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: Committee meeting or AGM
    08 February 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 visit
    10 February 2016 15:00 to 21:00
    MINI Plant Oxford - Oxford
    Tour of MINI car manufacturing plant in Oxford, including return transportation from Kingston University.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 February 2016 17:30 to 21:00
    *Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - London
    Bloodhound talk, organised by the Young Member’s Panel of the Greater London Region will be held on the Friday 12th February 2016 from 17:30 to 21:00 at the Main Lecture theatre, IMechE, 1 Birdcage Walk, SW1H 9JJ.
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    17 February 2016 19:00 to 20:00
    Kingston University - Kingston-upon-Thames
    Join us for another interesting technical talk about the technology, applications, risk and UK regulatory influence associated with the use of UAV/Drones. Adam Bailey will take you through the history of drones, current frontier in drone development and their peace time use in the UK. You will hear about the current applications supplemented by Adam’s own experience as well as where the future drones are heading towards.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    18 February 2016 18:00 to 20:00
    Brunel University - Uxbridge
    Meir Greenfeld from Aker Solutions will be giving a talk on his extensive experience of subsea production systems and the current state of technology. The lecture will appeal to anyone with an interest in the development of technology and its future application.
    Industry: Offshore engineering
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    18 February 2016 18:00 to 21:00
    *Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - London
    The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. The design and build of the carriers have brought some unique challenges that have often required novel solutions. This lecture discusses some of these challenges and how they were resolved.
    Industry: Defence
  • 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: Committee meeting or AGM
    02 March 2016 19:00 to 20:00
    Kingston University, Town House 103 - Kingston Upon Thames
    Annual General Meeting of the Greater London South West Area panel
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    05 March 2016 16:00 to 00:00
    Whitechapel Bell Foundry - London
    The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is listed as Britain’s oldest manufacturing company. It was established in 1570 and has been in continuous business ever since. In fact, research has traced an unbroken line of founders in Aldgate and Whitechapel dating back to the year 1420. Whitechapel Bell Foundry’s business concentrates on the manufacture of bells, ranging from large bells for churches to hand bells and other small bells, and their associated fittings such as framework, clappers etc.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    17 March 2016 18:00 to 20:00
    Croydon & District Masonic Halls - West Croydon
    Annual General Meeting of GLR South East Area to be followed by Committee meeting
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • 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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