Brian Cooke is a professional mechanical engineer with extensive international experience operating at senior levels in large multi national businesses.
Most recently he was the first Director General of the European Power Tool Association (EPTA) (2006 – 2010), a role which involved establishing the organization as an effective representative body for the business within Europe, and involved extensive interactions with the European Institutions – most notably on environmental issues.
Brian’s experience in the Power Tool industry started in 1994 when he joined Black & Decker as Director of Engineering. He held this and other more global roles for the next 10 years, culminating in his leading the creation of the company’s global product development process. The bulk of his experience however was gained in the motor industry. He was sponsored to attend Bristol University by Vauxhall Motors where he attained a 2.1 honours degree. After a short time back in the engineering department at Vauxhall, he was awarded a one year GM Overseas Scholarship to attend a postgraduate diploma course at GMI in Flint, Mi (now Kettering University) and worked at the GM tech centre in Warren Mi.
Brian remained with Vauxhall/GM until 1979, when he joined Jaguar Rover Triumph as Chief Engineer for Triumph cars. Brian held a number of senior positions, including that of Director of Engineering Services and Administration and Chief Engineer for the Rover 800 project, which was a collaborative project with Honda and was successfully launched in 1991.
Brian is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (F.I.MechE). He also serves as a visitor and a trustee for the Support Network (of the IMechE) – a charity set up to help engineers who find themselves in difficulties.
Brian served as a Justice of the Peace (JP) whilst working at Vauxhall in Bedfordshire.
Brian also served as a Churchwarden of his local church from 2006-2012. This period saw the fine 12th century building suffering 2 fires (one an arson attack), a flood and a major theft. The restoration process just completed has just won him the 2014 English Heritage Angel Award for historic places of worship.