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.

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

Executive Committee

President: Ian Randle

Ian Randle
My first degree was in human biology from the University of Surrey, during which I spent a year out at the Army Personnel Research Establishment in Farnborough and had my first taste of ergonomics in practice. I then completed an MSc in ergonomics at UCL and a PhD at the Robens Institute. I have worked at the Institute of Naval Medicine, University of Surrey, Electrowatt Engineering and CCD. For the past 17 years I have been with Hu-Tech Human Factors consultancy, working in a range of industries including oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and transportation.

There are a number of areas in which I wish to put my time and energy in the year ahead as President. These include forging closer links with other professional bodies, strengthening our influence in healthcare and patient safety, and promoting the publication by the Institute of reference material in ergonomics and human factors.

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President-Elect: Claire Dickinson

Claire DickinsonI’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.

As President-Elect 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. I’m the CREE Panel Chair on the CIEHF Professional Affairs Board.

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Treasurer: Nick Gkikas

Nick GkikasI 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.


Sam Porter (Chair of Membership Committee)

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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Jon Berman (Chair of PAB)

Jon BermanI’ve been involved with Council and its committees, on and off, for the past 30 years or so. I’ve been an Ordinary Member of Council, and both a member and Chair of PAB, at various times, as well as having periods when I came to my senses… I’m currently one year into a term as an ordinary Member of Council, having previously completed a three-year stint as a member of the ‘Presidential Suite’.

My ergonomics & human factors interests are oriented around consultancy services in high-hazard industries, with a focus on risk and reliability, and the socio-technical aspects of high-reliability organisations. Following a degree in Psychology and the UCL Ergonomics MSc, I started work with British Aerospace in Filton and then joined the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. I moved to the nuclear industry, before finally entering consultancy nearly 25 years ago. Since 1997 I’ve been a Director of Greenstreet Berman Ltd.

From an IEHF perspective, my interests have remained fairly constant. I’ve always been keen to promote the concept of CPD and the role the Institute should play in supporting it. I’m keen that we use the springboard of the Charter effectively, and I probably come down on the side of wanting gradually to increase the distinctions and specialisms within ergonomics & human factors, partly as a means of communicating better with non-members (public and other professionals), and partly as a means of leveraging the awareness of what ergonomics & human factors has to offer.

As well as being C.ErgHF and FIEHF, I’m also CPsychol, AFBPsS, and EurErg. And a member of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. And I received my Bronze Medallion Life Saving badge at primary school. And I ski.

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Nora Balfe (Events Champion)

I hold an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast and an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University. I completed my PhD in Human Factors at the University of Nottingham with sponsorship from Network Rail, and studied the use of automation in rail signalling systems.

In between my studies, I also worked briefly as a structural test engineer in Bombardier Aerospace Belfast, and as a research assistant examining the optimum use of simulation in military flight training at Cranfield University. After completing my PhD, I worked for several years as part of the Ergonomics Team at Network Rail before moving briefly to NATS. In both roles, I primarily supported technology introduction to control rooms. I now work as a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin where I research methods to better incorporate human factors in risk management processes.

I have been involved with the CIEHF since my PhD, when I served on the conference secretariat for several years. For the last two years I have been a member of the Membership Committee, and I am now delighted to be on Council.

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John Ridd (PR Champion)

John RiddI’m a consulting ergonomist specialising in work and workplace design in relation to musculoskeletal disorders. I worked previously for the Robens Institute at the University of Surrey, and for the last 20 years have been the Managing Partner of ‘JRP Ergonomics’, a small ergonomics consultancy company. I qualified as an applied physiologist, and have since worked extensively in ergonomics research and consultancy, particularly in the areas of manual handling and office ergonomics. I am a past member of a European Committee concerned with reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries at work, and have also sat on a working party contributing to the development of European Standards in this area.

I have been involved in writing expert witness reports for over 20 years, especially in the area of musculoskeletal injuries amongst workers (back pain and work related upper limb disorders). I have written several hundreds of expert witness reports, and have appeared in court in this capacity on a number of occasions each year.

I regularly taught Ergonomics on MSc courses at the Universities of Surrey and Greenwich, and have also provided ergonomics input to Diploma Courses in Occupational Medicine. I am a past Committee Member of the Occupational Safety Committee of the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

I have published many research papers and articles on ergonomics and European health and safety matters, and have frequently been invited to lecture both to industrial and academic audiences. Invited lectures include those presented on behalf of the European Commission, HSE, CBI, and many trade unions and legal groups. I also regularly present webinars and training courses on behalf of commercial training organisations dealing with the use of display screen equipment and the assessment of manual handling operations.

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Andrew Pinder

Andrew PinderDr Andrew D J Pinder is an ergonomist specialising in manual handling, musculoskeletal disorders and human strength.

I have prospectively studied the ability of the NIOSH lifting equation and HSE’s Manual handling Assessment Charts (MAC) to predict the incidence or prevalence of back pain or lost time due to back pain. I was involved in the initial development of the MAC and have subsequently developed the V-MAC, as an extension to the MAC, to assess variable load or frequency manual handling operations. I have used the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and a psychosocial questionnaire in a number of sectors including warehousing and care homes. Other work has included studying the risks of manual handling in construction, refuse collection and brick-making and the assessment of workstations for the risk of musculoskeletal injury.

I was responsible for the management of a team of ten ergonomists for six months in 2006 while the section head was on a career break. I have written expert witness statements that have been used in court cases that have been successfully prosecuted. I have presented at CIEHF conferences and published peer-reviewed papers. I carry out peer-reviews for a number of journals.

I have been a member of the CIEHF since 1987 and a member of Council since 2011.

I am employed as an Ergonomist at the Health & Safety Laboratory in Buxton.

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Jean Page

For the last 24 years I have been a practicing Human Factors (HF) engineer in Military Air & Information (MA&I), BAE Systems. I joined BAE Systems in 1990 and worked in the research and technology department researching new Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies in the context of future aircraft concepts. Following this I was the HF lead on two aircraft programmes: The Nimrod MRA4 programme (1994-1999) and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft (1999-2006) being responsible for the HF programme elements including conducting HF analyses and ensuring that the HMI was designed according to human engineering principles and within agreed costs. This also involved providing design input and performing assessments of the developing design so as to ensure safe, reliable and efficient usage, and to increase system effectiveness. On the F-35 programme I was also ultimately responsible for the maintainer, trainer and builder human interfaces. On the JSF programme I was given an award by the project director for work integrating a Helmet Mounted Display as a Virtual Head-Up Display and when I left the project the government JSF Office gave me a signed photograph of the aircraft as recognition of my contribution. From 2006-2012 I was Head of the HF Shared Service at Warton, a team of individuals tasked with undertaking a wide range of HF work throughout the business. Since 2006, I have also been the Head of the HF Discipline within MA&I, responsible for human factors capability and governance management and for performing specific human factors work including aircrew duty of care and future concept research. I represent MA&I on the Joint MoD/ Industry Human Factors Integration Working Group and am also a member of the UK HF National Technical Committee (HFNTC). At the end of 2014 I became a Fellow and Chartered Ergonomist of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. I am also a BAE System Global Engineering Fellow, a position which enhances the contribution that I, as a human factors engineer, can make to engineering as a whole and to the business.

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Miles Richardson

Miles RichardsonMiles is Head of Psychology & Deputy Head of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. In 2004 he developed ergonomics as a new discipline at the University of Derby, and launched the MSc Ergonomics which became the largest postgraduate programme at Derby, attracting students from the UK, EU and internationally. Miles’ established area of expertise is Assembly Task Complexity and he was a member of the ISO consumer policy committee task group on Self-Assembly Instructions. The methods and cognitive basis for this research has informed work into nutrition labelling and the links between children’s construction play and maths. A developing research theme has been on the human relationship with natural environments and bringing nature into the workplace for wellbeing. Miles is a member of the CIEHF Special Interest Group in Green Ergonomics and also a Natural England Strategic Research Group. Miles has served as both an elected and co-opted member of the CIEHF’s Professional Affairs Board (PAB) for six years including time as Chair of the Education and Training Panel.

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Roland Barge

Roland BargeDr Roland A. Barge
My first degree was a BSc(hons) in Industrial design with education, followed by a PGCE in design and technology, then an MSc in ergonomics and a PhD in human computer interaction at Loughborough University. Following my ergonomics and human factors research, I worked for BAE Systems (ATC) on defence projects such as Harrier GR9 and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier as a higher human factors scientist.

This was followed by me managing human factors & safety engineering integration for Marshall Land Systems on a large number of defence projects including the world’s first deployable computed tomography scanner, winner of the Queens Innovation award. My current position is at Rolls – Royce Nuclear working on the next generation nuclear propulsion plant and development of new manufacturing facilities for the Successor class submarine.

I am also a Chartered member of the CIEHF, Chartered Engineer with the IET and a committee member on the BSI Applied Ergonomics Committee (PH009). In my spare time I am a keen mountain biker, father of two and manage my ergonomics and human factors blog,

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Byron Edwards (Graduate Rep)

Having graduated from Loughborough University in 2012 with a BSc degree in Ergonomics (Human Factors Design), I am now employed as a Human Factors Engineer within the nuclear division of Rolls-Royce Plc.

My professional interests centre around applying HF in the manufacturing sector, having primarily worked on a project providing HF design and safety case support for a new manufacturing facility. I have also built up experience in a range of other projects including HF support to the design and safety justification for nuclear decommissioning activities, and HF support to the design of components for Successor class submarines. I am now studying part-time for an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Management in order to apply HF with a greater understanding of the organisational and technical factors affecting manufacturing businesses.

Since March 2014, I have been the graduate representative on the CIEHF Council. In this position I am keen to engage the Institute’s graduate membership with an aim to:
a) Better represent the views of graduate members to Council.
b) Make use of the skills and enthusiasm within this group to support the Institute’s aims.

During my tenure I have been heavily involved in the formation and running of the Early Careers Network. The ECN aims to be a global network within the CIEHF that facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise between ergonomists in the early stages of their careers, encouraging networking, professional development, and continuous learning amongst all members. One of the objectives of the ECN is ‘to give individuals in the early stages of their careers a voice within the Institute’, which is facilitated through my position on Council.

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Terry Woolmer (Associate Rep)

Terry WoolmerTerry Woolmer is Head of Health and Safety Policy at EEF- the manufacturers’ organisation.

I am responsible for representing manufacturers’ views and concerns to UK and European Union politicians and officials on occupational safety and health and well-being. I have sat on a number of representational groups including the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (ASCH) working parties for work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) and Electromagnetic Fields. I am also the chair of CEEMET’s (Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries) Health and Safety Committee who are a European Social dialogue partner.

My involvement with the CIEHF goes back about 15 years. I am currently the Associate Representative on Council, a member of the CIEHF Membership Committee, one of three steering group members for the CIEHF Occupational Safety & Health SIG and CIEHF representative on the BSI – HS/1 Committee which currently has the Secretariat for the proposed ISO 45001 standard on ‘Health and Safety management systems’.

I have been an H&S professional for over 30 years. Previously I was Executive Director responsible for Health and Safety Risk Management with Goldman Sachs; Environment, Health and Safety Manager with GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development and a GB Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspector.

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Ella-Mae Hubbard (Technical Member Rep)

Ella Mae HubbardI 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.

Ron McLeod

Ron McLeodI 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.

Will Tutton

Will TuttonAs a Human Factors Engineer with experience of leading mentoring and training activities, if elected I would be 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 would be 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.

Mic Porter

During 2015 there were four meetings of Council (in February, May, July and November). The average attendance recorded by trustees at Council during the year was 64% (where full attendance, 100%, would indicate 18 trustees attending every Council meeting for the whole of the meeting).

Four trustees volunteered maximum attendance throughout the year. Six trustees recorded 50% attendance or less.


Dave Rumens

Registrar and ex-officio, non-voting, member of Council and the PAB (Professional Affairs Board), since May 2014. An assessor on the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Panel, since June 2012. Edited the Disciplinary Regulations (Annex B of the General Regulations) to support Chartership changes, voted in Nov 2014. Ran an Institute Workshop on Disciplinary Hearings at the E&HF Annual Conference, April 2015. Co-ran Institute Workshops on CPD and Processes, at the 2014 and 2015 Annual Conferences. Will be undertaking an Information Audit of the records and processes concerned with the Institute’s members and membership, towards the end of 2015.

A member of the Institute since the early 1970’s, when it was the Ergonomics Research Society (ERS). A member of INCOSE since the early 2000’s. Practising as a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF) and Systems Designer, specialising in large systems and systems of systems, including: Type 26 Frigate, RAF Chinook, Watchkeeper UAV, Galileo GNSS, System 2000 ATMS. Has run and worked on many other kinds of projects, large and small, military and civil, static and mobile, organizational, physical and virtual, etc., since 1970.

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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
Jon Berman (Chair)
Adrian Wheatley (Chair CPD Panel)
Sue Hignett (Chair Education & Training Panel)
Dave O’Neill (Chair Fellowship Panel)
vacant (Chair Registration Panel)
Mike Gray (Chair CREE Panel)
John Ryder (Joint Chair Registered Consultancies Panel)
Gordon Hayward (Joint Chair Registered Consultancies Panel – co-opted)
Barbara Haward
Andrew Bardsley
Fiona Cayzer
Richard Farry
Tanya Heasman
Simon Monnington
Mike Tainsh

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
Sarah Sharples (Chair)