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JCB's Tim receives top UK engineering honour

Tim BurnhopeJCB's Chief Innovation and Growth Officer, Tim Burnhope, has received one of the highest honours for UK engineers.

Tim, who has worked for JCB for 16 years, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), which champions the cause of engineering in Britain.

He is only the third person in JCB’s 70 year history to receive the coveted accolade. Lord Bamford was made an Honorary Fellow of the Academy last year.

Tim said: “I am passionate about engineering and to be recognised in this way is a fantastic honour, not only for me but for the whole engineering team at JCB.”

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The Royal Academy of Engineering is the national academy of engineering of the United Kingdom which, uniquely, brings together the country’s most eminent and distinguished engineers of all disciplines.”

Last year the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) granted Tim Chartered Engineer status and made him a Fellow of the organisation. Tim graduated from college with a BEng Hons degree and later studied for an MBA at Newcastle University Business School. He joined JCB in 1999.

At JCB, Tim has worked in the roles of Engineering Manager and then Managing Director of the Loadall business unit, eventually becoming Managing Director of both the Loadall and Backhoe business units.

In June 2006 Tim joined JCB Sales as Director of European Sales and in 2008 became Managing Director of JCB Sales. In January 2012 Tim became Chief Innovation & Growth Officer with responsibility for innovation, research, product development and engineering for the JCB Group.