Welcome to the North Western Region

Welcome to the North Western Region, which has a total of 6864 registered IMechE members (2465 Affiliates; 1239 Associate Members; 2600 Members and 560 Fellows), covering South Cumbria,  West Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas.

Each Area is well served by a main Area Committee and a separate Young Members Panel who work tirelessly both together and independently with their local communities to engage their members through holding informative talks and visits, as well as striving to inspire the next generation of Engineers through involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational activities in schools and colleges.

The Region is also home to several thriving IMechE Divisions and Group’s; Automotive, Aerospace, Power, Manufacturing, Process and Railway Divisions, which along with the Area Committees and Young Member Panels, co-ordinate their activities across the Region through the IMechE North West Regional Committee. Despite the NW Region being a geographically large and diverse area, the Regional Committee endeavours to be accessible to all those that it represents by rotating it’s Quarterly Committee Meetings around the Region, going to each Area in turn throughout the year.

The Regional Committee also brings the entire Region together by hosting a Prestigious Annual Dinner once a year, where members along with representatives from the Region’s key Engineering Industries and Further Education providers, come together to celebrate the Engineering achievements of the North West Region.

The Region has a vast diversity of Engineering/Industry, with large National and International companies working in the Nuclear, Ship Building and Aeronautical sectors, as well as thriving Small Medium Enterprise companies with specialties in Automobile, Railways and Aeronautics located across the Region.

The Region has some of the top Engineering Universities in the country, including Universities in Lancaster, Manchester, Bolton and Preston, and is home to the IMechE’s University Design Challenge competition, which has it’s roots here in Greater Manchester and the North West Region, and is now a National IMechE Competition being adopted by other Regions across the country.

The Joint Institution Group in the North West has been led by the IMechE for the last 8 years with one of its main schemes being Engineering Your Future school career awareness days. It now runs 7 events across the North West, more than any other Region in the country, and these have become embedded in most STEM school and college calendars throughout the Region.
All Areas in the Region also run their own extensive education outreach programme with an extensive set of education resources available to all members.


David J Williamson CEng FIMechE
Honorary Chair - IMechE North Western Region
email: nwestchair@imechenetwork.org

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    07 September 2015 18:30 to 20:30
    David Lloyd Club - Chorley
    You are welcome to join the meeting and get involved with your local IMechE Aerospace committee - use the 'book now' link on the detail page to let us know you're interested.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk
    08 September 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    What can we learn from a five decades of experience investigating railway derailments at home and worldwide? Come and find out from Mike McLoughlin, who will entertain and inform us with the benefit of his unique career in this field, extensively illustrating his talk with case histories.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    09 September 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    Forum 28 - Barrow-in-Furness
    This talk will be held in the Main Hall. Please note the talk is FREE and open to Members and Visitors. Booking is NOT required. For further details please use contact below.
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Social Event
    10 September 2015 18:30 to 22:00
    The Vagabond - Whitehaven
    Join the IMechE and other professional institutions for a social and networking with other professionals. There will be a cash prize for the winner and free pizza is included! Contact the event organiser to enter a team.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    15 September 2015 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Gasification of coal generates a syngas which can be used for power generation, industrial heating and as a feedstock for chemical and petrochemical manufacturing. The talk will cover surface and underground coal gasification (UCG), and will suggest that UCG-CCS is a potential energy source for low carbon and large scale power generation, particularly for the UK which has offshore CO2 storage capacity and CO2 utilisation opportunities.
    Industry: Power Industries
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