Malcolm Harbour served 15 years as Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, and served years as Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) from 2009 to 2014. He was a key player in shaping policies and legislation for the single market, manufacturing industry, the digital economy, research and consumer protection. As leader of the centre right EPP-ED group on IMCO from 2004 to 2009, he led the successful campaign to adopt the Services Directive in 2006. Since 1999 has been lead MEP (Rapporteur) for 3 cycles of Electronic Communications legislation. For 12 years he was Vice President of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Foresight Panel. He was appointed a CBE for services to the UK economy in 2013.
He did not seek re-election in the 2014 European Elections, and in July 2014, was appointed to the Council of Birmingham University. He is lay Council Member on the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committees and on the Board of Birmingham Science City. He maintains his strong interest in EU policy in a number of advisory roles. He is a Senior Adviser on the Single Market to the European Policy Centre, and a Senior Adviser to Cabinet DN. He has worked on institutional reform with the Centre for European Policy Studies, and delivered the 2015 Birmingham European Law School Annual Lecture. He is a Director of the all party UK Parliamentary Forum, the Digital Policy Alliance, and Chairs their working group on the Digital Single Market.
Before his election to the Parliament in 1999, Malcolm spent 32 years in the motor industry, as an engineer, a senior commercial executive, a consultant and a researcher. After gaining a Cambridge degree, he began his career in 1967 as a Student Engineer at BMC Longbridge.