The governing body of the Institute is Council, a body of 16 elected trustees plus grade representatives, all members of the CIEHF, who meet 4 times per year. The responsibilities of trustees are broadly 3-fold, to ensure:
1. That the Institute fulfils charitable obligations which tangibly benefit the public at large.
2. That the Institute provides a competitive package of benefits to members of all grades.
3. That it maintains an agreed strategic course, a course proposed from time to time in conjunction with the Chief Executive and as agreed by Council, consistent with the Institute remaining a thriving, going concern.

Upcoming Council meetings
7 March 2019
6 June 2019
5 September 2019
5 December 2019

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of four senior trustees provides comment, analysis and recommendations to Council.

I’m an academic and practitioner and have been working in Human Factors since the early 1990s. I'm Head of Engineering and Professor at Nottingham Trent University where I've been tasked with setting up a new department characterised by innovative project based learning. We embed ergonomics and human factors throughout our engineering degrees where all of our students learn how important it is to consider the user’s needs, desires and capabilities when it comes to applied engineering practice. My research interests focus on transport systems ergonomics, ranging from automotive through to military, agriculture, sport and aviation. I have a global outlook collaborating with industry and academia from across all continents. Before starting in my current role I was an editor of the journal 'Ergonomics' for 10 years. Previously I worked as Professor at Imperial College London, and at Loughborough University.
I’m a health and safety regulator with 30 years’ experience and am Head of the Specialist Inspectors and Occupational Health Programme Manager at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). I have a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool following clinical back pain, manual handling and circadian physiology research. I joined the HSE in 1986, transferring to the ORR when it formed in 2006. I worked on the development and implementation of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, participated in standard’s formulation, delivered the expert witness or investigatory role in many investigations and carried out inspection work associated with the inclusion of human factors in the safety management systems. I’m currently involved with the European Rail Agency developing the regulatory framework for the rail sector, which for the first time will include human factors requirements. I hope to explore inter-professional associations and how this can benefit our profession. I look forward to attending Regional Group meetings and members’ workplaces to listen, promote and support progress on CIEHF’s professional pathways.
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I guess some people will associate me with the Driving Ergonomics Special Interest Group, set up in 2008 and now its 100+ membership coordinated by our colleague Cyriel Diels. Those with stronger memory might recall the hopefully helpful conference secretariat member with the strong accent. Going forward, you should expect the same level of uncompromising integrity, professionalism, and enthusiasm for learning, coupled with some business sense and practice experienced in other areas.


I’m co-chair of the Professional Affairs Board (PAB) with Dr Fiona Cayzer. I was the Chair of the Education & Training Panel (2014-2017) and have previously served on CIEHF Council (2005-2009) and as the Chair of the International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee on Healthcare Ergonomics (2001-2007). I am Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety and Co-lead of Global Research Challenge in Health and Wellbeing at Loughborough University. I have been at Loughborough University since 2002 and have contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate Ergonomics qualifying courses (BSc and MSc). My professional experience and research has included the design of safer systems, hospital and ambulance design, emergency and CBRN response, staff wellbeing and patient falls.
I’m currently the Human Factors lead in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within BAE Systems Military Air & Information Human Factors Shared Service. My primary role involves both project and research activities in Human Factors issues associated with UAS design, development and operation for current and future platforms. I aim to bring an industry perspective to Council and to continue to promote membership at all levels of the Institute.
I’m a fellow of the CIEHF and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I have a background in ergonomics, applied psychology and design ergonomics. I have published research on communication problems between ergonomists and designers, designing vehicles from the ‘inside-out’, the use of CAD in the automotive design process, product pleasure, tools and methods for designing for emotion and the design of the person/product interface of medical/medical related products and personalisation and product attachment. My recent research projects have been funded by the AHRC, the EU and EPSRC and have involved a variety of industrial partners. Additionally I head the local UK chapter of the Design & Emotion Society. I’m a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and is a regular reviewer for a number of journals and conferences including the Design Journal and Applied Ergonomics. My current research interests include product pleasure, tools and methods for designing for emotion, the design of the person/product interface of medical / medical related products, personalisation and product attachment leading to sustainability and the design of bereavement services. I supervise a number of student projects and PhDs in the area of my current research interests.
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I graduated from Systems Engineering MEng in 2005 then PhD in Human Sciences (Ergonomics) at Loughborough University. During this I joined the CIEHF as a Student Member. I have been part of the Membership Committee for a number of years, supporting various initiatives, including development of the Student Committee and introduction of the Technical Member grade and have recently joined the Events Committee. I’m a Lecturer in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University, with broad research interests in design, organisational systems and pedagogy. I’m keen to bring my varied background and enthusiasm to the Council.
I have more than 30 years of applied industrial and commercial experience. My academic credentials include an Honours degree in Psychology, an MSc in Ergonomics and a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science and I hold a position as Honorary Professor of Engineering Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. Until early 2014, I held the position of Global Discipline Lead for Human Factors within Royal Dutch Shell. I left Shell to concentrate on writing and now work part-time as an independent consultant. Over my career, I have worked across many industrial sectors and have trained or mentored a large number of people, including both active Human Factors professionals as well as non-specialists with an interest in the subject. I have a particular interest in working to improve the industrial application of the scientific and research knowledge base that underpins the Human Factors and Ergonomics profession.

As a Human Factors Engineer with experience of leading mentoring and training activities, I’m an advocate for those who are early in their careers in human factors, as well as those parts of the community involved in applied practice in the public sector or industry. My main objective is to challenge the Institute to better represent public sector and industry HF specialists in their activities to get HF adopted into projects that will benefit wider society. I have a track record of supporting strategic decision making, having worked in the Ministry of Defence Headquarters and as a senior technical leader in the MOD, with extensive experience of working with industry and academia.
I have been a teaching / research fellow at Cranfield University for 3 years, working in the centre for accident investigation. My main research interest is mental workload. Prior to this I completed a BSc in ergonomics at Loughborough, followed by a PhD at the University of Nottingham and Network Rail. I have been heavily involved with the Institute for over 8 years, working on the Secretariat for the Ergonomics & Human Factors Conference every year. As well as this I served a term on Council as Graduate Rep (2010 – 2013), was involved in the Early Career Researchers SIG, and involved in the Events Committee before being elected to Council again this year. I was also co-chair of the Programme Committee for EHF2017, and again for 2018. I am passionate about the events that the Institute run, and hope to remain heavily involved in the conception, design, and running of these events during my term on Council.
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2015 with a BSc in Ergonomics (Human Factors Design) and received the Nissan Award for Automotive Ergonomics. I also attained a DPS following a year in industry with JCB. I am now 2 years into my role as an Ergonomist at JCB, where I focus on heavy machinery design ergonomics, UX and innovation. I aim to put forward the perspective of young Ergonomics professionals working in industry, and bridge the gap between academia and industry.
I'm an Inspector with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, where I've worked to integrate HF into the Branch's strategy and investigations since July 2012. Prior to that most of my career was in academia, and I have a heightened appreciation of the 'research-practice gap' thanks to my experience on both sides of that fence. I would seek ways for the CIEHF to address this during my time on Council. I also have a keen interest in public engagement with human factors / ergonomics, and I want to help the CIEHF mark its 70th anniversary in 2019.
I am currently a pharmaceutical physician with a background in hospital medicine who entered the pharmaceutical sectors through the regulatory agency and clinical research routes. My interest in human factors was triggered by to ‘Err is Human’ and I joined Clinical Human Factors Group at its inception. After several attempts to establish a pharmaceutical equivalent group I am delighted to chair the CIEHF's Pharmaceutical Ergonomics and Human Factors group since November 2015 and it’s a great privilege to represent all Associate Members on Council.


Registrar and ex-officio, non-voting, member of Council and the PAB (Professional Affairs Board), since May 2018.
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Professional Affairs Board

The Professional Affairs Board (PAB) is responsible for setting and overseeing the professional standards of the CIEHF membership. The Board is responsible for maintaining the registers of professional members and of consultancies, and also for accrediting ergonomics/human factors degree and short courses. The Board is also responsible for maintaining professional standards through the Code of Professional Conduct and the Disciplinary Procedure. Members of the PAB are elected and are all Registered Members or Fellows of the Institute. The accreditation work of the Board is divided amongst a number of panels of volunteers who assess applications against the standards set by the Board.

Read the full set of rules governing PAB activities.

Current members of PAB:
Sue Hignett / Fiona Cayzer (Joint Chairs)
Diane Gyi (Education & Training Lead)
Dave O’Neill (Fellowship Lead)
Barbara Haward (Registered & Technical Membership Lead)
Richard Farry
Philippa Brockington
Martin Thody (CPD Lead)
Mike Gray (Chair CREE Panel)
Terry Lansdown

Membership Committee

The primary function of the Membership Committee is to ensure as far as possible that membership of the Institute is attractive, valuable and career enhancing. The secondary functions of the Membership Committee are:

  • to formulate and investigate the feasibility of initiatives for gaining new members.
  • to formulate and investigate the feasibility of initiatives for the retention of existing members.
  • to work with PAB and the Membership Manager to ease and streamline application processes.
  • to review and suggest improvements to the membership benefits package.
  • to work with the CE and COO to formulate and drive the Delivery Plan relating to membership matters.

Current members of the Membership Committee:
Sam Porter (Chair)
Steph Eaves
Byron Edwards
Aoife Finneran
Mike Fray
Ella-Mae Hubbard
Terry Woolmer

Events Champion & Programme Committees

The remit of the Events Champion is:

  • to assess the feasibility of annual events run by the Institute.
  • to assess ad-hoc events suggested by members.
  • to contribute to the planning, format, programme and delivery of each event.
  • to support programme committees formed for specific events.
  • to work with the CE and COO to formulate and support that part of the Delivery Plan relating to events.

The primary function of the Programme Committees is to contribute to national events that are organised and run by the Institute to ensure they are of high quality, provide value and benefit to attendees, and contribute to continuing professional development.

Honours Committee

The primary function of the Honours Committee is to recognise individuals and groups who have contributed to the advancement of ergonomics, exceptional volunteering, contributions to the discipline and the noteworthy application of ergonomics/human factors in the UK and the award of distinctions each year.

Current members of the Honours Committee:
Claire Dickinson (Chair)
Neil Mansfield
Ian Randle
Sarah Sharples
Roger Haslam
Richard Graveling