London, Southern & Eastern Section


Chair: Tom Vella

Secretary: Dominic Cummings

Treasurer: Alexandra de Araujo


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About our Section

A diverse region that includes the English capital and a large expanse of coastline, the London, Southern & Eastern Section offers a range of events including technical talks and tours to facilities such as the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Isle of Grain. Our annual Lions’ Lair event takes place in February and is one of our Section’s most popular activities. It includes a range of presentations on innovation and a keynote speech from a leading figure in the industry.

We're keen to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in our committee. Please send an email to the above address. We meet bi-monthly, usually by teleconference and would be pleased to have you on board.


The current Chair of our London, Southern & Eastern Section is Tom Vella. Tom joined the gas industry in 2009 and is currently a Policy Engineer at SGN. Tom was inspired to get into engineering at college where he obtained an Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education, and then went on to study Computer Aided Engineering in London to get his BSc with Honours.

During Tom's decade in the industry he has held various roles, including designing mains replacement work as a Planning Assistant, delivering strategy for mains replacement with predictive analytics as a Network Strategy Officer, and he now writes management and technical procedures for emergency, metering and distribution work.

Tom is an active member of IGEM and sits of various technical standard review panels, he also is a representative for the gas distribution networks on the Gas Measurement Committee. Tom is a member of the Standing Committee for Gas Infrastructure at Marcogaz, which looks at the successes and challenges across the European gas industry.

"It is an honour to Chair the IGEM London, Southern & Eastern Section committee. I am excited about the year ahead as we will have many excellent events that I hope our members will enjoy. I also hope to expand where we hold our events to reach new audiences."

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