Malcolm Harbour (CBE)
Director, Digital Policy Alliance; former Chair of the Internal Market Committee, European Parliament
Malcolm Harbour CBE was elected as Conservative MEP for the UK West Midlands in 1999, and re-elected in 2004 and 2009. From 2009 to 2014 he served as Chairman of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. He was a key player in shaping policies and legislation for the single market, manufacturing industry, the digital economy, research and consumer protection. He had lead roles as “Rapporteur” for 3 cycles of Electronic Communications legislation, and in promoting Public Procurement of Innovation. 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.
Mr Harbour did not seek re-election in 2014, and in July 2014 was appointed to the Council of Birmingham University. He is lay Council Member on the Research Committee. He is a Senior Adviser on the Single Market to the European Policy Centre and to the EU policy consultants Cabinet DN. He is an Honorary Member of the European Internet Forum, and has been a Director of the all party UK Parliamentary Forum, the Digital Policy Alliance since 2004. He currently Chairs the DPA working group on the Digital Single Market.
Before his election to the Parliament in 1999, Mr Harbour 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.