2020: Does the IMechE have a clear vision?

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Talk or debate
13 November 2019 18:30 - 19:45
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Refreshments from 6:00pm
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Event Overview

The current three year plan for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is being developed by the Trustee Board for approval in December.  It will cover the date in January 2022 of the 175th anniversary of the Institution's formation in 1847.  Over those 175 years it is clear that many more organisations have come into existence that are also capable of delivering the IMechE’s core purpose “To give an impulse to invention likely to be useful to the world”.

Not the least of those of course are the 34 other engineering Institutions that have since been created and are now also registered with the Engineering Council.  That’s in addition to the trade associations, lobby groups, venture capital companies and indeed multinational corporations who are similarly well placed to “give an impulse”.

This talk will therefore cover the unique features and strengths of the IMechE that are argued still give it a relevance in the 21st Century.  By definition however that positioning cannot be the same as the one that stood our forebears in good stead.  The world has moved on and the Institution needs to as well.  The skill of the Trustees and indeed the input of the wider membership in being a part of that evolution will be explored.

Speaker's Biography
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Dr Colin Brown joined the Institution in May 2005 as Engineering Director, to support our work in responding to the key engineering challenges of this and subsequent generations. He is a thought leader on engineering, and is keen to work with the membership to gain consensus and set the agenda on the societal issues of the day.

After completing his first degree and PhD at Cambridge, Colin spent five years at Rolls-Royce working on life assessment techniques for jet engines and nuclear power plant. With a materials and fracture mechanics background, he first qualified as a Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Metals.

In 1985 he joined BP and took on roles that transformed him from a technical specialist into a business generalist. Always keeping a strong link with engineering and manufacturing, he has worked in many locations around the world. His business interests have been in composite materials, dynamic seals, metal refining and ultrasonic inspection. He also had a spell running the T&N Research Centre at Cawston subsequent to its acquisition by Federal Mogul.

His wide experience in research and commercial roles, as well as his experience of working with the membership over the last 13 years, gives Colin a useful perspective on his new role. He has a strong belief in the ability of all members to add value and to play a significant role in developing the profile and prestige of being a professional engineer.

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Dr Colin Brown CEng FIMechE FIMMM is the Chief Executive Officer (Interim) of the IMechE. He joined the Institution in May 2005 as Engineering Director.


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