Welcome to the Greater London Region

This is where you can find out about the activities and events in the London Region.

The GLR's activities are co-ordinated by the main GLR Committee, a Central Events Sub-Committee, four Area Sub-Committees (North East, North West, South East and South West) and the Young Members Panel.

Changes to the Greater London Region 

What is changing?

The GLR Committee is made up of member volunteers who provide these services to members who live in the GLR. One of the GLR’s strategic objectives is to “engage members of all grades in the Region and Areas with appropriate activities and events organised by volunteer members for their benefit”. The GLR Committee recognised that the Area structure across London did not enable all members to engage locally, particularly in East London. To that end, we've been working hard over the last few months to re-organise the GLR Area structure. This has led to the GLR being re-organised into four new Areas; North East, South East, South West and North West. Each member who lives in the GLR has been assigned to an Area based on their postcode according to the diagram below (with the black lines representing the new Area boundaries).

How will this affect you?

  • A new London NE Area Committee will be established to provide services and events to members in NE London postcodes. ​We would like to use this opportunity to invite volunteers for this new committee to make it a success. If you are an enthusiastic mechanical engineer and willing to contribute a small portion of your time, please contact me as soon as possible.
  • Members who live in postcodes covered by the NW and SW Areas will continue to be served by the existing Committees for these respective Areas and services will remain largely unaffected. The NW Area Committee operates at Brunel University and the SW Area Committee at Kingston University, with events typically held in these locations.
  • The Southern Area Committee which previously covered south and south east London postcodes will now serve members in South East London only. The new SE Area Committee currently operates in Croydon, but will be looking for additional venues to better engage members further east in the Area.
  • The changes to the Area structure will hopefully encourage more members to get involved in helping to provide services and events to members who live near them, resulting in more services to members locally.
  • Services for Young Members will continue to be provided by the Young Members Panel.
  • The GLR Near You webpages are in the process of being updated with new pages for each Area. Please check these regularly to find out about services and events near you.
  • You will now receive emails that are targeted to providing you with information on services and events more local to you.

And finally, to celebrate the formation of the new London NE Area we plan to hold the official opening ceremony on the 29 January 2016 with IMechE President Prof. Richard Folkson honouring the occasion. Further details of this prestigious event will be advertised in due course.

Giles Hartill CEng FIMechE Chairman, Greater London Region Committee

The GLR's strategic goals are:

1. Implement the Regional Strategy Board (RSB) Mission, as far as practicable, and address identified Regional needs.

2. Provide a balanced programme of high quality events for the advancement of mechanical engineering and to facilitate Continuing Professional Development.

3. Establish services for the support of members, promote greater involvement by members in regional and national events and actively seek new members.

4. Raise the profile of the Institution within regional and local government, industry, education and the wider community.

5. Manage allocated funds efficiently.

6. Represent the Institution locally to regional and local government, the media, the public, industry and education.

7. Co-operate/organise with other Institutions and public bodies when this will be beneficial to the Institution, to members, engineering generally and society.

8. Encourage participation in local schools liaison and careers advise and associated joint activities with other societies.

If you are an IMechE member and able to help the region in any way please contact Giles Hartill (GLR Chairman).

Looking ahead, all events to be held in the Region will be published on this ‘Near You’ website so please keep checking! 


Giles Hartill

GLR Chairman

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    21 March 2016 17:30 to 29 September 2016 19:00
    London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park) - London
    A look at a major re-signalling project.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    04 May 2016 18:30 to 20:00
    *Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - London
    The time when we review what the Panel has achieved in the past months and discuss what we are going to do next. Have you got ideas? Would you like to volunteer? Do you simply want to understand more what we do and how to help? Come along, everyone's welcome and the Institution needs more hands and minds!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 May 2016 18:00 to 20:00
    *Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - London
    This talk will explain how state-of-the-art graphene processing technology can enable graphene and carbon-nanotubes to be used for the first time in affordable, composite applications.
    Industry: Research & development
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    18 May 2016 19:00 to 20:30
    Room PR SB2025 - Kingston upon Thames
    Join us for another interesting technical talk about how Mechanical Engineering found its way to improve health and wellbeing of the human population. This presentation will talk through the technological developments that helps understand how human lungs react to explosive environments and the technical challenges involved in developing useful materials in this field.
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    19 May 2016 18:15 to 20:00
    East Croydon United Reformed Church Halls - Croydon
    Neil Hirst will review the various aspects of Shale Gas Development in the UK.
    Industry: Fossil fuel power
  • Event Type: Social event
    20 May 2016 10:00 to 22 May 2016 18:00
    Fawley Hill - Henley-on-Thames
    An exciting weekend with Veteran and Vintage vehicles on display, plus various events which should appeal to all..
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    21 May 2016 10:00 to 16:00
    Penshurst Railway Station - Penshurst
    Cross country walk organised by the Civil Engineers' Club starting and finishing at Penshurst railway station.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    27 May 2016 12:00 to 15:00
    Croydon & District Masonic Halls - West Croydon
    The after lunch presentation by Colin Brown will tell the story of modern RNLI operations, equipment and training.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    11 June 2016 09:30 to 12 June 2016 14:30
    Church Stretton - Church Stretton
    A walking weekend in Shropshire organised by the Civil Engineers' Club
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    02 July 2016 09:00 to 17:00
    IET London
    Please join us for this exciting event. Engineering Members and guests can attend lectures and seminars, and their families can enjoy the games and educational challenges. Businesses will be demonstrating new technologies. Universities and organisations such as Engineering Without Borders will be engaging with all ages to present future living innovations and career paths.
    Industry: Other industry sectors
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