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Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE
Senior Associate Fellow
General (Retd) Sir Nick Parker left the British Army in May 2013. Since his departure he has reviewed the senior structure of the Police Service, mentored senior executives in the extraction, transport, human resources, elite sport and legal sectors, and is working with McKinsey and academics at Oxford University on an initiative to improve global human development.
He has assisted with a legal study into Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip. He is on the board of The Military Mutual, the chair of Coote Capital and the chair of Salute My Job.
In the charitable sector he is the chair of the Prince of Wales’ Step Up To Serve campaign, was on the board of directors of the Invictus Games 2014 and is the chair of Team Rubicon UK, a new initiative that mobilises veterans in response to international disasters. He is a commissioner for the Citizens’ Commission on Islam.
His last appointment in the army was as commander in chief, land forces. His senior operational military experience includes service in the Balkans, commanding the UK Task Force in Sierra Leone in 2001, deputy commanding general (UK) Multi-National Corps Iraq based in Baghdad in 2005, the last active duty Army commander in Northern Ireland in 2006 and the commander of UK forces in Afghanistan and deputy Commander (to both Generals McChrystal and Petreaus) of ISAF, based in Kabul, in 2010.
Most recently he led the highly effective military reaction to the venue security crisis at the London 2012 Olympics.
He is a graduate of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) and a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies. He has been both the director of the HCSC and the commandant of the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College.