North Western OR Group (NWORG)


Operational Research within the Northern Powerhouse

The NWORG is your regional society – our aim is to provide a focus for operational researchers and to reach out to anyone interested in finding out about operational research here in the North West. The NWORG is run by OR Society members, encompassing both OR practitioners and academics alike, who share a passion for the practice and application of OR. We take our inspiration from the OR community in the region and put on a selection of events throughout the year to support OR activities: Our meetings provide opportunities to expand your network and engage with organisations utilising OR with impact.

NWORG meetings have covered a range of topical areas including pro bono OR, emergency planning, logistics, OR in government and a special joint meeting with the Simulation Special Interest Group (SIG). We have had site visits to Amazon's Manchester Facility and to Hartree at Daresbury Science Park.

Invited speakers to our meetings include OR experts from IBM, HMRC, The OR Society, Lancaster University, Manchester University, Liverpool University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Amazon Plc, Hartree, Sellafield Ltd and United Utilities. 

Our events are held across the North West to create more opportunities for people to get involved, with meetings held in Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington.

Future meetings scheduled include: Transport for the North and GCHQ both in Manchester. Details for all our events appear on the NWORG web pages.

The NWORG is looking to expand the type of meetings held in the future, in addition to our topical meetings we are looking to include networking events, socials and company visits.

If you would like to be part of a vibrant organising team get in touch or speak to one of our NWORG Committee when you attend our meetings.

Committee Details

Tony Hines Chair
Alison Gaskill Secretary
Chris Kirkbride Regional Representative on General Council
Barry Daniels Committee
Debra Charnley Committee
Oliver Kayas Committee
Rebecca Wilson Committee

Come to our next event

Creative thinking for Analysts

Date: 16 March 2022, 13.30 - 15.00

In this session you will learn how you can use creative thinking at work. As analysts we are taught to think in a structured and logical manner. Solutions to problems are structured and we gather data piecing evidence together through analysis. The solution adopts convergent thinking as a process to do that. Creative thinking is less structured and adopts divergent thinking to generate ideas for further consideration. It can help the analyst to think more broadly about shaping and scoping problems.


There will be an opportunity to work through an example. We want you to think about a given topic on the day and follow up some of the ideas put forward in the meeting to become that creative thinker. This will hopefully feed your curiosity to find out more and join us on Wednesday 16th March at 1.30pm via Zoom.


We will also tell you about some of our plans for future meetings in 2022.

Register HERE

What do you want from the NWORG?

We work best with ideas from the OR community and we take our lead from you. Attending meetings shows fantastic support for the regional society. But what activities would you like the NWORG to put on? We welcome any contribution from topics for meetings, contributing or speaking at meetings or even getting on board with the NWORG committee itself – we are a diverse group that are looking to expand!

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Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square

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NWORG 18th Nov 2020 Tony Hines 25/11/2020 1.00  
NWORG Slides OR Health Pro Bono Tony Hines 21/09/2016 1.0  

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