About Us

The Wessex Section's Executive Committee are always keen to receive enquiries from engineering professionals with the following ambitions:

  • those interested in joining the Institute of Measurement & Control in any of the available membership grade categories for which they are deemed qualified / experienced;
  • any existing InstMC members wishing to register with the UK's Engineering Council (EngC). This can only happen, via the InstMC's license, after successfully joining the InstMC to then make application to the EngC (direct link). The InstMC can then arrange to conduct the necessary Professional Review Interviews to support the EngC forms[1];
  • any Companies interested in joining the Institute's Companion Company Scheme (CCS)[2];
  • any individuals with a desire to help out, in any capacity - however small / large, with the smooth running of the Wessex Local Section's activities: New faces with fresh ideas welcome to provide an element of change to the traditional format which has enjoyed much success;
  • any individuals or companies interested in providing, or participating in, technical presentations with a suitable subject-matter; and/or new topic ideas / meeting venues / collaborations that may raise the popularity of our local events. 

The Wessex Section Executive Committee would therefore urge professional engineers / technicians / students of engineering, from every level of experience and age-group - who are resident in, or travelling though, the area - to seize the opportunity to attend some of our local events and enter into dialogue with us. Let us also discuss and investigate where we may be able to assist with yourProfessional Development* effort and acitivities.

You can be assured of a friendly welcome and good networking atmosphere at the Wessex Section events.

Technical and Social Events


Wednesday 11th January
AGM Evening

Venue and event details to be confirmed


Friday 3rd March
Annual Dinner Dance

Venue: Wessex Hotel, Bournemouth, BH2 5EU
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Contact: Alan Franks (InstMC Wessex Chairman) by clicking: here


Friday 16th June
Annual Golf Day

Contact: Karen Windebank (organiser) by clicking: here

Past Events

Lessons from Buncefield


“Lessons From Buncefield”. The Wessex Section of the Institute of Measurement and Control organised this lecture at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, on 17th Oct 2012.

Colin Howard





The lecture was delivered by Colin Howard. Colin is a Past President of the Institute and was an expert witness to the court during the criminal prosecutions which followed the Buncefield incident. Colin continues to be involved in the developments which have followed the incident.

 The evening started with a presentation of a cheque for £310 to Mike Denny of Oakhaven Hospice Trust. The money was raised by a raffle held during the annual Wessex Section Golf Day. Thanks are due to all those who supported this event earlier in the year.

The Lecture:

Colin Howard introduced the subject of the Buncefield explosion by reminding us that it was the largest peacetime explosion in the UK, and measured 2.4 on the Richter scale.

AudienceAlthough a very major and notable event there have been other similar incidents around the world. This highlights the importance of learning lessons from incidents in order to continue to reduce risks associated with hazardous material processing and storage.

The point which Colin stressed is the fact that - although individual components might be discussed and their performance subject to scrutiny - it was a whole list of management failures which lead to the explosion. Just of few of the examples cited by Colin follow:-

  • Health and Safety focussed on trips slips, and falls. Important no doubt, but the site had other hazards which also needed to be addressed.
  • Names of key pieces of equipment were unclear and current documentation was very poor if it could be found at all.
  • Competence was assumed rather than specified and checked.
  • The contractual relationships between various companies operating on the site and their sub-contractors were unclear; with the individual companies having different understanding of a relationship.

Colin described and explained how a number of both technical and operational details combined to create a highly dangerous situation.  

The lecture was enjoyed by all who attended. The Wessex Section Committee would like to thank Colin for giving up his time to deliver the lecture. Additionally we would like to congratulate Colin on the award of the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute at the Institute’s Annual Awards Evening. This prestigious event took place at the Glaziers Hall in London on the 18th October.Sponsors

Finally the Committee would like to thank Vega Controls; Schneider Electric; MRCTransmark; Hima Sella; Haden Freeman Group and Assentech for their generous support of the event.

Committee Members



Alan Franks


Nigel Bushrod

Honorary Secretary

Andy Leagas

Honorary Treasurer

Alan Lawes

Education Officer

Cevn Vibert

Visits Programme Officer

Graham Dunkley*

Social Officer


Web Site Officer


Professional Development Officer

Andy Hudson

Membership Promotion Officer


Training and CPD Officer


Dorset Company Liaison Officer

Position Cancelled

Wessex West Company Liason Officer 

Position Cancelled

Hampshire Company Liaison Officer

Position Cancelled

North Hants Company Liaison Officer

Position Cancelled

Wessex East Company Liason Officer 


Contractor Liason Officer

Position Cancelled

Past Chairman Ex-Officio

Graham Dunkley

Past Treasurer Ex-Officio




InstMC email address wessex@instmc.org