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Picture of Sir John ParkerSIR JOHN PARKER GBE FREng
President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2011- Present

Sir John Parker has chaired five FTSE100 companies, including National Grid, from which he stepped down in December 2011. He is currently Chairman of the mining conglomerate Anglo American. He is Vice Chairman of DP World (Dubai) and a Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation and EADS (AIRBUS).

He was elected to the Academy as one of its youngest fellows in 1983 and became President in 2011. He chaired the making things better Campaign Board, raising nearly 15 million to enable the Academy to expand its activities and create a Forum for Engineering at its premises at Carlton House Terrace.

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Hats off to East Lancashire's engineers of the future
Burnley students visited the House of Lords to showcase their work on regenerating a schoolhouse to industry and education leaders including Sir John Parker. 21 March 2013

Invest in big projects now or the chance will be gone, industry chief tells coalition
Sir John Parker has warned the Government that it could miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in big construction projects and has called for the resurrection of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. The Times, 9 February 2013

Future of technology lies with youngsters
Barrow students were delighted to showcase their work to Sir John Parker - an influential leader of the engineering industry - and be declared as “the future engineers of the UK. North-West Evening Mail, 30 November 2012

Steven McCabe: Without a march of the makers' it could be the end ...
The continuing concern that the UK's austerity measures may be too severe have been given potency by Sir John Parker, who is president of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Birmingham Post, 22 November 2012

Protect industrial base from spending cuts, says Sir John Parker
Amid warnings that the chancellor, George Osborne, may have to prolong austerity measures until 2018, Sir John Parker said investments in infrastructure and innovation should be protected. The Guardian, 18 November 2012

A people man and a pragmatist
Sir John Parker profile interview: the business veteran balances soft skills with a willingness to take hard decisions. Financial Times, 18 November 2012

We need to start picking industrial winners again
Sir John Parker talks about the need to recruit professional engineers identifying the “traction engines” in industry is vital, the large manufacturing companies and sectors, that can drag smaller companies and supply chains with them The Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2012

How to engineer Britain's industrial revival
Sir John Parker argues that the UK should not focus on individual firms but follow France and Germany and back successful sectors. The Guardian 4 June 2012

Industry chiefs demand 'vision' for UK economy in 2030
As politicians debated bonuses in the Commons and the Prime Minister attempted to reassure business leaders that the Coalition was not "anti-business", Sir John Parker led calls from engineers to refocus Whitehall on the UK's industrial future. The Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2012

Captain of industry
Sir John Parker made his name in shipbuilding before taking the helm at National Grid. Now he’s returning to his engineering roots by leading the profession’s royal academy Professional Engineering, 9 December 2011

Unflappable engineer with boards in the palm of his hand
Sir John Parker is stepping down as chairman of National Grid but is giving nothing away about plans for the future. Form an orderly queue The Sunday Times, 4 December 2011

Engineering Success - Sir John Parker FREng
Sir John Parker has chaired a diverse group of organisations over the last 20 years. Now, he is embarking on a new role as President of The Royal Academy of Engineering. He talks here about how his engineering background has helped shape his business experience. Ingenia, September 2011

Call for more engineers to help boost economy
Britain needs to produce 10,000 more university-qualified engineers a year – 50 per cent more than now – if the government is to achieve its aim of a “rebalanced” economy, according to one of the country’s most senior business executives. Financial Times, 17 July 2011

Sir John Parker: 'A man you want on your side, and not one to cross'
Face to Face: The Superman of British boardrooms and favourite of headhunters says warnings of an imminent winter fuel crisis are just a scare The Independent, 17 January 2010


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