Rear Admiral Chris Parry

Subject History
Fellow type Visiting Academics
Year started 2018


After reading Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, Chris Parry served as an aviator and warfare officer in the Royal Navy until 2008. As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he rescued 16 SAS troopers from a glacier in South Georgia and disabled the Argentinian submarine SANTA FE. He subsequently commanded the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER, the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS, the UK's Amphibious Task Group and the Maritime Warfare Centre. He also had five senior Joint and UK Ministry of Defence appointments, with responsibility for the policy, effectiveness and future operational development of all three armed forces. Since 2008, he has been heading his own strategic forecasting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about geo-political and strategic issues, future trends and systemic risk. He is an active author and academic lecturer on strategic and historical themes and completed a PhD in 2017.