President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is delighted to introduce the Conference.
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) 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 3-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 today has come full circle acting as a Visiting Lecturer in Engineering at Harper Adams University.