Chair to the Board of Governors Liverpool John Moores University Senior Independent Director, Crystalox Solar, Laird
Mike Parker is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Liverpool John Moores University and Senior Independent Director of PV Crystalox Solar plc and Chairman of the Audit and the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Nomination Committee. Mike was also Senior Independent Director of Laird plc and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of both the Audit and Nomination Committees until June 2018 when Laird was acquired by Advent International. He is also Non-Executive Director of private equity backed Sublimity Therapeutics.
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, as well as Chairman of the AMBS MBA Advisory Committee. Mike’s previous directorships were with quoted companies including 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 previously was 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.