Former Construction Equipment Association chief receives MBE

By Catrin Jones03 January 2023

Rob Oliver, former Chief Executive of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA)

Rob Oliver, who retired as the Chief Executive of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) last year, has been awarded an MBE in the King’s first New Year’s honours list.

The Award of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) was made in recognition of Oliver’s services to the construction equipment manufacturing sector. He still remains active in the industry as an Executive Director of Construction Equipment Events Ltd (CEE).

In his time with the CEA, Oliver helped develop and deliver the CESAR Scheme plant marking and registration scheme – and its extension to cover on-site Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV). He also put together the organisation for the first Plantworx and developed the concept of a construction equipment technology event which became the first Futureworx showcase and conference in March 2022.

In response to news of his award, Rob Oliver said, “What a nice surprise to kick off 2023. It has been a privilege to work with both paid officials and volunteers for the CEA on the various projects we undertook over the years – and great credit should go to them.

“In my career, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with senior people in a number of industries which has given me a ringside seat to the workings of British and international business. However, I am still looking forward, to offering a great showcase for construction equipment innovation and technology at Plantworx 2023”.

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