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MBE for former Construction Equipment Association chief

Rob Oliver
Rob Oliver, former chief executive of the CEA

Rob Oliver awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire in King’s first New Year’s honours list

ROB Oliver, who retired as the chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) in 2021, 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 his services to the construction equipment manufacturing sector.


Mr Oliver remains active in the industry as an executive director of Construction Equipment Events Ltd (CEE), organizers of the Plantworx show.

In his time with the CEA, Mr Oliver helped develop and deliver the CESAR plant marking and registration scheme – and its extension to cover on-site emissions compliance verification (ECV).

He also put together the organization for the first Plantworx show in 2013 and developed the concept of a construction equipment technology event which became the first Futureworx showcase and conference in March 2022.

Commenting on his award, Mr 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’m still looking forward, including offering a great showcase for construction equipment innovation and technology at Plantworx 2023’.

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