Message from the Chairman

Please explore this website and let us know what you think – there are sub-sites for each Area and the Young Members, but please don’t confine yourself to your nominal patch.

It's a great privilege to be elected as the Chairman of Thameswey Region and I'm really looking forward to the next two years. Our Region has a vibrant and diverse Engineering community and the indications are that there will be substantial increases in that community over the coming years. Industries in our Region include automotive, aerospace, bioscience, chemical, medical, nuclear, oil & gas - most with substantial R&D as well as production. No wonder our programme of events is of such a high standard and so well attended!

I would like to thank Alex Bond for his hard work over the past two years. I’m glad to say though that we will not be losing Alex’s talents and effort from the committee as Alex will be taking on the Educational Officer role going forward.

I’d also like to thank all the other people in the Thameswey Region who serve on our Area committees (Chiltern, Farnborough and Guildford, Oxford and Reading) and on our Young Members committee. Without the hard work, ideas and enthusiasm of these dedicated people there would be no talks, visits, educational activities, get registered events around the Region. So Thank You!

Thameswey is recognised by IMechE headquarters staff as being a very active and engaged Region, and my role going forward is to make sure it continues that way. To do that we need more active volunteers of all ages, industries and experience levels to work alongside the existing volunteers to continue to develop and enrich our programme of events.The task is probably not as onerous as you might imagine with volunteers meeting three or four times a year to develop the programme of events that you hopefully enjoy. But if you don't enjoy them and want to see a talk on something different then all the more reason to get involved!

In helping out you are helping to promote engineering to schools and colleges. Engineering offers a great career with lots of opportunities and the UK is going to be short of engineers in the near future which will impact our prosperity. And getting involved is a great way of demonstrating your commitment when seeking to move on within the Institution. In many instances we are able to provide additional training to help fulfil the requirements of specific roles and it's an excellent way to develop leadership skills which can only help you in your career.

If you are interested, please contact either me or your local Area Chair, and we will be pleased to explain in more detail what is involved.  You can contact us through the ‘Contact Us’ link on the right hand side of this page.

If you're not ready to help out (yet) that's fine but I do hope you'll be able to attend one or more of our events we've organised this season. Details of the events are given in the Events link at the right hand side, or under the respective Area headings. All of our events are open to everyone, member or non-member, practicing engineer or just interested, young or old.

Finally, we are always looking to evolve and improve the things that we do. If you have any comments or suggestions, on any aspect of what we try to deliver as a Region, please feel free to provide us with feedback. This is the only way that we will be able to provide you with what you are looking for from the Institution and locally - unless of course you're ready to get involved!

John McCarthy

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