Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine July/August 2023

UPDATES New BFPA Board Members, BFPA President and Distributor Council Chairman Elected at 2023 AGMs The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) held its 2023 AGMs and Conference in Warwick on 25th May 2023, with over 60 members and guests attending. New BFPA President, Rebecca Galleyof Hydroscand Limited was elected to serve for two years. Peter Willsonof Hopespare Limited was elected as the new Distributor Council Chairman at the 34th AGM of the BFPDA and will also serve a two-year term of office. The new incoming Vice President of the BFPA is Swapnil Khedekar of Festo Limited, and the new Vice Chairman of the Distributor Council is Nick West of Allswage UK Limited. Contact the BFPA at Tel: +44 (0)1608 647900 • Email: enquiries@bfpa.co.uk • Web: www.bfpa.co.uk Seven new BFPA Board members were elected this year: Christopher Hamlett of Alfa Gomma UK Limited, Andy Whiteford of Danfoss Power Solutions Limited, Swapnil Khedekar of Festo Limited, John Glover of Kawasaki Precision Machinery Limited, Chris Curr of Moog Industrial Group, Adam Burrows of Pirtek UK Limited and Nick Pittwood of SMC Corporation (UK) Limited. A full listing of BFPA’s Board members can be found on our website. Two outstanding young students from The JCB Academy, gave the first presentation “The JCB Academy, University Training Colleges and Industry Training Opportunities”. They gave an overview of the JCB Academy and opportunities offered to young people to study for qualifications while also offering the chance to engage with manufacturing / engineering companies and experience business first hand. Established in 2013, the JCB Academy was the first University Technical College offering STEM based learning and has remained committed to promoting STEM subjects, rather than expanding to add the Arts to their curriculum. Continuing on the theme of education, skills and training, the next guest speaker was Angela Lawlor of Marvelous Manufacturing who gave a presentation entitled: “Manufacturing: Inspiring the Next Generation”. Angela is passionate about attracting the younger generation into manufacturing and encouraged members to engage with local schools (visits, factory tours, open days etc.) to show young people that manufacturing can offer an exciting career while at the same time, lining up future talent for the fluid power industry. Jack Semple of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) joined a networking dinner in the evening and led a lively discussion on the subject of “Skills for Manufacturing”. BFPA President Rebecca Galley, Hydroscand Limited Delegates attending the BFPA AGM and Conference Networking dinner following the BFPA 2023 AGM and Conference BFPA Vice President Swapnil Khedekar, Festo Limited BFPDA Council Chairman Peter Willson, Hopespare Limited BFPDA Council Vice Chairman Nick West, Allswage UK Limited