EEF (manufacturers' association)

EEF, formerly the Engineering Employers' Federation, works with manufacturing, engineering and technology-based businesses in the UK.

EEF is the largest sectoral employers' organisation in the UK.

It delivers services at national level and local level through a network of regional offices throughout England and Wales.


EEF provides businesses with advice, guidance and support in employment law, employee relations, health, safety, climate and environment, information and research and occupational health.

It also delivers training and consultancy in the UK and overseas.

Through offices in London and Brussels, EEF provides political representation on behalf of UK business in the engineering, manufacturing and technology-based sectors: lobbying government, MPs, regional development agencies, MEPs and European institutions.


EEF was formed in 1896 as the Engineering Employers' Federation and merged in 1918 with the National Employers' Federation.[1] A history of the EEF[2] cited in [1] states that the original purpose of the EEF was "collective action to protect individual firms and local associations, the preservation of the ‘power to manage’, and the maintenance of industrial peace through established procedure." The EEF functioned as a 'Union' of Employers and negotiated from this stance with Trades Unions, for instance "twice, in 1897-8 and 1922, the Federation organised nationwide lock-outs. Procedural agreements for the avoidance of disputes were made with the unions at the conclusion of each of these lock-outs. These agreements provided for local and national joint conferences on disputed matters".[2]

In November 2003 the EEF rebranded itself from the 'Engineering Employers' Federation' to 'EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation'.[3]

The EEF archive [1] is curated by Warwick University's Modern Records Centre.


Membership of EEF is corporate: organisations and companies are members, not the individuals that work for them.

Executive Board Members

Terry Scuoler Chief Executive, EEF

Martin Temple CBE Chairman, EEF

Paul Jennings, Finance Director, EEF

John Peel OBE

Barrie Williams

Phil Elliot

Peter Wilson Managing Director, Crane Ltd

John Tissiman MBE Chairman, Edward Pryor & Son Michael Kirk OBE

Alan Wood CBE Chief Executive, Siemens

Gareth Jenkins Managing Director, FSG Tool & Die Ltd

Niels Vinther Managing Director, Grundfos Manufacturing Ltd

Grahame Nix OBE Deputy Managing Director, Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace

Tony Hammersley Manufacturing Director, TEV Ltd

Ian Fowler Managing Director, WH Rowe Ltd

Mark Pickering Director of Operations, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Senior personnel

Hywel Jarman Director of External Affairs

Caroline Gumble Executive Director

Andrew Buckley Membership Director

Adrian Thompson Business Development Director

Dean Gardner Business Services Director


  1. 1 2 3 , EEF Archive home page
  2. 1 2 , The Power to Manage, E. Wigham, Macmillan 1973
  3. , Press Release
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