Lord Anthony Bamford became Chairman of JCB at the end of 1975. He has overseen efforts to promote industry workforce development. One is a company educational center now being developed to educate students in engineering, manufacturing processes and international business.
Bamford is active in charitable work through the Bamford Charitable Foundation but his continuing professional concern is the success of JCB. Before taking the helm of JCB, he established JCB SA, the company's French subsidiary in Paris, which has become the model for JCB's worldwide development. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a regional equipment manufacturer to one with 300 products and manufacturing plants on four continents selling to over 150 nations.
JCB has won more than 50 awards for exports, marketing, design, technology and for its care for the environment, among them 23 Queen's Awards for Technological and Export achievement. One example: Under Bamford's leadership, the company developed a backhoe that can reach 60 mph and was designed for the U.S. Army to use in hazardous environments.
Lord Anthony, who was knighted in 1990, is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and a former High Sheriff.