Executive Board Members and Profiles

Nick-Ground
Nick Ground – Managing Director, GKD Technologies Ltd

Nick is owner of GKD Technologies Ltd – and has been an active member of the CEA since 1986. GKD is one of our smaller SMEs in the association and Nick champions the small company perspective at the CEA. Being a keen exporter, Nick has been to many of the CEA supported exhibitions and is a supporter of the CEA’s International Business Group. He is an electronics engineer and loves technology. He’s a tennis player and dinghy sailor and knows nothing about football.

Paul Ross – Consultant Director, Ricardo plc

Paul has an extensive background across various industrial, commercial and technology sectors on an international basis. Having qualified in engineering, most of his professional career has been spent in executive management level positions operating on a global basis and being closely aligned to business, product and distribution development, marketing, commercial and general management. He has many years of international experience across a wide range of disciplines and has operated in a number of main board and senior roles in both private and multi-national companies. Paul is a past President and current Director of the CEA and has been actively involved in CEA activities over the past three decades.

Charles Stevenson – General Manager, JCB

A graduate in International Politics and Intelligence, Charles joined JCB in 2006 and was posted to Brazil as Product Manager. In 2010 he became Regional Sales Manager and was involved in the establishment of a £100M factory near São Paulo, to supply Latin America.
In 2013 Charles returned to the UK to take up the role of Regional Manager for Southern Europe, Israel and Turkey, moving to JCB`s London office as General Manager in 2016 where he is responsible for interacting with global infrastructure, Tier 1`s and government and external affairs.

Mark Ormond – Manitou

Mark has been at the helm of Manitou UK for the past 18 months. His remit covers both the Manitou and Gehl brands with full responsibility for operations in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Manitou reported record sales in the region in 2018 with significant further growth during the first half of 2019.

Prior to joining Manitou, Mark’s career was primarily in the Agricultural sector having been the MD at three leading equipment manufacturers over a 15-year period, Grimme, Lemken and SAME Detz-Fahr respectively. Mark is an active member of the Agricultural Engineers Association, has been a Board Member of it since 2013 and its President from 2017 to 2018.