Sir John Parker

Alongside a wealth of leadership and boardroom experience, from shipbuilding and mining, to utilities, aerospace, central banking and engineering, Sir John chairs the Parker Review Committee, which was commissioned in 2016 to consult on the ethnic diversity of UK boards. A series of recommendations were made in the review’s first report, and a target was set for all FTSE 100 boards to have at least one director from an ethnic minority background by 2021. This target has provided an imperative for businesses to improve their approach to D&I at the highest level, and an update at the beginning of this year shows an increase in the number of ethnic minority directors. Although Sir John notes that progress has been made, he is still driving a push for greater ethnic minority representation on boards, hoping to bring this strand of diversity in line with the progress made in recent years in increasing the representation of women on FTSE 100 boards.