Welcome to the Autumn 2018 update
from IMechE West Cumbria Area


Welcome to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers West Cumbria Area Autumn/Winter update. It gives me great pleasure to write this welcome as newly elected Honorary Chair of the IMechE West Cumbria Area Committee.

I would like to thank my predecessor, Simon Mandale for his sterling work over the past few years and hope that I, and the rest of the committee, can build on this. Before introduce the upcoming proceedings, I thought it might be useful if I introduce myself to you.

My name is Caroline and I currently work at Iggesund Paperboard in Workington as Mechanical Engineering Manager. I joined the company in 2015 after working for 14 years in the Nuclear Industry as a Consultant Engineer with another well-known local firm, REACT Engineering, following graduating from Newcastle University with a MEng and returned to her native Cumbria.  I am a Chartered Member of the IMechE and have been an active member of the West Cumbria committee for more than 10 years.

My career in engineering was inspired as a result of spending many formative years with my father who was a welder-fabricator, and seeing engineering first hand. This interest developed and, as I got older, work placements affirmed my desire to study engineering. I am particularly passionate about promoting engineering to local young people and explaining how they can get into the industry. I am a registered STEM Ambassador and really enjoy being invited to speak at local schools to talk about my engineering journey.

Outside of work and the IMechE, I am married and have two children. I enjoy horse-riding and I’m a Level 1 qualified rugby league coach - to which end I volunteer at Aspatria Hornets.

Back to the IMechE, I am delighted to announce that we have now commenced our Autumn season, which is building to be another busy programme of events - details of which can be found on the back page of this Newsletter. You can find more information about each event by visiting our IMechE area website which is located at the bottom of this page. As ever, please make sure that you book in advance as these events do fill up quickly.

Within this Newsletter you will also find articles about the talks and visits we have held so far this year. We have delivered talks on managing flood risks and Elastomers (a specialist engineering material), as well as visits to places like the Lake District Creamery in Aspatria to discover the production process of cheddar cheese, and a visit to the National College for Nuclear to understand more about this exciting new education and skills training facility.

On the Educational Outreach front, at Lakes College on the same day as the Annual Dinner, we held a highly successful STEM event called ‘STEM-Sport’ which was in conjunction with M-Sport and administered by REACT Foundation). Here, we engaged with over 140 Primary School students with a number of STEM activities centred around the award winning M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC rally car and the engineering that has gone into it. You can read more about STEM-Sport later in this Newsletter.

The Annual Dinner took place on Thursday 28th June at Lakes College and we were honoured to welcome President of the IMechE for 2018-19, Geoff Baker as well as our guest speaker, Perry McCarthy aka The Stig, which was a crowd pleaser. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors ARUP, Lakes College West Cumbria, BEP Projects, Atkins, Jacobs, North West Projects, Iggesund and Wood Group for their continued support. Without them, we would not be able to grow and develop our educational initiatives. I would like to thank all those who made donations to support our chosen charities; Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, Great North West Air Ambulance and Hospice at Home (West Cumbria).

I look forward to seeing you at one (or more) of our events and encourage you to get involved with your local IMechE.

With best wishes.

Caroline Hamilton CEng MIMechE
Honorary Chairman – IMechE West Cumbria Area


Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

The IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner is a non-profit making event for the Institution; however it aims to generate sufficient funds to allow a range of educational initiatives to take place within the county.  In order to make such an event possible we rely on the support and sponsorship of key organisations and IMechE members. It also helps local companies demonstrate a positive Social Impact.

Planning has already started for the 2019's Annual Dinner,
which we hope will be equally as good if not better than this year, and we'd love for you to be one Sponsors. Preparations will soon be underway. As in previous years there will be a number of sponsorship opportunities, with a range of costs and associated benefits. Please contact Caroline Hamilton for information. 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    15 November 2018 13:30 to 15:00
    Derwent House, - Workington
    An opportunity to visit a company with a long heritage in Cumbria, Derwent Pencils, formally known as the Cumberland Pencil Company Limited. The company has been making pencils in Cumbria for over 175 years, originally at Keswick, but now at a new manufacturing facility at Lillyhall, Workington. The visit will include a brief talk on the company’s long history followed by a tour of the factory while production is taking place.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    29 January 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    NEW DATE: Decarbonising Bricks and Mortar: Using property as a springboard for low carbon technology adoption. A talk by local company British Energy Coast (BEC), on how it is putting low carbon at the heart of its local development.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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