Richard Parkes


Richard Parkes is the Director of Her Majesty’s Coastguard. He is the Senior Responsible Owner for the UK SAR Helicopter programme.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard coordinate maritime search and rescue within the UK SAR region, which covers some 1.25 million square nautical miles of sea and over 10.5 thousand nautical miles of coastline. HM Coastguard has a variety of resources it can use in response to an emergency situation – whether that is people in distress at sea, or emergencies on the coast or shoreline. HM Coastguard also has its own volunteer service – the Coastguard Rescue Service, comprising some 3,500 volunteers who form teams that are trained and equipped by HM Coastguard to respond to land-based emergencies such as cliff and mud rescues or searches for missing people.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Her Majesty's Coastguard