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Get more from your Institute Membership - engage with the local Wessex Section.....

  • Attend technical seminars
  • Participate in profession related visits
  • Meet new and established Members along with other practising engineers and suppliers
  • Help inspire the young to join our profession
  • Maintain your Continuing Professional Development - CPD
  • Get involved, be part of your Institute
  • For more information contact:  alan.franks@instmc.org

Seminars, Visits & Social Events


  • Wessex Seminar programme endeavours to reflect the interests of its members and their CPD requirements
  • Members and visitors are welcome
  • Your suggestions are important to ensure we cover a wide range of interests contact:  andrew.hudson@instmc.org

  • Next Seminar: 
    • Date:  20 March 2019, 6:30pm Onward
    • Subject:  Self Powered Accoustic Sensors and how to get the most from their Data   
    • Presenter:  Jeremy Fearn, Emerson Automation Solutions
    • Location:  The Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst SO43 7AS
    • Detail: 
      • 6.30pm Arrival
      • 7:00pm Presentation by Jeremy Fearn
      • 8:00pm Social Buffet provided by Emerson Automation
      • 8:45pm Close
    • Jeremy holds a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is in his 40th year with Emerson.  He started as a commissioning engineer for control systems, covering Europe, Middle East & Africa moving onto Technical Support and then Worldwide Product Engineering.  He has been with WirelessHART products for 12 years and was a member of the original team who introduced WirelessHART products into Europe

  • Planned Seminar: 
    • Date:  TBA
    • Subject:  TBA
    • Presenter, Location & Detail:  TBA

  • Previous Seminars: 
    • Date:  07 March 2018
    • Subject:  An Overview of Level Measurement Technologies
    • Presenter:  Gordon Lindsay, ABB
    • Location:  The Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst SO43 7A
    • Date:  06 June 2018
    • Subject:  Industrial Cyber Security for Measurement & Control Systems
    • Presenter:  Cevn Vibert, Vibert Solutions Ltd
    • Location:  University of Southampton, Building 19, Room 3011 (Nav Post code SO17 1BJ)
    • Date:  17 October 2018
    • Subject:  Control Valve Design & Selection
    • Presenter:  Bill Chell, METSO
    • Location:  The Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst SO43 7A 


  • Visits are organised when appropriate opportunities arise.  
  • Typically these will be plant operations, supplier manufacturing works, education facilities etc. evenings preferred, 1 to 2 hours duration and nominally 20 attendees 
  • Your suggestions invited contact:  alan.franks@instmc.org
  • Next Visit: 
    • Date:  TBA
    • Visit:  TBA
    • Location & Detail:  TBA

Social Events.....

  • The section organises Social Events throughout the year including in   previous years Dinner Dances, Golf Days, Social Dinners etc
  • These serve  as opportunities to meet and socialise with other members, engineers, academics, suppliers etc 
  • They enable the Section to raise funds to support the Institutes activities in the area
  • The Section also makes donations to local charities including Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Oakhaven Hospice
  • Next Event:
    • Date:  14 June 2019
    • Event:  Wessex Annual Golf Day
    • Location:  Wellow Golf Course, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BD
    • TEAM & INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES INVITED NOW, contact  alan.franks@instmc.org  for details



Wessex Section Committee & Meetings

Wessex Section has an elected Committee to organise Institute activities in the area. An AGM is held in January/February followed by the first of a further three committee meetings throughout the year.

These are open meetings, members and guests are encouraged to  participate.  Whilst the Section is centred on Southampton we are keen to involve remote support via Skype.

Contact:  alan.franks@instmc.org

Wessex Section Committee 2018

            Chairman                                             Alan Franks 

            Vice Chairman                                     Nigel Bushrod (Past Chairman) 

            Secretary                                              Vacant (Covered by Andy Leagas)

            Treasurer                                             Alan Lawes

            Seminars                                              Andy Hudson

            Visits                                                      Vacant (Covered by Graham Dunkley)

            Education                                             Cevn Vibert

            Website & Data Protection                Vacant (Covered by Alan Franks)

            Social                                                     Vacant

            Committee Member                           Andy Leagas

            Committee Member                           Graham Dunkley (Past Chairman)

            Committee Member                           Andy Hunt

            Committee Member                           Vacant


Committee Meetings 2019

13Mar’19                  AGM & Committee Mtg               Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane

                                   6:30 for 7:00pm start                  Nr Romsey, SO51 6BD

22May’19                  Committee Mtg                             TBA

02Oct’19                   Committee Mtg                             TBA                  


Wessex Diary 2019

11Feb’19                  SETA Apprentice Open Eve         SETA

13Mar’19                 AGM & Committee Mtg               Wellow Golf Club

20Mar’19                 Seminar  Wireless Accoustic       Forest Lodge Hotel


01May'19                Visit                                                   TBA

05Jun'19                  Seminar                                           TBA 

14Jun’18                  Annual Golf day                             Wellow Golf Club

25Jul’19                   SETA Apprentice Awards              SETA

18Sep’19                 Seminar                                           TBA  

02Oct'19                  Committee Mtg                             TBA

11Oct’19                 Social Evening & Meal                   TBA