British Army general who served in varying high command capacities throughout his career. Most prominently, he worked as the Commander Land Forces from October 2010 through January 2013.
He graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Green Jackets regiment in 1974.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 2009 as a lieutenant general. He had previously been honored in 2001 as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the brigadier rank.
He was raised by parents Captain Herbert Parker and Diana Barnwell.
He was awarded the NATO ribbon for his service in Afghanistan by the then-allied commander of the allied forces, David Petraeus.