CEA Patrons

David Bell (Honorary President)

David joined JCB in 1974 as a graduate trainee, following an Engineering apprenticeship at Rolls Royce in Derby.

During his 43-year career at JCB David has held a variety of senior roles, including managing director of JCB Sales/Service, JCB Agriculture, JCB’s Backhoe Loader and Telescopic Handler Business Units and Group HR Director. He is also a seasoned traveler and lived and worked in North America for three years.

Another string to David’s bow is the JCB Academy, where he has been involved since its conception and currently holds the position as chairman of governors.

In 2010, David became JCB’s chief corporate development officer focussing on growth in Brazil, China and latterly in Jaipur India.

He was Regional Chairman for the CBI in the East Midlands, and has recently stepped down as a National Apprentice Ambassador.

Susan Scurlock MBE – CEO, Primary Engineer

In 2005 Susan established Primary Engineer with the simple aim of increasing the number of engineers entering the profession. Over the years additional programmes have been designed to increase engagement – Secondary Engineer looks at the transitional phase between primary and secondary schools, The Leaders Award for STEM enables pupils to interview engineers and STEM professionals about their work, career path and motivation.

Malcolm Harbour CBE

Malcolm Harbour served 15 years as a Conservative MEP. He was a key player in shaping policies and legislation for the single market and manufacturing industry.

He is lay Council Member on the University Research and Knowledge Transfer Committees. He acts as a Senior Adviser on the Single Market to the European Policy Centre, and a Senior Adviser to the policy consultants Cabinet DN. Before his election to the Parliament in 1999, Malcolm spent 32 years in the motor industry, as an engineer, a senior commercial executive, a consultant and a researcher. After gaining a Cambridge degree, he began his career in 1967 as a Student Engineer at BMC Longbridge.