Steve Cole

Managing director of CMD, a leading British manufacturer and designer or ergonomic and electrical solutions

Steve Cole is the Managing Director and major shareholder of CMD Ltd -- a British electrical manufacturing company which was founded in 1984 to provide office power and ergonomic solutions in commercial office environments. He has an unmatched breadth of experience, both technically and electrically gained from a career spanning over 20 years – an electrician by trade and many industry sectors to his name; often provides himself on still being ‘hands-on’ with an ‘open door’ policy.
Steve has effectively been involved with electrics for all of his working life, beginning with 5 years training as an Electro-Mechanical Apprentice within the confectionary industry, moving into more heavy industrial applications, focusing more on the Electrical side for the next stage of his career development within Electrical Wholesaling, working for a privately owned south coast company called JBM in a more technical sales role, until taking a Management role not long after.
In 1996 he left JBM after 14 years to join the board as Technical Director at OPS (Office Power Solutions) which became a sizeable force in the office power market before being acquired by a rival Electrical & Cable Management company, Form Fittings Ltd; in 2010 was re-branded along with sister companies of DPG Ltd & Powerplan Systems Ltd to become CMD Ltd, taking over the role of Managing Director in March 2004.

Steve considers it his duty to pass on his skills and experience to the next generation as well as providing employment for the local economy, which in the case of CMD, is Rotherham, an ex-steel and mining town, with CMD now being one of the largest employers in Rotherham. His determination in this is evident in that Steve’s current home town is Eastleigh, Hampshire and makes the 400 mile round trip on a weekly basis, as well as being instrumental in the management buyout that occurred in June 2008 to ensure the future of CMD.

When Steve does get downtime he takes to becoming an avid fan to his local football club, Southampton, as well as getting to Twickenham for his beloved Rugby Union as often as possible along with spending precious time with his grandchildren.