former rear admiral in the royal navy
Performance under pressure
Dealing with uncertainty
Chris Parry is one of the UK’s top strategic thinkers, drawing together trends in geopolitics, economics, technology, demographics, resource distribution and cultural to create forecasts of likely futures.
His analyses about future scenarios have consistently been proven accurate, not least on key global events such as the financial crisis, Arab Spring, refugee crisis and Brexit vote.
Chris spent 36 years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer. He 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 joint appointments with responsibility for operational and developmental issues relating to all three Services.
As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he was mentioned in dispatches for his part in rescuing 16 Special Forces troopers from a glacier in South Georgia and for the detection and disabling of the submarine SANTA FE. As a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for determining the future strategic context for operations and leading the conceptual development of all three armed forces out to 2030.
Chris now runs his own strategic forecasting company, advising global corporations and governments on geopolitical developments, emerging trends, investment opportunities, systemic risk, strategy and organisational development.
Drawing on anecdotes from a career of operating under the highest levels of pressure, Chris is also a humorous and vivid speaker on dealing with complexity and uncertainty, leadership and teamwork.
A regular broadcaster and commentator, Chris' most recent book is Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century (2014). In 2015, he was awarded the Maritime Foundation’s Desmond Wettern Trophy for the best contribution to maritime journalism.
Chris is equally at home delivering strategic briefings to the top leadership of blue chip firms as he is delivering an after dinner speech on leadership and motivation.
In any scenario, he delivers his penetrating insights with wit and humour.