Mike Parker OBE – Director and Chair

Mike has worked most of his life in public transport and the public sector, with over 25 years at a senior level.  His career began with London Transport, starting as a bus conductor before taking on several roles in operations and communications. He was responsible for the launch of the Travelcard and the Greater London Council’s “Fares Fair” campaign. He also spent 12 years as Chief Executive of Nexus, the UK’s largest Passenger Transport Executive, overseeing the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Sunderland and South Hylton.

As well as this, Mike has served on the Board of Northumberland Tourism; the Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative; and the London Convention Bureau, as well as founding the ‘Don’t Choke Britain’ environmental campaign, and acting as trustee for North East-based charities Changing Lives and the International Centre for Life. For many decades, Mike was also Honorary Secretary of the Webb Memorial Trust.

Previously active in local government and community relations, Mike has lived in West Oxfordshire for the last seven years, remaining active in his village community and acting as a humanist funeral celebrant. He was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to Public Transport and voluntary services in the North East of England.