Pearson Engineering announces Ian Bell as Group Chief Executive Officer

March 27, 2024

Ian Bell has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Pearson Engineering Limited and daughter company Responsive Engineering Limited as Craig Priday steps down as Managing Director of Pearson Engineering Limited after 10 years in the role.

Craig’s tenure ends on 2nd April after having led Pearson Engineering’s transition from a family-owned business to a strategic asset for the UK, with contracts spanning major armoured vehicle programmes of the UK MOD and international allies.

“I am extremely proud to have led such an exceptional company. My sincere thanks go to the staff, for their hard work and dedication, which has powered our growth and success over the last 10 years. I’m not quite ready for retirement yet, so I’m really pleased that I will be staying on the Board as a Non-Executive Director and my very best wishes for the future go to the amazing team of people who work here.”

Departing Managing Director at Pearson Engineering, Craig Priday

Following a successful military career, Ian held several senior appointments across the commercial defence sector before joining Pearson Engineering and has an extensive background both within the UK MoD and internationally having led several businesses across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

“I am delighted to be taking the helm at such an important time in the development of Armstrong Works. The site has a rich and important history in the North East as a centre of innovation and excellence for manufacturing in support of the UK’s armed forces. As our focus widens in support of the UK MoD and its allies globally, it is my privilege to be the Group CEO in ensuring that Pearson Engineering and Responsive Engineering are both trusted partners to our customers and a national employer of choice, securing the legacy of Armstrong Works for future generations to come.”

Chief Executive Officer at Pearson Engineering, Ian Bell

Pearson Engineering warmly welcomes Ian and extends thanks to Craig for his leadership over the last 10 years.