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.

I'm  privileged to have been elected as the Chairman of Thameswey Region.  Previously I was Chairman of the Farnborough & Guildford Area and have met local members to that area.  I intend to attend lectures within other areas so I look forward to meeting many more of you over the next two years.  The fact that we have such a varied lecture programme is due to the hard work of the people in the Thameswey Region who serve on our Area committees (Chiltern, Farnborough and Guildford, Oxford and Reading) and on our Young Members committee.  I extend my thanks to all of them and look forward to continuing to work with them.

I would like to thank John McCarthy for his hard work during his tenure as Chairman. I’m glad to say though that we will not be losing John as he will continue to be an active member of the Regional Committee. 

No doubt you are aware of the Special meeting that took place a few months back and the subsequent resignation of the CEO and President soon after.  I'm pleased to say that the worst of that turbulence appears to be behind us with the appointment of Colin Brown as our interim CEO and the election of Tony Roche as our 134th President.  As your Regional Chairman I represent you at both the Regional Strategy Board (RSB) and Council.  It was at the special Council meeting on 1st August that Tony was elected.  As a new members of RSB & Council it has been a challenging start to my tenure as Thameswey Chairman.  I'm pleased to report that, in my opinion, there is now a feeling of co-operation and consultation within the governance organisation.

Another more relaxing recent duty, was to present the IMechE prizes at the Engineering graduation ceremony at Surrey University.

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!

Martin Nash

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