It’s been announced that the chief executive of EEF, Terry Scuoler, has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours.
A former army officer, Terry Scuoler – now in his eighth year as head of Britain’s leading manufacturing trade organisation – commented that it was an “enormous privilege” to represent manufacturing in the UK.
The sector remains “core to the country’s economic success,” he added.
Alongside EEF, Scuoler also represents the UK’s interests in Europe as chairman of the European manufacturers’ group, CEEMET and was a strong supporter of the ‘Better Together’ campaign in the 2014 Scottish Referendum.
The softly-spoken but direct Scotsman has led EEF through a major change programme, building the group’s representation work in the UK and Europe and, significantly strengthening the business services it provides to manufacturers and other businesses.
As chief executive, he also led the sector’s response to recovering from the economic challenges following the crash of 2007/8 and, more recently, he represented manufacturing interests in the lead up to the EU referendum and subsequent Brexit debate.
Scuoler was managing director of aviation electronics business Ferranti Technologies, where he also served on the EEF regional board in the North West, before being appointed chief executive of EEF in 2010.
In March 2017, EEF announced that Scuoler would be stepping down at the end of year.
Terry & The Manufacturer
For more than five years, Scuoler has been writing a monthly column for The Manufacturer, covering topics as diverse as access to finance, sustainability, R&D tax credits, infrastructure and industrial strategy.
In an interview with The Manufacturer in 2010, he was described as being “made of the right stuff to lead the UK’s main manufacturers’ organisation. In that interview, Scuoler stated that he regards manufacturing as “the great organ for growth” and highlighted the three key beliefs which have steered his tenure in the years since: lobbying government for a simpler tax system, widening EEF membership to pro-manufacturing service companies, and a focus on support for investment.