiting Fellow Profile
- Defence Academy
- Sir John Parker: how to engineer Briatin's industrial revival, The Guardian, 4 June 2012
- Sir John Parker: tough man from the farm, FT.com, 21 April 2011
- Interview: Super chairman Sir John Parker, This is Money, March 2011
- Sir John Parker: 'A man you want on your side, and not one to cross', The Independent, 10 January 2010
- Sir John Parker holds the key to tackling Anglo American's weakness, The Guardian, 15 October 2009
- Profile: Sir John Parker, National Grid chairman, The Telegraph, 18 February 2008