JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford was recently named to the House of Lords and will now be known as Lord Bamford. He will officially take his seat in the House of Lords Nov. 7. The House of Lords is the second chamber of the U.K. Parliament, independent of the elected House of Commons.
Lord Bamford took the formal title of Baron Bamford of Daylesford in the County of Gloucestershire and of Wootton in the County of Staffordshire. Daylesford is the hamlet in Gloucestershire where Lord and Lady Bamford live and farm, and Wootton is the area near JCB’s world headquarters in Staffordshire.
“Manufacturing and engineering are the areas I am focused on in my working life and I look forward to making a contribution in these important sectors when I take up my seat in the House of Lords,” said Lord Bamford, who will mark 50 years of service with JCB in 2014.
Lord Bamford started work at JCB’s world headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, in 1964 after a two-year engineering apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson in France. He became chairman and managing director of JCB at the end of 1975, succeeding his father, the late Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE, who founded the company on the day his son was born, Oct. 23, 1945.
Under Lord Bamford’s leadership, JCB has grown to become one of the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturers.