Tim Parker


Tim has enjoyed a long business career managing large businesses. After a spell in the Treasury as an economist, he studied a Master’s at the London Business School, and soon after was appointed as general manager of a subsidiary of Thorn EMI based in Chicago.

In 1989 he led the management buy-out of Kenwood, the kitchen appliances company. Subsequently Tim has been CEO of Clarks, the shoe company, Kwik-Fit, the AA, and until recently, Samsonite, where he remains Chairman.

Tim has been Chairman of Channel Nine TV in Australia and the Autobar Group, Europe’s largest vending company. He has also served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Legal & General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group, as well as a Board Member of the Audit Commission and the South West Regional Development Agency.

Tim has been Chairman of the Post Office since October 2015. He is also a director and owner of the British Pathé film archive.

Tim became Chairman of HM Courts & Tribunals Service on 27 April 2018.

Previous roles in government

  • Independent Chair of Board