Barclays names ex-Pfizer man as deputy events head

Richard Parker joins the banking giant on a permanent basis

Parker: Barclays' new deputy head of events
Parker: Barclays' new deputy head of events

Former Pfizer events chief Richard Parker has been named as Barclays deputy head of events.

The move follows the completion of Parker's gardening leave subsequent to Pfizer disbanding its in-house events teams in July and then a short-term contract with Barclays in October.

Parker said he had explored a number of options, including creating an independent consultancy service, before entering discussions with the banking giant.

"The network of industry contacts I built up was invaluable and one such discussion was with Sarah Wright, head of events at Barclays. I was immediately impressed by the energy and enthusiasm she had both for the industry and the team she manages," Parker said.

"I found that inspiring and jumped at the chance to join her on a short-term contract in October. Being invited to join Barclays permanently in November was a welcome surprise and an easy decision to accept."

Parker joins an events team of more than 30, handling around 300 projects annually.

He continued: "My role as deputy head is to lead the team alongside Sarah to ensure events for Barclays offer the highest return on investment, differentiate us from the competition and that we offer the very best career opportunities in the industry."

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