North West (UK)

Webinar: The Benefits of Volunteering

Webinar: The Benefits of Volunteering
  • Date From 12th July 2023
  • Date To 12th July 2023
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 16:00 BST. Duration: 1 hour.


We are seeking new volunteers to reinvigorate our member groups across the North West region. As we continue to raise the profile of IChemE and stimulate activity post-Covid, we would like you to help us deliver the exciting programme of activities that we have planned.

Volunteering is at the heart of IChemE. The Institution exists to advance chemical engineering's contribution worldwide for the benefit of society, and the ability to deliver such a bold undertaking relies heavily on our community of volunteers who fulfil many functions across IChemE.

If you are passionate about chemical, biochemical or process engineering, why not join thousands of other professionals and volunteer with us?

Volunteering provides an interesting and rewarding opportunity to develop personal skills and network with other professionals, as well as the opportunity to positively support the advancement of chemical engineering.

It is widely accepted that volunteering will help you meet new people, learn new skills, contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD), and even advance your career.

One such cluster of volunteers is found in the North West. There are close to 3,000 members across the North West and in order to continue to provide activities for members, the group needs to secure the support of additional volunteers for the coming year. You don’t have to be Chartered and you don’t have to be a long serving member. It also doesn't matter where in the North West you are based. Our member group volunteers are drawn from all membership types. Student Members to Fellows, all are welcome.

If you have a little time to give, it would be fantastic if you could contribute to your Institution.

Please come along to this session to get an insight into the benefits of volunteering - especially in a member group.


Steven Gasser, Associate Director, Regions, IChemE

Steven Gasser heads up the UK & Ireland Regions Team at IChemE where he is responsible for industrial and academic engagement, business development, and member engagement activities. Steven is an Engineering Technician and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has worked in manufacturing, research & development, nuclear new build, education and professional development for over 35 years. 

Orla Douds, Process Engineer, Jacobs

Orla is a graduate process engineer at Jacobs based in Warrington. She has previously had experience in R&D and food manufacturing through industrial placements.

Orla studied at the University of Bath, graduating with a MEng degree in 2022. She completed a design project looking at a water usage and treatment at an oil refinery, and a research project on producing medium chain carboxylic acids from food waste using a mixed microbial culture.

As vice chair of the National Early Careers Committee (NECC), Orla hopes to grow and broaden NECC participation, creating a strong network for early chemical engineers.

Matthew Hutcheon, Process Engineer, Westinghouse Springfields Fuels

Matthew graduated from Loughborough University and has worked as a process engineer in the Nuclear Industry since 2014. He has volunteered for the North Lancashire Members Group since starting work and now holds the position of deputy chair.

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the North West Member Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


16:00–17:00 BST.


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This webinar is free of charge and open to all to attend, but if you wish to access the slides and a recording to replay on demand then you will need to be a member of the North West Member Group.

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