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 Visit
    02 December 2015 13:00 to 16:00
    The London Museum of Water & Steam - London
    Technical visit
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Social Event
    07 December 2015 17:00 to 18:00
    St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey - London
    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineers are teaming up again for the annual Carol Service in St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. The service in St Margaret's Church at 17:00 will be followed by a complimentary reception at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors at Twelve Great George Street, Westminster.
    Industry: Structural Technology & Materials
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    09 December 2015 17:30 to 20:30
    IET Savoy Place - London
    As the UK's Tim Peake prepares for his historic journey to the International Space Station in December, we aim to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists with our Christmas lecture.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Social Event
    11 December 2015 12:00 to 15:00
    Croydon & District Masonic Halls - West Croydon
    Following Lunch Tony Barnes will talk about memories from his early life in Dover and illustrate these with photographs and other memorabilia from the time.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 December 2015 14:00 to 16:00
    Strand Palace Hotel - London
    The lecture will cover: Who are Vehicle Certification Agency? What is Vehicle Type Approval and why we do it ? Who writes this stuff ? Vehicle Safety Regulations Vehicle Emissions Regulations
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Annual Dinner
    12 December 2015 19:00 to 21:30
    The Marquis Cornwallis - London
    The Christmas Networking Dinner is a chance to meet like-minded young engineers and to celebrate the winter season with an evening of food and drink.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    13 January 2016 19:00 to 20:00
    Kingston University - Kingston-upon-Thames
    Crossrail is Europe’s largest infrastructure project and, when operational in 2018, will be London’s newest railway. It is being delivered on a truly epic scale, including 21km of twin bore tunnels and nine new stations under Europe’s largest city and will one day move over 200 million people a year around the city.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 January 2016 17:30 to 19:00
    London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park) - London
    Topic to be Confirmed
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Presidential Visit
    29 January 2016 19:00 to 21:00
    Speak Out For Engineering Competition organised by the GLR Young Members' Committee. Official Opening Ceremony for the London NE Area. Distinguished guest is IMechE President Prof. Richard Folkson.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    22 February 2016 17:00 to 19:00
    London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park) - London
    Aspiring young engineers describe the technical challenges they have addressed, and compete for a prize with a chance to address HQ.
    Industry: Railway
  • 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
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