12 May 2021

IAgrE holds virtual awards ceremony

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) was finally able to present its 2020 industry awards in a virtual ceremony on April 27.

The IAgrE Annual AGM & Awards Presentation was due to take place on Thursday April 30, 2020, at Amazone Ltd near Doncaster. Sadly the Coronavirus Pandemic has meant that we had to postpone the event several times and finally made the decision to go online.  

The 2020/2021 Awards Event was voted a huge success judging by the positive emails received from attendees after the event.

Members and winners came together on zoom to celebrate and honour those who have made their mark in Agricultural Engineering. It was a lovely evening and an opportunity to celebrate with our Awardees and thank them for their contribution to our industry.

The award winners were:


The Honorary Fellowship Award: An Honorary Fellowship is the highest commendation awarded by the Institution.  It recognises outstanding service to both the Institution and to the Agricultural Engineering Profession.

There were two Honorary Fellowships awarded this year.

Malcolm Carr-West CEng FIAgrE - for his outstanding service to the Institution as the Chair of the Membership Committee and for his involvement with the Engineering Committee on behalf of the Institution.

“I think many people are unaware and do not realise the influence that the Institution has on our careers.  Indeed, it was not until I was in my mid-career did, I realise the influence the Institution has on all of us.  As a professional engineer it is clear that I owe far more to the Institution than I can every repay.  I am completely blown away by being an honorary fellow.”

Alastair Taylor IEng CEnv MIAgrE - for his outstanding contribution to the success of the Institution and his enthusiastic promotion of agricultural engineering.

“My association with the Institution has been around 45 years and the Institution has been with me all the way.  When I consider being awarded an Honorary Fellowship, I just think that is simply amazing.  When I reflect upon the people who have had this award in the past and the status of those people.  To be walking amongst those giants in our discipline is such a humbling feeling for me and such a privilege as well,” said Alastair.

The IAgrE Award of Merit: The Award of Merit is made to a person distinguished by their work in agricultural science or engineering or one that has rendered outstanding service to the Institution.

Tim Burnhope FREng CEng FIAgrE - For his outstanding service to and leadership within Agricultural Engineering.  “This is a real honour and a surprise.  We are in a most exciting decade for young engineers, and I would encourage anyone to get involved, said Tim.”

IAgrE Award for Contribution to The Land-based Sector: This Award is made to IAgrE members who have made sustained contributions to the land-based sector throughout their career.

Gareth Ellis CEnv MIAgrE - for his experience and expertise in improving environmental standards, increasing renewables and reducing energy and waste, working and living according to sustainable principles.  “It is amazing to receive this award and in the current circumstances a real pick me up.  I am very grateful thank you very much,” added Gareth.

The President's Award (formerly the Michael Dwyer Memorial Prize): The prize is to a mid-career engineer who has made outstanding progress in the agricultural engineering industry. The Institution is delighted that there were two winners again this year.

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Kit Franklin AMIAgrE - for his success in driving the Hands-Free Hectare project and for his enthusiastic promotion of agricultural engineering.

Kit replied: “I am surprised and honoured to be recognised and receive the President’s Award, which has previously been awarded to some very prominent members of the Institution and the agricultural engineering sector.

"As ever thank you to colleagues and members of IAgrE.  The IAgrE is a very vibrant part of my career and it makes my career more interesting thank you.”

Branch Meritorious Service Award: Made to members who have consistently rendered outstanding service to their Branch of the Institution or a Technical Group over a number of years, there was one such award this year.

Richard Trevarthen IEng FIAgrE - East Midlands Branch - for his long service as Chair and Secretary of the Branch and for the enthusiasm with which he welcomes allcomers.  This is awarded in recognition of his contributions and achievements in maintaining a strong and healthy branch.  “It is a great honour to receive this award again.  I consider myself to be extremely fortunate in that I’ve got with me a wonderful and enthusiastic committee (the East Midlands branch).  They do a big job in making my job a lot easier and like everyone else we can’t wait for the new season to start and hope and pray we’ll be back to whatever normal is,” said Richard.

Mike Whiting MIAgrE - Western Branch - in recognition of his sustained contribution in preserving the future of the Institution at both Branch & National level.  “Thank you so much, this award is really appreciated,” said Mike.

Douglas Bomford Paper Award: The Award is offered to the author or authors of a paper which, in the previous calendar year, was published in full in the Institution journals “Landwards” and/or “Biosystems Engineering”. At least one of the authors must be a member of the Institution.

The winner of the Award this year, for his contribution to the paper "Non-destructive discrimination of avocado fruit ripeness using laser Doppler vibrometry", Sandra Landalh, Leon A Terry, Biosystems Engineering, Volume 194, 2020, Pages 251-260, ISSN 1537-5110

Professor Leon Terry FIAgrE received the award.  Leon said, “It is a great honour to receive this award thank you very much.”

 The IAgrE Team Achievement Award: This was awarded in recognition of successful teamwork and demonstrates what can be achieved through collaboration.

Claas IAgrE Award 2021

CLAAS UK, award received by Trevor Tyrrell as leader of the team - the award was made for their contribution to the industry both in terms of products offered and engagement in Agricultural Engineering.

On receiving the award Trevor Tyrrell said: “When Helmut Claas was asked about CLAAS’ secret of success, his answer was clear and unpretentious: “There is no secret, just good ideas and motivated people.

“Those good ideas and motivated people have created a team in CLAAS UK who are striving to bring talented young people into our industry, and train them to the highest standards across a wide spectrum of disciplines.  I am very proud to accept the IAgrE Team Award on behalf of the CLAAS UK team, who fully deserve it in recognition of the benefits that their work has brought to the agricultural engineering industry as a whole in the UK and Ireland.”

Student Awards

IAgrE CNH Industrial Award

Made on the basis of a dissertation or thesis undertaken by an undergraduate or postgraduate student as part of their studies demonstrating innovation and practical application in the land-based industry.

Postgraduate Award

William Hook, Harper Adams University - for his thesis "The design and evaluation of seed dispersal units to increase see placement accuracy on a Stanhay Pro Air Multiline precision seed drill using EDEM software."

Undergraduate Award

Andrew Hardy, Harper Adams University - for his final project "Develop a compact excavator attachment for lifting trees out of the ground with a rootball."

IAgrE Safety Award

This award has been established to encourage and recognise innovation in safe design or operation of equipment or processes by students studying agricultural engineering or subjects related to the application of engineering and technology to the land-based sector.

Huw Gilchrist, Harper Adams University - for his final project "Design and development of a safe load indicator for a tractor and fore-end loader."

Huw said: “I am delighted to be named as the recipient of the IAgrE Student Safety Award.  It is a real privilege and a great way to end my time at Harper Adams.  It is nice to be recognised for the time and effort I put into the project and its potential to be developed further to improve farm safety.”

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Chris Biddle was presented with the award for his contribution to the landbased sector jointly with David Kirschner for his work on developing apprenticeship standards for the industry.

The awards were presented by IAgrE President Paul Hemingway.

BAGMA would like to congratulate both Chris and David for receiving this outstanding award and for their contribution to the landbased industry sector.