Technical and Social Events

Our social and fund-raising activities are managed through Teesside Instrument Engineers, organising an Annual Dinner & Reunion, Annual Exhibition, Quiz, and occasional Clay Pigeon Shoot, the profits from which support our educational programme through technical lectures & external visits. 
Unless Indicated differently, lectures will take place in Room HO.53 Centuria Building, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BX.
Car parking 
– Please use the Centuria Carpark P13, accessible from Linthorpe Road, on the downloadable map. We shall endeavour to have the barrier on the Centuria Carpark P13 opened for the meetings.

About Us

It is believed that a meeting was convened in the Vane Arms on Stockton High Street in 1947 and this is attributed as the start of the North East Section. It is fitting that a pub should feature in the formative years as there is a strong social element to our activities.

Our first public lecture was by Sir George Paget Thompson, Institute President from 1944-48, Nobel Laureate in Physics, recognised for his discovery of the wave properties of the electron.

A number of the original committee were ICI employees, who went on to become Chairmen of the North East Section in the early days such as, Dr W. Jasper Clark (our first Chairman), Mr D. G. Underwood, Mr Charles Gregory and Mr Vic H. Brown, who was Head of the Instrument Service Station at ICI Wilton.

A number of our members have served as President, including David Bishop,  Prof Jim Anderson & Colin Howard. David Bishop played a prominent role in obtaining our Royal Charter and establishing the Institute in the international list of Professional Engineering Institutions. Colin Howard is the current Honorary Treasurer.

Jasper Clark was one of the pioneers of the science of flow measurement that eventually resulted in the standard for measuring flow in closed conduits, BS1042. He developed a slide rule for calculating flow measurement orifice diameters that was widely used until the advent of computer programmes.

North East Section has also been pioneering in creating the Instrument Engineers Handbook – a trade directory published by Malcolm McLeod and John Hemy that went on to become a national publication. We also upgraded the website to a Content Management System and maintained it for many years, through the good offices of Geoff Jones.


At the AGM held on the 8 October 2020  a proposal to change the name of the Teesside Section to North East Section was discussed under Any Other Business.
The proposal was voted on and subsequently accepted to change the name of the Teesside Section.

Effective imediately the Teesside Section will now be called the North East Section.


Our next Annual Exhibition is to be held on Wednesday 10th. November 2021, at the STEM Centre, Middlesbrough College, Dock Street, Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD. 

Our next Annual Dinner & Reunion will be on Thursday 9th March 2022 at the Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough.


Please check the Technical & Social Events TAB for details and any changes to our technical lecture programme. The lecture theatre is normaly Room HO53 in the Centuria Building.  Alternative lecture theatre sometimes used is Room OL7 in the Europa Building.
Car parking is in the Centuria Car Park, next to Centuria Building, Access is via Linthorpe Road and Southfield Road.

Educational Activities

We support our educational programme through sponsoring Teesside student subscriptions attending relevant courses at Teesside University and Technical Colleges in the area.

As a member of the Cleveland Scientific Institution, we support school pupils in educational activities, jointly with other Professional Institutes/Institutions on the Tees Valley area. Through this organisation, and independently, we sponsored the Bring It On North East Exhibition for Future Engineers at Sunderland Stadium of Light, attended by around 2400 pupils and 50 companies.

Harry Orr Award for Best Student Studying BEng Instrumentation and Control at Teesside University 2021

The Institute of Measurement and Control ( North East Section) awards the Harry Orr Award each year to the highest achieving final year BEng Instrumentation and Control student.

This year the candidate is Nicholas List.


Best Final Year Student Studying Instrumentation & Control at Redcar and Clevelend College 2018.

The Institute of Measurement and Control ( North East Section) make an award each year to the highest achieving 2nd year HNC Instrumentation and Control student

Best Student Award for Academic Achievement Studying Instrumentation and Control at Redcar and Clevelend College

This year the candidate is Michael Wallis

Michael has achieved 7 Distinctions and 1 Merit out of the 8 modules he has studied at Redcar and Cleveland College whilst studying for his HNC

With these distinguished grades Michael will be awarded a HNC with overall Distinction from Teesside University

Michael currently works for Wood (formally AMEC Foster Wheeler) on the SABIC UK Petrochemicals site  as a instrument maintenance technician.

His hobby’s are walking over the moors with his four dogs and motor-sport, taking part in track days.


Hartlepool College – Celebration of Achievement 2017

The winner this year of the Teesside Instrument Engineers’ Best Student Award is Mr Tom Price. Tom’s application throughout his two years of studying HNC Instrumentation and Control Engineering at the College has been excellent. He’s successfully balanced working as a service engineer at Metso UK Limited in Seaham with his college work to achieve Distinctions in seven modules. The lecturing team at the College commend Tom on his application and motivation in lectures and the quality of assessment work he submitted. Of particular note is his engineering project where he was keen to apply his knowledge of instrumentation to solve a real engineering problem - development of a valve seat removal tool, which is now being used to reduce valve service time and so save time and money for Metso and its customers. Tom is pictured receiving his award from Mr David Otterson representing Teesside Instrument Engineers.

Past Events

Hitachi Rail at Newton Aycliffe visit

Group photo of some of the  North East members and guests  after completing a guided tour of Hitachi Rail at Newton Aycliffe, on 22 February 2018.


InstMC North East Section members and their guests had a very pleasant experience with some of the party missing out on the group photo as they were too engrossed in the Trains and the power sources. From the smiles on the faces it proves the visit was enjoyed by all.



North East Section on Target – Some of the Time

The photo shows members of the North East Section and their guests after an enjoyable evening shooting clays. On a long warm June evening, two days after the summer solstice, we enjoyed good company, good food and a varied set of challenges in the shooting.


Committee Members

Committee Members

Chairman: Richard Leng

Honorary Secretary: Mike Vowell

Honorary Treasurer: Norman Harrison

Membership Promotion: David Otterson

Dinner Secretary: please contact John Noon

Exhibition Secretary: Ian Tyzack

Programme Secretary Colin Mather