Yorkshire Region

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2021 is a very special year for the Yorkshire Region.

Yorkshire holds the distinction of being the very first Branch to be created within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and this year we celebrate our centenary. The inaugural meeting was held in Leeds on the 14th February 1921, and after initially being known as the "Leeds Branch", it was later renamed the Yorkshire Region in 1998.

The past 100 years have seen many changes in the world of engineering and Yorkshire has been at the forefront of innovation and technology. The Region is home to many leading engineering companies and is also at the cutting edge of research, which is shown in the breadth and expertise of our membership.

On the 12th February 2021 we were delighted to hold an online Centenary Celebration Event, with the President, Terry Spall, amongst our line-up of speakers, reflecting on the success of the Region and our past and present activities. If you missed this event, you can catch-up via the IMechE Webinar Hub. 

We also take great pride in our newly published book -  “Yorkshire: A Centenary of the IMechE's Oldest Region". Written by one of our past Regional Chairs, Ashley Crossland CEng FIMechE MIET, with contributions from Terry Spall (President), Luke Farmer (current Yorkshire Region Chair) and items from our other Area Committees, the 72 pages and illustrations suitably celebrate the formation of our Region and recount its success. Follow the link to view the book or to download your copy.

Also, did you catch the centenary article  “From Birdcage Walk”, also written by Ashley Crossland, in Issue 1 2021 of Professional Engineering?  

Our sincerest thanks go to all who have been involved in making our centenary celebrations a success and we wish all of our members the very best for the next 100 years!



Due to COVID-19, many of our planned events in 2020 regrettably had to be postponed or cancelled. We hope to be in a position to reschedule some of these during the forthcoming year, as well as continuing to build upon our newly established series of virtual events within the Region. 

The move to online webinars, meetings and activities offers members a greater opportunity to participate in an extensive range of events at a local, national and global level, and makes it easier to get involved with the Institution from the comfort of your own home.

We hope to be able to make a return to some face-to-face events within our programme in the not-too-distant future.

Outine map of Yorkshire Region

Your local committees

Your Business Development Manager

Denis Healy has been the Business Development Manager for the Yorkshire Region since 2008, acting as the Institution's primary link with the region's organisations, industry and academia to develop and support the engineering community whilst maintaining strong links with a network of key contacts. Learn more.

Get involved

There are many initiatives going on in this region and there are plenty of great opportunities for you to be involved. This includes for example becoming a mentor and sharing your experience to help others develop, running an event, or joining one of our committees.

To become involved with the Institution's activities in Yorkshire, contact Nicky Baxter.

Contact us

If you have any ideas on how we could improve what we offer then we would very much like to hear from you. Contact us.


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    02 December 2021 18:00 to 19:00
    Online Webinar
    How to become professionally registered as CEng/IEng using your career learning instead of a degree.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    03 December 2021 11:30 to 12:30
    Invention and innovation are often confused but they are far from being the same thing. When we come up with an exciting and original new idea, somebody might proclaim it “innovative thinking”, but by itself that idea is not an innovation. It is simply an invention, possibly a great invention, but at that point the hard work is still to be done. Innovation is that hard work. It is the process of turning that idea into something of value.This third webinar in the series “Impulses to Innovation”
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Social event
    07 December 2021 18:00 to 19:00
    Online Webinar
    Formula Student team representatives from our local universities will give a short talk about their aims, aspirations and challenges for the year ahead and will have the opportunity to network with other teams. Event is free to attend and counts towards CPD.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 December 2021 18:30 to 20:00
    The usual mix of enjoyable railway-related films, chosen by Richard Gibbon and Derek Rayner.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    14 December 2021 18:00 to 19:00
    Virtual Event - ..
    Join the East Yorkshire Young Members at their monthly meeting.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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