01 May 2020

New president at IAgrE is former JCB manager

A former JCB manager has been appointed the new president of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE).

Paul Hemingway, who worked for JCB for 29 years before retiring in 2018, has taken up the new role at the IAgrE.

A native of west Wales Paul studied Agricultural Engineering at Newcastle University and having graduated spent two years in Cornwall working for Fulford Trumps, a Ford tractor and New Holland machinery dealer as a branch service manager.

In 1978, he joined the Engineering Department at Harper Adams Agricultural College (as it was then named) as the college embarked on education of agricultural engineering students at HND and later degree level.

Paul joined JCB in 1989 as service manager for what was to become the JCB Fastrac.

He spent the next 29 years at JCB in a wide variety of management roles in service, parts, training, sales and product marketing. This included a three-year period living with his wife in New Delhi working with JCB India as Vice President - Service, which he looks back on as a particularly varied, challenging and enriching part of his life.

He retired from JCB in 2018 and has come full circle acting as a visiting lecturer in Engineering at Harper Adams University.

IAgrE CEO Ed Hansom said: “I wish Paul the very best of luck for his two-year tenure.

"He has some great ideas, grounded in practical experience, which will definitely move the Institution forward. His connections with JCB and knowledge of the agricultural engineering industry globally will be invaluable.”