• North Eastern Section
  • Northern Section
  • Midlands Section
  • Wales Section
  • South Western Section


Any questions you have about these sections or your participation, we ask that you write to [email protected]
Note to Students: Two students are welcome to sit on each Section Committee

Sections meet regularly with technical lectures and exciting social networking events giving you an opportunity to meet other professionals in the mobility industry. We also encourage you to take part in your local section as well as events hosted by other sections including annual dinner dances.

Celebrating the 50th SAE-UK Northern Section Ball & Craft Awards June 9 2006 at the Blackpool Hilton.
It was the hottest day of the year, so far, when SAE-UK held their Ball & Craft Awards at the Hilton Hotel. In the evening sun and in the comfort of an air conditioned hall SAE-UK guests mingled, celebrated and were entertained by a 9 piece band. Later in the evening the party really got in the swing with some big band numbers from Cole Porter finishing at 1:30am to Sweet Caroline. The dance floor was filled with enthusiastic dancers.

Above: Flowers presented to Pauline, wife of Northern Section Chairman Brian Spencer, and Lori, wife of incoming President of SAE-UK – David Smith. To mark the occasion a superb 50th Anniversary cake had been organised by the Chairman and the Hotel.

A sell-out ball congratulated finalists of the 2006 Craft Awards supported by Training 2000, one of the top 25 training establishments in the UK and featured in the forthcoming Vehicle Technology magazine also available for all online.

Left: Michael Yerbury and wife Claire accompanying Steve Walker and wife Lorraine, with Michael Hunt and his wife Jackie representing Training 2000.

The three Vehicle Craft Competition Awards are for excellence in areas of Paint, Vehicle Construction and Repair and Technology. The premier award is the Apprentice of the Year 2006, the Ron Hopkins Cup; this was a particularly memorable part of the evening when the winner pictured left took his award. It transpired that Andrew Spence had survived serious illness to perform exceptionally in his apprenticeship and achieve his goal of becoming a professional, qualified automotive engineer. A worthy recipient of the Ron Hopkins cup received his award to a standing ovation.

All of the award winners pictured above were assembled for a group photo (from left) Andrew Spence, Daniel Keeney, Brian Spencer (SAE-UK Northern Section Chairman – Director W. L. Cunliffe (Southport) Ltd), Steve Walker (Training 2000 and SAE-UK Northern Section Committee), Lee Nuttall and Richard Smith


Throughout the evening there were speeches from Northern Section Chairman Brian Spencer about the industry and its challenges and Dave Smith about the opportunities for businesses working with SAE-UK to develop the international dimension. SAE-UK Director Dr. Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith described some of the new online resources supporting that international dimension; including the availability of this article and images online.

The evening was of exceptional class from the venue to the gastronomy with a daring menu that satisfied the most critical palate, wines, liqueurs and 2 reception events including Champagne at the Chairman’s Reception pictured left.