Johnathan Gill  -  How do we embrace Automation in Agriculture?'

Worshipful Company of Farmers
McDonald's Resturants Ltd
Savills UK

I am a qualified robotic engineer with 12 years of experience specialising in mechatronic systems I started out working on oil rigs with a ROV team in the harsh offshore environment.

However I wanted to get more in to my rural roots by designing aerial drone systems, but not for TV Media work but to get drones to work in agriculture. This is where I started working for Harper Adams University research team. I found the right team of people to work with and developed the ‘Hands Free Hectare’ my most recent project and boldest attempted fusing automation, agronomy and agriculture together operating drones and drone technology to achieve a world’s first. I have been blown away with the interest across the world and am constantly inspired to keep working in agricultural automation.

During weekends I help run an award winning catering business 'Fodder in the Field' with my partner, inspiring families to enjoy the countryside and support local food producers.

I have a Classic and modern VW camper vans and love travelling to new places living the outdoors lifestyle while cooking on an open fire. 

I feel honoured to have the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Savills with McDonalds Restaurants sponsor me for my Nuffield Farming Scholarship.