Chairman, Laing O’Rourke
Sir John Parker GBE studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering at the Belfast College of Technology and Queens University Belfast. He is currently Chairman of Anglo American (his 5th FTSE 100 Chairmanship) and is the former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is Deputy Chairman of DP World (World’s 3rd largest Container Port Operator) and Non Executive Director with EADS (Airbus) Group and Carnival Corporation (the world’s number 1 Cruise Ship Group).
He stepped down after 9 years as Chairman National Grid at the end of 2011 and from Chairing the Court of the Bank of England in 2009. He has served as CEO, Chairman or Non Executive Director in over 20 major UK and overseas Companies. (These have included Harland and Wolff – Belfast, Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland; British Shipbuilders Corporation; Babcock International Group; British Coal Corporation; BG Group; Lattice Group; Firth Rixon; GKN; Fred Olsen (Norway); Brambles (Australia); P&O Princess Cruises; RMC Group; P&O Group.
His extensive voluntary and charitable work has included Leading Young Offenders into Work; the RNLI Council, the White Ensign Association, President Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Chancellor of University of Southampton, Member of Prime Minister’s Business Council an Elder Brother of Trinity House and a Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford.
He was Knighted in the New Year’s Honours List in 2001 for services to Shipbuilding and the Defence Industries and was appointed GBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 for services to Industry and the Voluntary Sector.
He has received Honorary Doctorates from a number of Universities in the UK & Ireland. (Queen’s University, Belfast, Trinity College, Dublin, and Universities of Ulster, Abertay (Dundee), Surrey, Southampton, Aston University and Imperial College).
His wide range of interests includes: Reading, Music, his 4 grandchildren and Sailing. He is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and other Yacht Clubs.
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