- Company: Anglo American PLC
- Year of birth: 1942
- Last known country of residence: United Kingdom
Main achievements in the field: Knighted in 2001 by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the defence and shipbuilding industries; Given the Lifetime Achievement award by the Sunday Times in 2015; Appointed as Chairman of Anglo American PLC; Appointed as Chairman of the National Grid; Appointed as Vice-chairman of DP World in Dubai; Selected as Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council for Britain; Chosen as Chancellor of the University of Southampton; Appointed as Non-executive Director of Carnival Corporation; Appointed as Non-executive Director of EADS Airbus; Awarded fellowship of Royal Academy of Engineering; Given presidency of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and honorary freeman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers; Made Governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, President of the Royal Navy and Marines Charity and member of the General Committee of Lloyds Register of Shipping; Appointed as leader of the Young Offenders into Work initiative.
Previous places of work/roles held: Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England (2008); Joint Chairman of Mondi PLC (2008); Chairman of the BVT joint venture (2008); Managing Director of Austin & Pickersgill Shipbuilders (1974); Board Member and Deputy Chief Executive of the British Shipbuilders Corporation (1978); Chief Executive to Harland and Wolff(1983 – 1993); Chief Executive of Babcock International PLC (1993); Chairman and Chief Executive of Babcock International PLC (1994 – 2000); Non-executive Director of British Gas (1997); Chairman of the Lattice Group (2000); Non-executive Director of the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland (1986 – 1993); Chairman of Firth Rixson, Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman of P&O Princess Cruises (1986 – 1993); Chairman of RMC Group (2002 – 2005); Chairman of P&O (2005 – 2006)
Sir Thomas John Parker is a British businessman who is the Chairman of Anglo American PLC and Ombu Group. Sir John holds several other directorships, presidencies and fellowships – and is a patron at the Centre for Process Innovation.
Born in Northern Ireland in County Down on 8 April 1942, Sir John attended the Belfast College of Technology, now known as the Belfast Metropolitan College. Aged 17 in 1958 he started an apprenticeship as a naval architectural engineer with Harland and Wolff. Sir John achieved a DSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture with honours.
Sir John is known as a highly experienced veteran chairman and brings a wealth of experience in a vast range of sectors and countries to the table of every company he is involved with. He has chaired the National Grid PLC and four other FTSE 100 companies during his career. His tremendous corporate achievements have led to Sir John receiving the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Sir John took on the role of Chairman of Anglo American PLC in August 2009.
Sir John was married in 1967 and the Parkers have two children, a son and a daughter.