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  • Gary Major

    Director of Industrial Design

    Nantwich, United Kingdom

An Industrial Design professional specialising in transportation design with over 26 years experience and currently heading up in-house Industrial Design teams for a global manufacturer of construction/ earthmoving equipment.

Work Samples

  • Transport design

  • Automotive Designs

  • Off-Highway Leisure

Work History

Gary Major BA (Hons) MCSD e- garym@liugong.com Personal Details Nationality British Date of Birth 22-05-1962 Marital Status Married Sex Male Licence Full UK Driver’s Licence Work Experience July 2011 - to date Director of Industrial Design, Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co Ltd. Heading up design teams in China and the UK responsible for creating an all new design language for one of the fastest growing brands in the industry. May 2004 – May 2011 Head of Industrial Design, JCB Excavators Ltd. Leading a team responsible for aesthetic design of all vehicle interior/exterior and overseeing JCB branded products. Exterior Styling Working concurrently with engineering functions on new builds and future concepts. Facelifts to existing product. Maintaining JCB corporate DNA. JCB Excavators March 1999 – April 2004 Returned as Senior Industrial Designer. Chomiak Design Ltd February 1998 – March 1999 Senior Industrial Designer for Anglo-Italian design consultancy. Responsibilities involved all design work for UK office with secondment to Italian headquarters. Vehicle design for Cagiva, Piaggio, Plaxtons Buses, Earthforce (Excavators) and Prinoth (Snowgroomers). Product design work including seat designs for rail industry, trash compaction equipment, pens and coffee machines etc. Rail design work for Eurostar. JCB Compact Products December 1995 – February 1998 Senior Industrial Designer Primary roles as current position based at satellite factory. ABB Rail Vehicles October 1990 – December 1995 Industrial Designer Member of in-house team responsible for all aspects of aesthetic design related to rolling stock. Reporting to Head of Industrial Design Department, this position involved interior/exterior design for internal projects on both new builds and refurbishments. Responsibilities included the production of presentation artworks for contract tendering and internal design service. JCB Excavators Ltd January 1989 – September 1990 Assistant Industrial Designer Assistant do Senior Industrial Designer, working on concept and production vehicles for all divisions including military specials. Almond, Tedder and Laught, Product Design Consultants. March 1987 – December 1988 Freelance Designer Assistant Designer on product development. Duties involved product concepting, sketchwork and presentation visuals. Dutch Railways November 1985 – February 1987 Freelance/Staff Industrial designer Employed on graduation (after Industrial Placement) as Industrial Design Assistant working on:- Interior/exterior concepts/detailing Production of presentation visuals Commissioning model makers Graphic design/illustrations for in-house marketing department. Contracted to other companies for Dutch Railways. References Available on request, or at:- http://uk.linkedin.com/in/garymajor Education BA (Hons) Industrial Design (transportation) University of Coventry 1981 - 1985 Priory St Coventry Art and Design Foundation Course Chester College of Further Education 1980 - 1981 Handbridge Chester Stanney Grange Comprehensive School 1973 - 1980 Ellesmere Port ‘O’ Level Art & Design A Mathematics A Geography B Physics B English Language C Chemistry C French C CSE Level Art & Design 1 English Language 1 English Literature 1 ‘A’ Level Art & Design A Other Skills Basic PC skills including Photo Shop Alias Studio Paint. Partial training in Alias Surface Studio. Interests Keen runner, cyclist and motor-sport enthusiast. I also follow classic/contemporary design, architecture and art.


Coventry University



Member of Chartered Society of Designers


Pivotal role in creating ongoing form language for Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co.Ltd. Author of Industrial Design Architecture for JCB Excavators Ltd. between 2004 - 2011 Member of design team on JCB Dieselmax project- holder of diesel powered World Land Speed record. Co author of patent applied steering wheel project.