Welcome to the South Essex Area

Dear South Essex Area Member,

Welcome to our 2019-2020 session of events. Your committee has volunteered their time, as always, to arrange eight events for you to enjoy, which are complementary to the Automotive Division Essex Centre’s (ADEC) programme and free to attend for both IMechE members and their guests.

We host these across the South Essex Area with events in Chelmsford, Southend, Basildon and Dunton. The site http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Eastern/South-Essex-Area shows an overall plan for the year whilst http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Eastern/South-Essex-Area/events gives more details on each event, with the option to add them to your calendar, after reading a synopsis to find out more about each one.

We start on Tuesday 8th October with a talk from the pilot and project leader aiming to exceed 350mph on water with ”Quicksilver, Breaking the World Water Speed Record”. We then continue to go fast, as we hear about Composites in Motorsport from Williams Advanced Engineering.

After this, we debate the power requirements of the future and how they can be met, before coming back to wheeled and marine transportation for the next few events. The season ends with a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from Dr Colin Brown, the CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

What will we do now? The committee, who you can learn about and contact here http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Eastern/South-Essex-Area/contact-us, will be working on the 2020-2021 lectures that we feel will be of interest to you. If you have any topics you’d like to hear about, or wish to join us in preparing for the next season, please do get in touch! We promote our events throughout the year jointly with ADEC. You can join the mailing list by emailing your request  to essexad@imechenearyou.org or follow updates on the IMechE Eastern Region LinkedIn, facebook and twitter sites.

I’d love to meet you at our next events. It’s a great way to connect with other engineers and learn about the latest engineering developments from the brightest and very best in their fields.

Yours sincerely,


Kenan Sager, CEng, MIMechE ACGI


South Essex Area, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Season 2019-2020

Event Date and Location

Event Title

8th October 2019

Lecture 1 – SEA/CSES/IET

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

7:30pm Start

‘Quicksilver’ – Breaking the World Water Speed Record


26th November 2019

Lecture 2 – SEA

PROCAT, Basildon

2:00pm Start

Composites in Motorsport

Iain Bomphray – Williams Advanced Engineering

22nd January 2020

Lecture 3 – SEA/CSES/IET

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

7:30pm Start

Powering the Future (Debate)

Two Talks:

1) Electricity Generation
Syed Ali, Engineering Manager, InterGen Coryton Power Station

2) Pumped Storage
Gordon Taylor, Consultant on Energy Technology and Policy

19th February 2020

Lecture 4 – SEA/ADEC

Dunton Technical Centre

7:30pm Start

The Future of Transport

Sara-Jayne Williams – Ford Mobility and TFL


10th March 2020

Lecture 5 - SEA / RAeS

The Holiday Inn, Southend

8:00pm Start

NORTH AMERICAN X15: Hypersonic Aircraft

Roger Campbell - Southend Branch Chairman, Royal Aeronautical Society

25th March 2020

Lecture 6 – SEA/CSES/IET

Online Meeting via Zoom (please refer to the webpage of the event)

7:30pm Start

New Sail Powered Merchant Ships

Guilhem Péan, Technical Manager of Neoline, France

22nd April 2020

Lecture 7 - ADEC/SEA

Online Meeting via Zoom (please refer to the webpage of the event)

7:20pm Start

Automotive Aerodynamics

Adrian Gaylard - JLR

6th May 2020

Annual event – ADEC / SEA (Buffet & speaker)


6:00pm Start

Meet Dr Colin Brown, CEO of IMechE

(Buffet included)

​CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 Regulations)

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