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.
Visit from the President - March 2016
The Region was visited by the IMechE President, Professor Richard Folkson, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th March 2016, which culminated with him attending the Annual Dinner, at The Crown Plaza, Chester on Friday night.
An informal dinner was held with some of the Regional Committee on Thursday evening, when the President got to learn about much of the work that local volunteers are involved with, including judging at the annual EESW schools competition in Wales, hosting 2 Engineering Your Future events each year, the active schools engagement programme that the Region runs, 'Most Improved Apprentice Awards' along with the Annual programme of events for Regional members and their guests.
On Friday, the President was taken on visits to Airbus in Broughton, Flow Products in Preston Brook and Heat Trace Ltd in Helsby. On each of the sites, the President found out about the companies themselves, the involvement with IMechE by their staff along with engagement with some staff members. At the end of each site visit, the President presented a small gift from himself to the company representative. The Region would like to thank everyone for the support for these visits.
The day ended with Richard attending the Merseyside and North Wales annual dinner, which was sponsored by GHD Livigunn and Unilever and supported by ABB - all companies operating in our Region. The dinner was attended by over 160 people not only from the sponsor companies and their guests, but also, Asststem, Chester University, Codex Interity, DRB, ESSAR, Heat Trace Ltd along with Regional Members, Committee Members and their guests. The President made the opening address and the after dinner speech was provided by Alan Hinkes, OBE, who spoke about the challenges for scaling the worlds 14 highest peaks. We are delighted to say that the event raised over £1300 to be split between The Support Network and ABBs supported charity, MacMillan Cancer Care.
The date for next year has been set as Friday 3rd March, so if you were not lucky enough to attend this years event, put the date in your diary for next year.
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: Technical lecture
09 May 2016 19:00 to 20:00
Glyndwr University - Wrexham - Wrexham
At this Joint Institution Group event for the North Wales Area, attendees will get to hear about the current and future options for electrical energy generation.
Industry: Power & energy
Event Type: Committee Meeting
10 May 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: Technical visit
20 May 2016 13:30 to 15:00
Toyota Motor Manufacturing - Flintshire
This rare opportunity to visit the Toyota Manufacturing Plant at Deeside, has extremely limited numbers so please book your place as soon as possible
Event Type: Technical visit
24 May 2016 18:00 to 20:00
Electroimpact UK Ltd - Hawarden
Members are being offered the opportunity to tour the facilities of Electroimpact, a world leading aerospace tooling and automation company. This event is bound to prove extremely popular and as places are limited please book as soon as you can.
Industry: Aerospace materials and structures
Event Type: Technical visit
27 May 2016 13:00 to 17:00
Dolgarrog Power Station - Nr Conwy
Members have the opportunity to participate in a behind the scenes visit to RWE's Innogy Site at Dolgarrog. Numbers are strictly limited and as such booking is essential. This visit is bound to be popular, so book now.
Industry: Renewable energy