Scottish Region Annual Dinner 2015

24th October 2014

7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

Dress Code - Black Tie

Networking. Dining. Entertaining

Celebrate your company's achievements alongside top business figures at the Scottish Region's most prestigious event.

Take the opportunity to entertain clients, network with new contacts and reward staff at this Dinner.  Over 400 engineers attended the 2013 event, celebrating with industry partners in a luxurious environment.  Join them this year to make sure you're in the right position to build on your company's success. 


This year’s Dinner will again be held in the luxurious surroundings of the Radisson BLU Hotel, Glasgow.  Further details for the venue can be found via the following link:



Chancellor The Rt. Hon the Lord Smith of Kelvin, University of Strathclyde.

Lord Smith is one of Scotland’s leading business figures and currently chairs the organising committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Robert Smith was educated at Allan Glen’s School before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1968. He went on to work for the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation - now the 3i Group - before holding senior posts with National Commercial and Glyns Ltd, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Charterhouse Bank.

He joined Morgan Grenfell in 1989 as CEO and Chairman and spent 12 years with the company. During this period, he also served as Chairman of National Museums of Scotland, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a Governor of the BBC. In 1999, he was knighted for services to Scotland’s museums.

Lord Smith is currently chairman of SSE, Weir Group and the UK Green Investment Bank and is a non-executive director of Standard Bank Group South Africa. 

He became a member of the House of Lords in 2008, as an Independent Crossbench Peer. He is alsoPresident of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons and Patron of Foundation Scotland - formerly the Scottish Community Foundation.

Lord Smith was appointed Chancellor of Paisley University - now University of the West of Scotland - in 2003, a position he held until September 2013. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and West of Scotland.

He is married to Alison, Lady Smith, and has two daughters.

Bill Copeland

Bill Copeland is a former lawyer who practised in Scotland. He was born in Govan, a quaint fishing village on the banks of the Clyde, home to Sir Alex Ferguson and Billy Connelly.

Bill has been a regular outstanding performer on the after-dinner speaking circuit for several years now, building up an unrivalled portfolio of experience in handling the entire range of speaking assignments. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country from Wick to the Channel Islands and even ventured out into the North Sea to the oil rigs off Norway! - entertaining clients. Corporate events for leading government bodies, major national and multi-national businesses, professional bodies and trade associations sporting dinners for football clubs, major and minor rugby dinners, posh and proletarian golf club prize givings, annual dinners and days out, prestigious and humble Burns Nights and Rotary Clubs all have warmed to the unique brand of Copeland humour. Bill's mission statement as a speaker is to follow his grandfathers old adage - Always leave them begging for more! - which was the very attitude that led to his granddad being struck off as the world's worst anaesthetist! 

Bill's wit has also hit the airwaves as a guest on BBC Radio Scotland's early morning topical news and chat programme The Fred McAulay Show.


Corporate packages are available to all companies.  By reserving a corporate package you will receive 10 Annual Dinner tickets (one full table) and your company will be highlighted in all promotion in the lead-up to and on the night of the event.  We can accommodate tables of up to 12, please contact us for more information.

Individual Tickets are also available.

Bookings are now being taken and places will be allocated once payment is received. Please download the Dinner Booking Form (2014), fill and return it to the Dinner Secretary via email or post. Please note we cannot offer refunds for cancellations.  For further details please contact the Dinner Secretary, Abhishek Bhatia at

We have negotiated an accommodation rate of £99/ £111 (Single/ Double) B&B per room. Please book directly with the hotel on 0141 204 3333 and mention “Institution of Mechanical Engineers” when making your booking. Please note that these prices will only be held by the hotel until 24th of September, 2014.

Please liaise directly with the hotel regarding pre-ordering drinks, wine no later than 13th October 2014. Please find the attached wine pre-order form.

We thank the following organisations who have kindly provided sponsorship for last year's Annual Dinner:





















2014 Annual Dinner Photos

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