Welcome to the Eastern Region


Dear Members and Visitors to this page,

I thought I would start this year’s chairman letter by sharing a few facts about our great Eastern Region.

In case some of you are wondering, our Eastern Region is loosely the geographic East Anglia, with a few exceptions driven by the Institution’s use of postcodes to delineate areas and regions.

The region is formed of 5 areas: Beds and Cambs, North Herts, Norfolk and Waveney, South Essex and Suffolk North Essex. The region also has a Young Members panel and is home to two Automobile Division Centres: East (Luton) and Essex.

The region currently has over 6800 members, 41% are Affiliates, 17% Associates, 35% Members and 7% Fellows. When looking at the engineering fabric of the region, I am always amazed with the diverse landscape with major poles of automobile and aerospace, pharmaceutical and conventional and renewable power generation industries. We also have a strong defence and military engineering representation. The description of our great region would of course not be complete without a mention our university centres of Hertfordshire, Cranfield and the world renowned University of Cambridge.

Reflecting on my first year as regional chairman, I keep a fond memory of the presidential visit with Patrick Kniveton last autumn and I cannot wait to guide 129th President Group Captain Mark Hunt in his visit of our region this coming September.

There have been many great local events organised by the committees, panels and centres this last year and I can’t encourage our members enough to go to events near them to learn new things and meet new people. I hope that attending some of those high quality events could in turn inspire some more of our members to lend a helping hand to strengthen our local volunteer networks. If you would like to know more about ways in which you can help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In my second year as Chairman, I want to continue assisting our local members gain professional registration or further their membership, help local committees in their continued effort to organise exciting local events, and tempt if I can more members into volunteering and in particular in the promotion of engineering to the primary and secondary school children.

I would like to welcome all the new members in the region, if you haven’t got an email from me yet it will come very soon.

I invite you to browse our Near You pages on a regular basis and to ensure we have your current email address on record as this is the primary way in which your local committees will keep you posted about local events. If you use Linkedin, you might also like to join the region’s group, which you will find easily by searching for IMechE Eastern Region.

One particular event I would like to attract your attention to is our annual dinner which concludes the presidential visit I mentioned a few lines above. The date this year is Friday 19 September in the usual prestigious setting of Jesus College in Cambridge. Our after dinner speaker will be Professor Helen Atkinson CBE, Head of Mechanics of Materials Research Group at Leicester University and the topic of her talk will be the Engineering Skills Gap. Details to book your place are on the Near You website, for the first time this year the possibility to book and pay online through our Near You pages. I look forward to seeing many of you there.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or comments.


Dr Sylvain Jamais CEng FIMechE

Chairman – Eastern Region

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Email: EasternChair@imechenetwork.org

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Current and Future Events

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  • Eastern Region Annual Dinner    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Annual Dinner
    19 September 2014 19:15 to 11:00
    Jesus College Cambridge
    Eastern Region Annual Dinner. The two speakers are Prof Helen Atkinson and Gp Capt Mark Hunt, the Institution President. Booking now CLOSED
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 September 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    Royal Institution, London, UK
    The IET is delighted to announce that Professor Andrew McNaughton, FREng, Chief Engineer and Technical Director, HS2 will deliver the 2014 Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture. Professor McNaughton will draw on examples of leading edge practice from around the world and his own forty years of operational and engineering experience to propose the way forward for Britain's railways in the coming decades
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    29 September 2014 17:30 to 19:00
    London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park) - London
    Andrew McNaughton, FREng, is the Chief Engineer and Technical Director, HS2 will be talking on how will the Hs2 route get across and out of London.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    07 October 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    Stafford Cripps 2, Building 41 - Bedfordshire
    Nicolas Perrin will talk about designing the "myTeam" Le Mans Prototype and how this is being done with open source access.
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Talk
    09 October 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Lecture Theatre 0, Engineering Department, Cambridge University - Cambridge
    Professor Keith Hayward, Head of Research at the Royal Aeronautical Society, will speak on where we are and where we are going with technology in both civil and military applications, some of the regulatory and ethical issues, and the implications for the traditional aerospace industry.
    Industry: Aerospace
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