About Us

The Area Committee exists to support the professional development of Institution members in Devon and Cornwall. We also hope to promote and celebrate engineering, encourage local people's engineering curiosity and inspire young people to consider engineering as a career.

Each year we hold an annual strategy meeting after our AGM to discuss our goals, visions and objectives for the upcoming year. See our short and long term objectives from this years strategy meeting below:

Long Term Objectives:

Long term objectives are the goals we have set for what we would like to achieve over the next 5 years. These goals will shape the strategy of the committee on how we would like to operate and our targets as we grow and develop as a committee.

  • ‘Be a Committee that is representative of local engineers (promote diversity)’
  • ‘Focus on the recruitment of new committee members, specifically young members to ensure longevity of the committee’
  • ‘Run the Cardboard Boat Race (CBR) 2022’.
  • ‘Create a well-developed brand image locally.’
  • ‘Establish Links with local interest groups, Institutions, and educational groups, Develop a partnership with five youth groups.’
  • ‘Enter an engineering competition or prestigious event.’

Short Term Objectives:

Short Term Objectives are the goals we would like to complete over the next year until the next Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • ‘Improve Communication to local members and interest groups, target specific groups and companies. Increase accessibility to committee meetings, ensure all committee meetings are ‘hybrid’ (location). Aim for 7 in Plymouth, 2 in Cornwall, 3 in Devon (not in Plymouth)’
  • ‘Continue social media strategy to increase social media footprint and be consistently active.’
  • ‘Diversify Continuous Professional Development (CPD) events. (Lectures, debates, tours etc.)’
  • ‘Continue links with local interest groups and institutions (South West Careers, RINA, IET, IMarEST, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Manufacturers Group).’
  • ‘Successfully plan and run the Plymouth IMechE CBR 2022’
  • ‘Hold minimum of 2 social events per year (1 in Devon, 1 in Cornwall).’
  • ‘Hold 3 Large CPD events per year.’
  • ‘Attend local careers fairs (Apprentice Careers Fair, direct approach to every secondary school and their careers fairs, Women in Stem Plymouth)’
  • ‘Increase the focus on Professional registration within the area by running MPDS Mentoring, Professional Registration sessions and create a link with the main IMechE to know when membership sessions are being ran and publicise in the local area. Promote the achievement of professional registration or fellowship of local members.’
  • ‘Promote engineering excellence in the area from both companies and members.’



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