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29 March 2019

My Ashwoods Life: Richard Strong

Ashwoods Electric Motors’ Principal Engineer, Richard Strong, has a long history with the business, going back further than almost everyone outside of our founding directors.

Heading up the Advanced Engineering Team at Innovation Valley, Richard is in his second spell with Ashwoods, having re-joined the company in 2017. However, the first traces of Rich in Ashwoods green date back to 2009 – when the business was under the name of Ashwoods Automotive. Then, Richard was the Lead Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager for the development of a permanent magnet electric motor which was used in the transit hybrid van system. Out of this series of innovative advancements would spring, amongst others, Ashwoods Electric Motors and sister company, Lightfoot.

Born to a farming family in rural Somerset, Richard headed down the M5 to Devon and graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Exeter.

“It was my agricultural upbringing that first developed my interest in engineering.”

Richard re-joined Ashwoods two years ago, drawn back to the business due to its interesting and cutting-edge technological developments. From being the third employee to now Principal Engineer in charge of a team of ten, part of a wider business of over 70 (and growing!), it is fair to say that Rich has seen more than most at Ashwoods Electric Motors. What has remained constant, however, is the business’ innovation and development of technology and customer projects – as well as investing in engineering and manufacturing in the South West.

“We are always on the look-out for talented individuals to join us – so please do get in touch!”

Richard adds, pointing out that any prospective applicant can email [email protected] with a CV and brief summary of why they’d be a great fit for Ashwoods, and will be considered.

Away from work Richard is a keen mountain biker and lives in a barn conversion in his native Somerset which he designed and built himself. Here he lives with his wife, two daughters aged six and one, and Willow, a Collie cross black Labrador – who benefits from walks in the sublime nearby Quantocks Hills. Richard also snowboards in his spare time, going on two such holidays recently which he enthusiastically described as “awesome!”. We get the impression that our Principal Engineer will be returning to the slopes soon…

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Tessa Tucker