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.

Regional Committee Member, Keith Wylie, Wins IMechE Visionary Award

We are delighted that our very own Regional Committee Member, Keith Wylie, has won one of this years IMechE Visionary Awards.  Keith collected his award at Birdcage Walk at the end of September and here is what he had to say when receiving his award.

"Firstly, a thank you to those people on the judging panel who took the time to nominate me for this award. Having been involved in nominating apprentices for awards before myself, I know it takes time and effort so thanks to those people.

It means a lot to receive this award and it’s always nice to be recognised for your work but in particular voluntary work. I must mention all those people volunteering just like I do to champion careers in engineering, particular mention to my colleagues in MNW region who do so much of this work. IMechE statistics tell us we are punching well above our weight when it comes to outreach and STEM event organisation.

I have won a visionary award so I thought it an appropriate time to share my EngTech vision….

I would like to see employers, particularly the large business employers embracing and driving the EngTech NOW initiative, supporting the next generation of engineers through their professional registration journey.

Likewise for those engineering technicians from our smaller businesses who may not have the same level of support, I would like to see them take it upon themselves and use their own initiative to strive forward with their professional registration journey.

These steps will help bridge the UK engineering skills gap, which we are all well aware of and rebuild our reputation as an engineering nation of excellence.

It is now being realised that we have a huge pool of talented technicians amongst the workforce and to ensure this reputation is to be rebuilt successfully, the EngTech grade must sustain steady growth. My work as an EngTech assessor is the most rewarding and inspiring of my voluntary work for the IMechE, I have been amazed at the level of professionalism and complexity of job roles of EngTech applicants who work within our UK engineering industry sectors.

Finally a message to EngTech’s and apprentices……

When I think back a few years to when I was completing my own apprenticeship, I was always guilty of concentrating on the end of my apprenticeship, thinking that was my end goal, however, as the years have passed I soon realised that we live in an ever changing technological world and a career in engineering is a lifelong learning journey. My message is to enjoy the journey, do not dwell on the future but ensure you get the most out of your engineering career because your final destination will most probably look quite different when you actually get there.

Thank you.

Keith Wylie Award

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
    12 December 2016 12:30 to 14:00
    Glyndwr University - Wrexham - Wrexham
    Jonathan Blackledge will consider why universities require new strategies in the search for institutional competitive advantage, the impact of the government white paper and how innovation can deliver step changes
    Industry: Other industry sectors
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    14 December 2016 19:30 to 21:00
    Room 017 Beswick Building - Chester
    The RAeS have invited members to attend this lecture on the development Graphene in Aerospace Composites - please not there is a £4 on the night charge for attendance
    Industry: Aerospace materials and structures
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    10 January 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    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.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    17 January 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Young Member (Developing Engineer) Panel Committe meeting and networking event. Anyone interest in networking, arranging events aimed at developing engineers and sharing experiences is more than welcome to attend.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    17 January 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Young Member (Developing Engineer) Panel Committe meeting and networking event. Anyone interest in networking, arranging events aimed at developing engineers and sharing experiences is more than welcome to attend.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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