Rear Admiral Matthew John Parr, CB (born 20 August 1962) is a retired Royal Navy officer who has served as Commander Operations and Rear Admiral, Submarines and is currently an Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

Matthew Parr
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Rear Admiral Matthew Parr
Born (1962-08-20) 20 August 1962 (age 59)
Coventry, England, UK
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1984–2016
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldCommander Operations
British Forces Gibraltar
6th Frigate Squadron
HMS Montrose
HMS Trafalgar
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

Early life and educationEdit

Parr was born on 20 August 1962 in Coventry, England.[1] He studied geography at Hatfield College, Durham, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1983.[1][2]

Naval careerEdit

Parr joined the Royal Navy in 1984.[3] He completed the Submarine Command Course in 1993 and then became Executive Officer of the submarine HMS Triumph.[3] He became an Operations Officer at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood in 1995 and was then given command of the submarine HMS Trafalgar in 1997.[3]

Parr became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Montrose as well as Captain of the 6th Frigate Squadron in 2001, Deputy Flag Officer Sea Training at Plymouth in 2003 and then returned to Northwood to join the Fleet Operations in 2005.[3]

He went on to be Commander, British Forces Gibraltar in May 2007,[4] Director of Operational Capability at the Ministry of Defence in March 2009,[5] and Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff in December 2010.[5]

He became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in December 2011, which was re-designated Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy) in April 2012,[4] and Commander Operations and Rear Admiral, Submarines in May 2013.[6] Parr retired in April 2016.[7]

Parr was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2014 New Year Honours.[8][9]

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of ConstabularyEdit

On leaving the navy, Parr was appointed to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).[10] He has additionally been an HM Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services since 2017.[1] In June 2022, after the Metropolitan Police was placed in special measures by HMIC, Parr wrote to Commissioner Stephen House to outline "substantial and persistent concerns" regarding the force's performance, including its "inexperienced" workforce, its backlog of online child abuse cases, the stop and search of the athlete Bianca Williams, the strip-searching of children, the murder of Sarah Everard, and the force's approach to internal corruption.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Parr, Rear Adm. Matthew John". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U269854.
  2. ^ "Class Notes". Durham University. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Gibraltar's New CBF – CDRE M J Parr Archived 13 February 2013 at Vox, 29 April 2007
  4. ^ a b Senior Royal Navy appointments Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Trainee Submariners pay respects to Nelson
  7. ^ "No. 61577". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 May 2016. p. 10708.
  8. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 2.
  9. ^ New Year Honours 2014 Military Division
  10. ^ "Matt Parr". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Met Police: Inspectorate has 'substantial and persistent' concerns". BBC. 29 June 2022. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
Military offices
Preceded by Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
Post renamed
New title Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander Operations
Succeeded by