Mr Mike Parker
Board of Governors (Chair)
01/10/2018 - 30/09/2021 (first term)
Mike is a Senior Independent Director of PV Crystalox Solar plc and Chairman of the Audit and the Remuneration Committees, and a member of the Nomination Committee. He was also Senior Independent Director of Laird plc and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of both the Audit and Nominsation Committees until June 2018 when Laird was acquired by Advent International.
He is also Non-Executive Director and Strategic Advisor on the Management Board at the Metropolitan Police and a member of the Alliance Manchester Business School Advisory Board, and Non-Executive Director of Sublimity Therapeutics as well as Chairman of the AMBS MBA Advisory Committee.
Mike's previous directorships were with quoted companies inlcuding Invensys plc and SNC-Lavalin in Canada.
Mike is involved with a variety of charities and not-for-profit organisations. He is Chairman of Street League (a national charity that utilises football to engage with inactive 16-25 year olds) and the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). He is also a Trustee and Honorary Secretary of the Energy Institute. Mike was previously Chairman of Liverpool's economic development and regeneration company, Liverpool Vision and remains involved in the International Festival of Business Events in Liverpool.
Mike began his career with Dow in 1968. During his 34 years there, he was based in the US, the UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, USA in 2000 and a member of the company's Board of Directors from 1995 to 2003. He was subsequently appointed Group Chief Executive of British Nuclear Fuels (a manufacturer and transporter of nuclear products) from 2003 until 2009.
Mike was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours 2009 for services to the energy industry and in 2014 awarded the Citizen of Honour for the City of Liverpool.