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CHAIRMAN’S LETTER

Dear members and visitors to this page,

It is for me a great honour to follow in the footsteps of many great Eastern Region Chairmen.

It feels like it was only yesterday when I became a corporate member of the Institution and a Chartered Engineer, but this was in fact back in 2004, just before I moved to Cambridgeshire. At that time I thought I would give back a bit and decided to join the Beds and Cambs committee. I then had the pleasure of being the Chairman of that area committee from 2006 for a great five years and I am delighted to have seen keen volunteers join the committee as I did earlier and that there is now a solid team that will ensure local activities will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Contemplating my upcoming 2 years as Chairman of the Eastern Region, I hope to assist all our local committees in delivering exciting programmes of events. I hope that my enthusiasm for the promotion of engineering will inspire members into joining committees near them to assist in this great challenge to inspire the next generation of engineers.

If you are new to the Institution or to the Region, welcome! If you are already active with the Institution I would like to personally thank you and urge you to continue and encourage other members to imitate you. If you are considering becoming active, I would be delighted to discuss the many possibilities with you.

I would also like to point out, in case you didn’t know, that as Regional Chairman I am the representative on Council for all the members of the Region. If you have a question that you would like the Trustees to answer, please do not hesitate to forward them on to me and I will make sure to ask and report back on the answer.

It will be our immense pleasure to guide the 128th President of the Institution Patrick Kniveton in his visit of the Eastern Region on 12 and 13 September, culminating in our Annual Dinner on the evening of Friday 13 September where we will once more return to the exceptional atmosphere of Jesus College were we hope to see many of our Regional members and their guests. Our after dinner speaker with be Professor Ann Dowling DBE, head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge who will also be our host for the first day of our Presidential visit.

I would like to finish by adding my personal thanks to my predecessor in the role, Professor Richard Folkson and to congratulate him on his election as Deputy President.

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

Sincerely,

Dr Sylvain Jamais CEng FIMechE MCMI

Chairman

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Email: EasternChair@imechenetwork.org

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