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

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  • Event Type: Competition event
    04 March 2024 09:00 to 16:00
    Elevation Recruitment Group - Rotherham
    Demonstrate your presentation skills and competency in public speaking, by competing against other Young Members from across the Yorkshire Region, with cash prizes up for grabs!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    05 March 2024 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    Thermal processes account for the majority of energy use in the food and drink sector. Main focus has been on decarbonising heating, but cooling and refrigeration also play a major role on greenhouse gas emissions due to both direct refrigerant leakage and indirect energy use. Achieving net zero refrigeration in food and drink manufacturing will require understanding of what the emissions currently are, how to reduce those emissions and what innovation and policy levers can support this.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Social event
    05 March 2024 18:30 to 20:30
    The Library Pub - Leeds
    Get involved with the IMechE at a local level & join other like-minded young engineers at the Northern Area Young Members Panel monthly meeting.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 March 2024 18:00 to 20:30
    Ellison Building, Block A - Newcastle
    The new articulated Metrocars for the Tyne and Wear Metro system will replace the first generation of trains. The lecture will describe the new trains and depot, built by Stadler for Nexus. Room ELA002, Ellison Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Joint meeting with the Tyne and Wear Area
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    13 March 2024 10:30 to 12:45
    Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel - Pontefract
    Join the ICE Retired members for this talk by Professor Mark Trigg. Using the island of Dominica in the Caribbean as a case study, he explores the effects of hurricanes on rivers and consequently the bridges and road system on the island.
    Industry: Construction & building services
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