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, where a recording of the event will be uploaded in due course. 

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: Technical lecture
    10 March 2021 18:30 to 19:30
    Online Webinar
    This is the final presentation in a series of 8 CPD lectures about steam - looking at thermal energy solutions being developed to address future industry challenges on issues such as sustainability and digitalisation.
    Industry: Energy transfer & thermofluid mechanics
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    11 March 2021 11:30 to 12:30
    Online Webinar
    This webinar is free and open to all. See below for information on how to book.
    Industry: Machine systems informatics & control
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    11 March 2021 18:30 to 20:30
    Virtual Event - ..
    Monthly committee meeting for the East Yorkshire members of the IMechE.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    22 March 2021 09:00 to 26 March 2021 17:00
    Virtual Event - ..
    A chance for young people to see some of the UK's most exciting STEM innovations and meet the people who design, build and operate them.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    22 March 2021 11:30 to 12:30
    Online Webinar
    A talk about the efforts taken to incorporate 3D printing into the pandemic response. PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK IS BEING REBOOKED FOR A DIFFERENT DAY. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.
    Industry: Manufacturing
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