Welcome to the Merseyside and North Wales Region
The Region looks to serve our 3000 plus members by providing an informative, interesting and exciting range of events, engaging with local business and promoting engineering.
The three committees that make up the Merseyside and North Wales Region; the Regional Committee, the North Wales Area Committee and the Young Member Committee are formed of committed volunteers who want to give something back to the profession. If you are interested in getting involved, please come along to any of our committee meetings that you find advertised on these pages.
A few words from our Chairman, Ron Faulkner
I took on the role of Regional Chairman at the end of May 2013, having completed 2 years as vice chairman and being co-chairman of the Region's Education Committee. I have been involved with the Region for approximately 7 years. During this time I am very proud of our achievements. We have been running the 'Most Improved Apprentice Awards' working with a number of colleges in our Region to identify young people who are working hard in their apprenticeships. The fourth ‘Engineering Your Future’ event will take place in Liverpool in October, aimed at encouraging 6th Form students from local schools into a career in engineering. And as IMechE and STEM ambassadors, we have been supporting local schools and colleges with their careers events. If you have a passion for encouraging young people into an engineering career, then I would love to hear from you. I can be contacted via the Regional Secretariat or email@example.com
Our Region is made up of 3 committees, the Regional Committee, the North Wales Area and the Young Members Committee. All are run by volunteers who give their time to organise a programme of events that we hope will be informative and of interest to our members and their guests, as well as providing networking opportunities and the chance to have some fun - particularly at the annual Engineering Dinner. All of our events are open to members and their guests and most are free, so please do come along to any that are of interest to you. Please book onto these events via the Near You pages, as it assists us with catering and parking requirements - of course if you realise at the last minute that you can make an event please do just come along (unless it is a restricted numbers event when booking is definitely required).
All of the Committee meetings are open to any member in the Region to attend, so if you would like to find out more about what is happening in the IMechE and in your Region then please do come along. We are always open to new ideas for events or visits, recommendations for speakers, or offers of technical visits to companies and sites. If you or your company are in a position to assist us, then please do get in touch.
One of the highlights of our year is the annual Merseyside and North Wales Engineering Dinner. The 2014 dinner will again take place at the Chester Crowne Plaza (with the support of GHA Livigunn) on Friday 7th March. Details of our after-dinner speaker are currently being finalised (details here shortly) and of course there will be the ever popular 'Fun Casino' to round the evening off. Last year’s event raised over £2000 which was split between the 'Support Network' (formerly the IMechE Benfund) and MacMillan Nurses (which thanks to ABB Consulting was doubled). The event is an excellent way to network with other engineers in the Region; to entertain your clients; thank staff for their hard work or enjoy an evening with your partner and friends. So why not book a table for your company or purchase some tickets for yourself and / or a guest or two. I look forward to leading the Region forward over the coming 2 years and I hope to see many of you at one or two (hopefully more) of our events. If you have any thoughts or comments on what we in the Region should be doing, then please do come along to one of our meetings or drop me a line.
Ron Faulkner, CEng, FIMechE.
Improving the world through engineering.
New Members' Event
Each year the region invites newly elected members to attend a celebration of their achievement. Last year we held the event at Jodrell Bank and invited those who in the previous twelve months obtained the status of EngTech, IEng, CEng or Fellow. We are hoping to do the same for those new members for 2013 in October
As usual we recognised those partners and other guests who have helped these qualified engineers and so a total of nearly fifty people came to Jodrell Bank.
Phil Baker, Regional Chair, introduced the event and with other members of the Region Committee congratulated all on their election to the Institution. Certificates were presented and, as usual, all were encouraged to attend the Region’s various events in the coming year and even consider joining the committee.
This was followed by an excellent lunch and then a presentation by a Jodrell Bank scientist.
The talk covered the history of the site and particularly the ground breaking work undertaken by Sir Bernard Lovell from the early 1930’s until his death earlier this year. We learnt about the universe, stars and our own galaxy. In particular, we heard about the current work Jodrell Bank is involved with in Australia, a major project involving many counties with the UK and Jodrell Bank in particular being the leader.
After the talk, the members were invited to visit the various exhibits in the discovery centre and walk round the world famous telescope. With particularly good weather this was indeed a memorable and enjoyable event for our new members and their guests.
Current and Future Events
Please click the event heading for further information.
Event Type: Technical Visit
29 May 2015 13:00 to 16:00
Cammell Laird - Head Office - Birkenhead
The YM committee have been able to secure this fantastic opportunity for members to visit the Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead. Numbers are strictly limited so please book to secure your place.
Industry: Non Industry Specific
Event Type: Technical Visit
09 June 2015 18:00 to 20:00
Tour the Veolia site at Ellesmere Port and learn about the High Temperature Incinerator that is in operation there. This event is to be held jointly with IGEM North Western Section.
Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
Event Type: Seminar
16 June 2015 09:00 to 16:00
The OpTic Centre - St Asaph
This free seminar celebrating the International Year of Light and the Welsh Festival of Innovation is open to IMechE members and guest, but pre-booking is required.
Industry: Non Industry Specific
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