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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.

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Membership and Professional Registration

The Global Management Development Team are experts in the process of membership and professional registration. They work with applicants globally, providing in-depth knowledge and advice. 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.

Find out what we get up to - "Introducing the IMechE Regions"

To get 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
    07 June 2023 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    In 2022, the IMechE’s 175th anniversary year, the Institution launched its report ‘A Manifesto for the Future of International Collaborative Engineering’ authored by Dr Tim Fox. The report looks at the challenges and opportunities for international engineering collaboration, especially in the light of the covid-19 pandemic, climate change and emerging geopolitical trends. The key benefit is access to technology, approaches, systems that are particularly high in one country but not in another.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    14 June 2023 14:00 to 17:00
    Langwith Junction Works - Shirebrook
    WH Davis manufacture and rebuild freight wagons for a variety of commodities at their Shirebrook works, from container flats to biomass hoppers and everything inbetween.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    27 June 2023 12:30 to 13:00
    Webex meeting - N/A
    We are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as an Engineering Technician, we are offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    27 June 2023 18:00 to 20:00
    Calderdale Industrial Museum - Halifax
    Join the Western Area Committee for their AGM, followed by a tour of 4 floors of fascinating exhibits in the museum.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    28 June 2023 18:00 to 20:00
    Virtual Event - ..
    Annual Automobile Engineering Competition for our Centre's young members. Any IMechE young member (30 or under) is welcome to present their automotive-related project to a small panel for a chance to win a prestigious IMechE trophy and cash prize! Groups or teams may also enter. Online event. Registration required. Counts towards CPD.
    Industry: Automobile
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