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Charles Nicklin CEng MIAgrE becomes CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Published: 07/10/2020

Charles Nicklin CEng MIAgrE, CEO of IAgrECharlie Nicklin joins the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) after 24 years with JCB in design and manufacture. A Chartered Engineer (CEng), Charlie has held various senior leadership roles at JCB which included Chief Engineer for backhoe loaders and the Fastrac tractor range and Engineering Lead for Loadall products. 

He grew up on a farm and from an early age had a fascination with all things mechanical. He studied Agricultural Engineering at both Reaseheath College and Harper Adams University and gained early experience working for a local Massey Ferguson dealership.  

With first-hand experience of Further and Higher Education and both the dealer and manufacturing side of the industry Charlie is ideally placed for his new position.  He has amassed a great deal of experience in managing change, whether focussed on product line strategy or departmental performance transformation.

Charlie comments “I believe IAgrE has a key role to play in promoting the industry, ensuring visibility of the range of roles and showcasing how exciting and fulfilling it is to work in them.  My experience in senior positions in a highly competitive global business, coupled with first-hand knowledge of technician-based route into engineering has given me a well-rounded knowledge of our industry.”

IAgrE President Paul Hemingway says, “We are delighted to welcome Charlie to the team. It is an exciting time to be leading the Institution. With an expanding world population and increasing demand for more efficient yet sustainable food production systems there has never been a greater need for inventive, professional, land-based engineers and a professional Institution to support and represent them.”

“I am truly excited about working in a new environment and very happy to remain in the industry I am passionate about,” Charlie added.


Notes to editors

IAgrE is the professional body for scientists, technologists, engineers, academics, managers and students working in the landbased sector and has an international membership base.

As a licensed body of the Engineering Council (EngC) and a founding Constituent Body of The Society for the Environment (SocEnv), IAgrE registers suitably experienced professionals as Chartered Engineers, Chartered Environmentalists, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

For further details, contact Marion King at IAgrE Communications at or call 01234 750876 – mobile 07843382362

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. Through these processes it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit:

Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567