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Date: October 2016

Terms of reference

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) was formally established in 1920 and is approaching its centennial year.

Our mission

Develop tomorrow's potential scientists, engineers, and technologists by enabling, stimulating and fostering high-quality and inclusive provision for science and engineering in education.

Underpin today's network for professionals and those with a general interest, advancing public understanding of science and engineering and their benefit to mankind.

Celebrate and preserve yesterday's heritage, particularly that of Chelmsford's renowned engineering and industrial history.

Read more on our mission and objectives

Vision for 2020

  1. A membership that is diverse, demographically balanced and growing, reflecting the needs and capabilities of CSES stakeholders. Specifically to:
  2. Increase membership from younger and more diverse groups.
  3. Engage the support of new industry partners, for example, reflecting the development of advanced manufacturing and medical sciences in the region.
  4. Be seen as the “go to” local organisation for opinion, representation and activities that connect the aspirations of all stakeholders.
  5. Achieve financial security via increased membership and sponsorship.
  6. Have an outreach programme that supports a measurable step change in the number of students choosing STEM-related careers.

2016 baseline – where are we now?

  1. Membership: currently circa 120. Majority retired but with an important and active younger graduate element from local industry.
  2. Finances: stable, but wholly dependent on a limited number of industrial and local authority sponsors for viability.
  3. A successful lecture programme, largely in conjunction with the IET. A very successful schools' competition programme and a re-emerging Engineering Our Future initiative.

Strategic imperatives and success metrics

  1. A 50% increase in membership over the next 3 years, with a significant proportion of younger and more diverse groups.
  2. Increase our external income by 10%.
  3. Review subscription fees and types of membership and move to an online system that will increase income and minimise administration.
  4. The adoption of a minimum of two large, private sector Council members from emergent industries.
  5. Representation at Council of regional SMEs.
  6. Continue and exploit the momentum generated by the Schools' competition and My Smarter Essex and increasing our interaction with Chelmsford secondary schools.
  7. Increase the number of bursaries awarded to schools and colleges for STEM activities.
  8. Develop a larger independent education, lecture and social programme with a significant online presence that appeals to younger, more diverse members.

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