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, Gareth Cemlyn Jones
I recently took on the role of Regional Chairman for the Merseyside and North Wales Region from my predecessor Ron Faulkner. Ron will be a difficult act to follow and I’m sure you will all share my thanks to him for keeping our Region healthy and dynamic. Ron will continue to represent our Region within the IMechE Education Group.
My own background is Power Generation having worked on both nuclear plant and hydro power during my career. Establishing an effective future strategy to meet our long term energy needs remains one of the biggest challenges facing the UK. Successive indecision over the years has lead to the real possibility that our energy demand could exceed capacity. In my opinion it is important that we move forward with the new nuclear build as well as realise the exciting prospects of the tidal lagoon projects. Both offer low carbon alternatives to meet our needs. These large infrastructure projects also provide an essential focus for our young people to consider worthwhile careers in the engineering profession at all levels. The Energy Island initiative in Anglesey recognises this whilst supporting related training schemes in colleges across North Wales.
The shortage of engineers for our future is another challenge facing our profession. Our Institution, in common with other professional bodies, is working hard to encourage young people to consider engineering and STEM subjects as career options. In our Region we are pleased to promote STEM through events such as Engineering your Future (EYF), Big Bang and the Wales Rally. Thanks to Ron for the success of the annual EYF event which is moving from strength to strength. We are now running two events in the Region, in both Liverpool and Warrington. In addition we are pleased to present a number of Apprentice awards to various colleges across the Region and hope to extend this over the next year.
Those of you in North Wales will be familiar with the National Eisteddfod Festival which we support whenever the event is within our Region. This year the event was held in Meifod, mid Wales where we held a stand for a full week engaging with young people, providing a daily engineering challenge and career advice information. I’d like to extend a special thanks to the many volunteers that helped out during the week. Our next involvement in this event will be in 2017 when the Festival comes to Anglesey.
Our Regional, North Wales Area and Young member committees all work hard to engage with members as well as support outreach activities to encourage the next generation. If you feel you would like to join us in making a contribution to your Institution then please contact myself or one of the committee members. We are always on the lookout for new members to bring fresh ideas and vitality to our activities. We also welcome suggestions for events or visits, recommendations for speakers or offers of technical visits to companies or sites. If you or your company are in a position to help, then please do once again get in touch.
Finally, all of our upcoming events can be found here on our Near You pages, so please do take a look and book to come along to any that are of interest to you and / or your guests.
Gareth Cemlyn Jones
CEng FIMechE MNucl 1st December 2015
New Members' Event
Each year the region invites newly elected members to attend a celebration of their achievement. This year we held the event at Chester Zoo and invited those who in the previous twelve months obtained the status of EngTech, IEng, CEng or Fellow, along with their immediate families to celebrate. We are hoping to do the same for those new members for 2016 in September
As usual we recognised those partners and other guests who have helped these qualified engineers and so over 60 people attended the event.
Gareth Jones, 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.
The event started with a twilight tour of the zoo before everyone enjoyed a fantastic BBQ buffet.
This event was thoroughly enjoyed by all those being recognised and by their guests. Many congratulations to all the recipients.
We hope that this event will remain a regular fixture on the Regions programme of events.
Current and Future Events
Please click the event heading for further information.
Event Type: Annual dinner or luncheon
04 March 2016 19:00 to 05 March 2016 01:00
Chester Crowne Plaza Hotel
The ever popular Annual Dinner is taking place at the Chester Crowne Plaza on Friday 6th March 2016 sponsored GHA Livigunn and Unilever, with after dinner speaker, mountaineer Alan Hinkes. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Event Type: Technical visit
09 March 2016 13:00 to 15:00
RAF Valley Gate House
Members are invited to attend this visit to RAF Valley organised by the North Wales IET. Bookings need to be made before 26th February as the RAF require checks on attendees to be carried out.
Event Type: Committee Meeting
15 March 2016 18:00 to 20:30
Regional Committee Meeting to which any Regional member is invited to attend. For catering and parking purposes, please inform Nikki Barker of your intention to come along.
Event Type: Social event
16 March 2016 18:00 to 21:00
The Talardy Hotel - St Asaph
Interested in giving something back to the Engineering Profession? Ever wondered what is involved in running your local Area committee? Come along for a bite to eat and a chat and find out more.
Event Type: Committee Meeting
05 April 2016 18:00 to 20:00
North Wale Area Committee Meeting to which any Regional member is invited to attend. For catering and parking purposes, please inform Nikki Barker of your intention to come along.