Dr David Ball

Accomplished Industrialist. – Chartered Mechanical Engineer & Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Current Positions with the Institution – Chairman of the Design Challenge & Chairman of the Power Industries Division North West Centre.

His career commenced with an apprenticeship after which he moved into the drawing office at Thomas Ryder & Son Machine Tool makers. After 5 years he moved to the Qualitex Group as Mechanical Engineer, and I was promoted to Group Project Engineer.

David moved to Automotive Products as Chief Industrial Engineer and then to the Vickers Engineering Group as General Works Manager of their Automated Systems Division.

In 1976 Dr Ball joined the “Syltone plc Group” as Managing Director of Webster Drives Ltd who manufacture gearboxes for commercial Vehicles, he later became Managing Director of Rotocold Ltd (refrigeration compressor manufacturers), and MD of Drum International manufactures of compressors, blowers, pumps and hydraulic equipment (all in the Syltone Group).

In 1995 David was appointed to a director of the main plc Board of Syltone responsible for manufacture worldwide.

He took early retirement in 2000, and for the next 5 years he was Executive Chairman of a major Training Company followed by 14 months as stand in Managing Director of a local company.

Since 2005 David has become heavily involved with the IMechE.

Dr Ball has been associated with numerous voluntary activities over the years.