Role at Ford: Chairman
Date joined company: 1974
Geoff Ford qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1969 and worked in a number of industries (including a year in France) before joining the Ford family business in 1974. The following year he became the third generation member to take over the day-to-day running of Ford.
The business has grown steadily over the years, with 1982 witnessing Ford’s first foray into the Aerospace Industry. Aerospace now accounts for 60% of Ford’s £11 million turnover.
During recent years, Geoff has sought to “put something back” into the community where he was born. That commitment has lead him to, at various times, chair STEP, the South Tyneside Enterprise Partnership, chair the South Tyneside Committee of the North East Chamber of Commerce, and vice-chair of the Local Strategic Partnership.
In 2007, he established the South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum (now the Advanced Manufacturing Forum). Also in 2007, he was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Partnership, and the following year he was made an MBE.
In 2011 he was awarded the Journal Life Time Achievement Award, and in the following year he chaired the relaunch of the South Tyneside Workplace Health Alliance, a position he still holds.
In 2014 he was one of 100 “Most Influential Leaders” in UK manufacturing.