Welcome to the Wessex Region

This site will provide information on events and activities being organised by the IMechE Wessex Region.  Please visit the Events section and I hope you find something of interest in your area. Should you need any further information please contact us

Welcome to the Events and Contacts pages on Near You for the Wessex Region.  Our Region covers activities organised by volunteer members in the Bournemouth, Dorchester & Weymouth, Portsmouth & Isle of Wight, Salisbury and Southampton Areas where <4000 members reside and/or work. If you have time to devote to volunteering please contact your local Area committee and get involved.  Even if you are too busy to volunteer, we would always be grateful for ideas for lectures and visits in your area.

There are a host of interesting events being arranged for you in the next few months, and so I urge you to scan the Near You events pages and book or register online.  The IMechE has just launched its improved website and the functionality of the Near You Bookings System has greatly improved.  Over coming months there will also be further upgrades and improvements in the mail and file management systems for the volunteer network.

Last year the Region hosted a visit by (the now) past President, Professor Richard Folkson, to the Salisbury Area and he presented membership certificates to new Fellows, Members, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians at an evening event in South Wiltshire UTC following a day of industrial visits to Qinetiq & DSTL. 

The Arnold Barks Memorial Christmas Lecture(s) for schools and members continues to be a highlight for the Region.  The University Design Challenge is gaining momentum with the Bournemouth team progressing to the finals in London in October.  We encourage you to get involved with our events across the Region, whether it be a lecture, visit, luncheon club, young member or schools activity.

This is now my second term in office as Wessex Region Chair and I would like to thank my predecessor Nick Schulkins for his sterling work over the past three years, leaving the Institution with a vibrant and active Wessex Region. I would also like to thank all the volunteers in the Region and Areas for their hard work as without their efforts and commitment, the delivery of the events in the Region would not be possible.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the workings of the IMechE’s Support Network.  This is a separate charity which seeks to support members and their dependents in times of need.  More details may be found by following the link:


Bob Walsh - CEng.FIMechE.

Wessex Region Chairman

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Please click the following link for the Wessex Region 2015 Annual Report; https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9p_2sAIjwv5OGN2OFdlVnhuWkE 

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