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Yorkshire Region

Number 4468 Mallard


Yorkshire holds the distinction of being the very first Branch to be created within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in 2021 we celebrated 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 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, there was 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 were involved in making our centenary celebrations a success in 2021 and we wish all of our members the very best for the next 100 years!


As a result of the pandemic, the move to online webinars, meetings and activities has offered members a greater opportunity to participate in a wide range of events at a local, national and global level, and engage with the Institution from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

However, we also appreciate the value of being able to interact once again with fellow engineers, friends & family at "face-to-face" events and the benefits this has for many members.

We look forward to continuing to build upon our established series of virtual events within the Region and aim to deliver a hybrid programme of online webinars and "in person" events over the forthcoming year.

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 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: Technical lecture
    09 February 2023 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    The presentation will commence with an overview of mechanical sealing technology principles for liquid sealing, covering technological advancements and challenges in their design. The later focus of the talk is how mechanical sealing technology can be utilised to reduce environmental impact. Correct application of mechanical sealing technology and their associated auxiliary systems can reduce energy consumption, water usage and product escape to atmosphere.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Social event
    21 February 2023 18:30 to 19:30
    Join the East Yorkshire Young Members at their monthly meeting & get involved with the IMechE at a local level.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    22 February 2023 18:30 to 20:00
    Danum Gallery, Library and Museum - Doncaster
    Young members compete for cash prizes and the winner goes forward to HQ to participate against winners from other Centres for a £1000 award.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    23 February 2023 10:30 to 13:00
    Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel - Pontefract
    Abi Morgan will discuss the challenges faced and constraints overcome during the design and construction phases of this upgrade to the Hope Valley Line.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Annual dinner or luncheon
    10 March 2023 19:00 to 23:45
    Cutlers Hall - Sheffield
    Celebrate engineering achievements from across the Region amidst the prestigious surroundings of Sheffield's Cutlers' Hall.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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