Governance

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: Claire Dickinson

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.

As President 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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Past-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. 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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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.

Council

Sue Hignett (Joint Chair of PAB)

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.

Fiona Cayzer (Joint Chair of PAB)

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.

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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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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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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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, 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.

Rebecca Charles

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.

Rebecca Cooke

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.

Registrar

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
Sue Hignett / Fiona Cayzer (Joint Chairs)
Adrian Wheatley (Chair CPD Panel)
TBC (Chair Education & Training Panel)
Dave O’Neill (Chair Fellowship Panel)
Barbara Haward (Chair Registration Panel)
John Ryder (Chair Registered Consultancies Panel)
Diane Gyi
Richard Farry
Simon Monnington
Philippa Brockington
Martin Thody
Mike Gray (Chair CREE Panel) – co-opted

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
Ian Randle (Chair)
Sarah Sharples
Roger Haslam
Richard Graveling
Jon Berman
Neil Mansfield
Claire Dickinson