UWTSD welcomes Tony Roche, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to SA1


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has welcomed Tony Roche, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to its new £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront Development.

Mr Roche met staff and students at the University’s School of Engineering, in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, at their new home in the IQ building in SA1, where he also received a tour of the new facilities.

Mr Roche also took part in a Q&A session with students. Dr Kerry Tudor, Lecturer in Automotive Engineering said: “This was a great opportunity for the School of Engineering to build on its relationship with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It is important for our students to learn about professional registration and how the IMechE can support them now and in their future degrees. We were very pleased to welcome Tony to our new facilities and our students enjoyed talking to Tony as well.”

Tony Roche, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said: "Thank you to the team at UWTSD for the welcome, and the tour of the new building at the University's SA1 Swansea development. It was great to see the level of investment in the faculty, resulting in new facilities that truly enable students to benefit from practical, hands on engineering experience as a fundamental part of their learning. The enthusiasm of the students we met from the university racing teams clearly shows the facilities are having an impact on them. I particularly enjoyed meeting faculty staff and students for a Q&A about my background in the railways, the IMechE and the future of the engineering profession."

The School of Engineering at UWTSD offers an industry-engaged curriculum that builds on strong science and maths knowledge with ‘real world’ state of the art applications.

A strong and active industrial engagement track record with companies such as Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Ford Motor Company, Calsonic Kansei, Perkin-Elmer, HEAD and Prodrive, ensures all our students have the opportunity to experience Industrial Internships or Year In Industry opportunities, which builds on academic studies, and often results in Industrial Final Year Major projects, enhancing potential employability.

Note to Editor

The School of Engineering offers a range of Undergraduate programmes, applying strong engineering analytical skills to a variety of engineering and logistics pathways.  We also offer Postgraduate programmes in Engineering and Logistics, all with opportunities for both full-time and part-time study. 

To find out more click here: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/face/engineering/

Tony Roche - FREng FIMechE CEng BSc Hon DTech President (Biography)

Tony Roche is a career railway engineer who held many senior management posts in British Rail. His final appointment was as the Executive Board Member responsible for Engineering, Safety and Support Services.

Subsequently he was a Director of First Class Partnerships Limited, a specialist company providing constructive challenge and support to senior policy and decision makers in the rail industry. His clients for consultancy assignments have been to both the UK private rail sector, but also to other railways around the world and include expert witness appointments. He also has wide experience as a non-executive director.

After completing an engineering degree and qualifying as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Tony’s career has been focused on engineering management. In the early 1970s he led the team responsible for the construction of the prototype power cars of the extremely successful UK high speed trains. His subsequent roles included: management of a major railway works at Wolverton, Milton Keynes and Chief Executive of British Rail Maintenance Limited, responsible for the major overhauls of railway rolling stock and preparing the company for privatisation and sale into the private sector and Director of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering for British Rail, directing these activities in the change to a commercially led railway management reorganisation.

A period as Deputy Managing Director, Network South-East followed before being appointed to take a leading role in the creation of the Rolling Stock Leasing Companies and Managing Director of Eversholt Train Leasing before the company was sold into the private sector.

With the accelerating programme of privatisation, Tony was appointed to the British Rail Board to lead and direct the preparation and subsequent sale of the numerous engineering and subsidiary support companies. Working with City financial and legal advisors, he and his team successfully completed the sale of over 20 of these subsidiary companies to the private sector. His British Rail Board responsibilities included overall management of safety during a major period of organisational change during the transfer of British Rail to a fully privatised railway.

Throughout his career, he has focused on continuous improvement across all aspects of management performance, working with teams to achieve agreed objectives through constructive challenge.

Tony has continued to have an active involvement in the engineering profession. He was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2001/2002), is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

He has maintained a close working relationship with the Institution having been a Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Board, Technical Strategy Board, Professional Development Board, the PEP Board and the Railway Division. He regular attends its Ordinary Meetings and was until recently the Chairman of Council Dining Club.

Tony is a Past Vice President of RedR- Engineers for Disaster Relief and a past Governor of Imperial College where he chaired the Health and Safety Audit Committee.


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