John Parkinson

Professor John Parkinson OBE, MSt (Cantab), Mgr, CCMI, CIMS, FRSA, MSyl



Professor John Parkinson is a former UK Chief of Police with experience of leading counter terrorism operations including the 7/7 London Bombings enquiry in Leeds. He was Head of the NE Counter Terrorism Unit and acted as UK Senior National Coordinator Counter Terrorism. He is now a strategic CT and security advisor and had led development programmes worldwide.

He was awarded the OBE for his services to Policing and Counter Terrorism in 2011 and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge where he is a Visiting Scholar. He is a Chartered Manager, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Companion of the Institute of Management Specialists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Security Institute. He is a past President of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association (LinCT-AA), and now the Executive Managing Director.

He has contributed to and edited a number of publications on terrorism and violent extremism. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and the Chair of their Secure Societies Institute. He chairs the CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence for research into Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime) Advisory Board at Hallam.


Subject area:

  • International Security and Counter Terrorism


  • Global Security

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