Henry Hardyman Parker

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Henry Hardyman Parker

Rear Admiral Henry Hardyman Parker 24 May 2013.jpg
Born20 December 1963
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Commands heldController of the Navy & Director, Precision Attack (2012-13)
Director, Carrier Strike (2013-2014)
Director, Ships Acquisition (2014-2016)

Rear-Admiral Henry Hardyman Parker (born 20 December 1963) is a retired senior Royal Navy flag officer who served as Controller of the Navy and Director, Precision Attack from 2012 to 2013, then as Director, Carrier Strike from 2013 to 2014 and finally Director, Ships Acquisition from 2014 to 2016.[1]

Since his retirement he was appointed Head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors in 2017 and remains in that role today.[1]

Naval Career

Parker joined the Royal Navy in 1983 and commissioned into the engineering branch.[1] He was next appointed Weapon Engineer Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible from 2000 to 2001.[1] He then moved to the Ministry of Defence after his previous assignment and was appointed Military Assistant to Chief of the Defence Staff until 2003.[1] Between 2003 and 2005 he was seconded from the navy to defence contractor BAE Systems, Barrow.[1] In 2005 he was next appointed Assistant Naval Attaché, Washington, DC, and remained in that role until 2007.[1]

He was then appointed Chief Engineer, Successor Program at the MOD from 2007 to 2011.[1] In 2012 he was appointed Controller of the Navy and Director, Precision Attack until 2013.[1] In 2013 he was appointed as Director, Carrier Strike at the Ministry of Defence until 2014.[1] His next appointment was Director, Ships Acquisition which he held until his retirement from the service in 2016.[1]

Parker was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[2] Since 2017 post retirement he is currently Head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors.[1]


Parker attended Cheltenham College, Pembroke College, whilst in the navy studies with the University of Cambridge gaining a (BA Engrg. 1986); Open University. (PhD Evolutionary Ecol. 1995).[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 "Parker, Rear Adm. Henry Hardyman, (born 20 Dec. 1963), Director (Ships Acquisition), since 2014; (retired RN 2016); Head, Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, since 2017". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). London and Oxford, England.: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u256089. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. London Gazette, issue 61608, p. B2, 1 June 2016.