LONDON Rod Taylor, founder and chairman of the Seaward Group of Companies has received a MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Taylor (right) >recently became president of GAMBICA, the trade association for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sectors. He was previously chair of the Aspire Campaign, a programme that aims improve career prospects for young people in the North East through encouraging greater number of employers to work with them in building their futures.
Taylor is a previous CBI Regional Chairman and has chaired a number of organisations involved in technology and innovation. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated at the University of Nottingham and is a Fellow of the IET.
Seaward was established in 1982 and provides test solutions to enable companies and organisations to comply with the demands of meeting all types of electrical safety legislation including portable appliance testing, installation, medical, machinery and production line testing.
The group is relocating its Clare Instruments division from Worthing in West Sussex to its larger manufacturing and head office site on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee. Full production will start on-site at Peterlee at the beginning of January 2008. Other brands owned by the group include Cropico and Rigel Medical.