2014 EASTERN REGION CHAIRMAN’S LETTER
Members and Visitors to this page,
thought I would start this year’s chairman letter by sharing a few facts about
our great Eastern Region.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or comments.
Sylvain Jamais CEng FIMechE
– Eastern Region
07920 768257/01223 392296
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