Ingoldsby man retires after 42 years with the same company

Peter Leech retires from John Deere after 42 years at the company.
Peter Leech retires from John Deere after 42 years at the company.
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An Ingoldsby man has retired after a distinguished career of 42 years with the same company.

Peter Leech joined John Deere Ltd at Langar in 1971 from Kesteven Agricultural College where he studied agricultural engineering.

He started his career as a service trainee and area service manager covering the East Midlands and Ireland before moving to the company’s Mannheim factory in Germany, where he was responsible for the Americas and the UK.

He returned to the UK where part of his job involved training and, during this time, a new training centre was set up in Bingham and at the newly-designed headquarters in Langar.

Since 2010, Mr Leech had been Deere and Company’s regional training manager covering Europe, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

Mr Leech was president of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers from 2010 to 2012 and he was awarded 
an Honorary fellowship in 2013.

Now he has left the company, he plans to continue with consultancy work and other projects.

Mr Leech, 61, is married to Rosemary and they have a son, Edward, who works in public affairs in London and a daughter, Alice, who is studying at the Royal Veterinary College.

Mr Leech will also spend time on his hobby of restoring vintage cars.