By Powerscourt on 10/04/2019
Following the launch of his biography, The View From The Bridge, Powerscourt held a breakfast seminar with Sir John Parker on Wednesday 10 April to discuss Sir John’s views on everything from the current landscape of the UK’s industrial sector and the future of UK manufacturing through to Brexit, M&A trends and Boardroom management.
Sir John was interviewed by Alan Tovey, the Daily Telegraph’s Industrial Editor, and drew on his experience as one of Britain’s most senior industrialists having chaired five FTSE 100 companies and held Board positions for many years in leading national and global businesses including Anglo American, Airbus, GKN, Brambles, National Grid, British Gas and DP World.
Attendees were drawn from the fields of banking, broking, industry and the media with over 30 representatives including individuals from Rothschild, JPMorgan, Investec, Peel Hunt and Canaccord, senior leaders from British American Tobacco, BP and Airbus, plus media commentators from Bloomberg, Dow Jones and The Daily Mail.
Sir John spoke at length around a variety of subjects including his views on the state of the UK shipbuilding industry, his time as a Non-Executive Director at the Bank of England during the global financial crisis and how best to deal with politicians (“make extensive notes and never attend a meeting on your own”).
Sir John Parker is currently Chairman of Pennon Group plc, Chairman of Laing O’Rourke and a Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation. He stepped down as Chairman of Anglo American (his 5th FTSE 100 Chairmanship) in October 2017 and, over the course of his career, has served as CEO, Chairman or Non-Executive Director in over 20 major UK and overseas Companies. These have included Airbus, Babcock International Group, BG Group, GKN, Fred Olsen, Brambles, RMC Group, P&O Group and Mondi. 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.