The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent engineering society based in central London, representing mechanical engineers. It represents over 100,000 members in 139 countries in industries including rail, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, medicine and construction. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers. The Institution was founded at the Queen's Hotel, Birmingham, by George Stephenson in 1847 and received a Royal Charter in 1930. The Institution's headquarters, purpose-built for the Institution in 1899, are situated at One Birdcage Walk, London. The Institution runs Formula Student, the world's largest student motorsport event, and the Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards. The first woman to be elected to the Institution was Verena Holmes in 1919.