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Jaguar Land Rover Director awarded Industry Gold Medal

Release date: 10th June 2016

ISME Chairman Steve Morley presenting the Gold medal to Ian HarnettJaguar land Rover Executive Director of Human Resources and Global Purchasing Ian Harnett, has been awarded the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering‘s prestigious Gold Medal, for his service to the industry.

The Institute (ISME) was founded 70 years ago when the sheet metal industry was a very different animal in so many ways to what it is today. However the principles of the industry and the aims of the institute remain the same.

Set up to promote the sheet metal industry and to share knowledge and skills throughout its membership, the need to stamp, bend and fabricate sheet metal is the same now as it was in 1946. But technologies have changed dramatically and the demands of the automotive industry in particular have revolutionised methodology and working practices.

Ian Harnett has played an integral part in the growth of Jaguar Land Rover and as Global Purchasing Director he oversaw the distribution of contracts to the supply chain throughout the world. Vitally for the Midlands, automotive manufacturing has not only survived but remained strong in many cases, with companies investing in the new technologies to keep pace with Jaguar Land Rover’s stringent demands on quality and the advent of aluminium structures.

Ian has helped guide these suppliers through the highs and lows of the automotive industry fortunes and in doing so has supported business growth and the generation of thousands of jobs in sheet metal engineering throughout the Midlands, the UK and beyond.

Chairman of ISME Steve Morley said “The Gold Medal is presented to influential people within our industry and I’m delighted to say that we had no hesitation in making Ian the 27th recipient of this award.“

Creator of the Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis was awarded the Gold Medal in 1982, former CEO of Jaguar Cars Sir Nicholas Sheele took the award in 1996 and Lords Michael Heseltine and Digby Jones were proud recipients in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

Former Sertec Chairman Graham Mosedale received the award in 2014.

ISME is constantly promoting the science and working of sheet metal to encourage closer co-operation between industry, universities and research establishments and through its annual Sheet Metal Skills competition it encourages the development of young people in our industry.

Ian Harnett and Terry Sampson pictured at the ceremony with the Sertec Board
Ian Harnett and Terry Sampson pictured at the ceremony with the Sertec Board.