Regional Groups

Regional Groups hold events which may include presentations, talks or site visits and are open to anyone. If you are a member of the CIEHF, you will be invited to Regional Group events based on the location of your preferred address held on our records.

Regional Groups can organise visits to places you wouldn’t otherwise get easy access to such as Jaguar Land Rover, RNIB, Highways Agency, National Air Traffic Services.

Read about the latest Group activities in our blog or browse their upcoming events. Contact group organisers, listed below, to keep up to date with what’s happening.

If you would like to host or help coordinate a CPD event, visit or presentation for your Regional Group, please get in contact with the Regional Group Lead by email.

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Regional Group Map - Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • First of all, thanks for the opportunity to visit the factory. It’s visits like this that make a real difference in understanding the economy that sustains us, the application of socio-technical expertise, and how we can improve our discipline. It really is important to understand not just the theory and the tools, but to gain a grasp of the nous of the discipline. You did an excellent job on that visit - you were impressive. Truly. Keep up the good work, and please, more visits.
    M S, Loughborough
  • Just a note to say thanks very much for organising the visit to NATS. It was a really interesting session and very thought provoking.  I thought all the presentations, particularly the one from Victoria were well presented and informative.  Some very interesting Human Factors approaches are being investigated.
    Clint Stimson
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the NATS visit, thank you for arranging it all. It was very useful both in terms of learning about NATS work and their approach to it from an HF perspective and meeting the other Institute members and discussing our work.  I felt quite inspired afterwards – an effect which has carried through this morning, much to my managers joy!
    Suzy Sharpe

Groups & organisers

Beds, Bucks & Herts
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire
Organiser: Chris Avis

Bristol & Avon
Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire
Organiser: Joanne Butler

East of England
Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk
Organiser: Alison Wheeler

East Midlands
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire &  Lincolnshire
Organiser: Ruth Sims

Central Midlands (formerly Heart of England)
Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire & Warwickshire
Organiser: Stephen Burchill

London & South East
Greater London, Essex, Surrey, Sussex & Kent
Organiser: Emily Thorne

North East
Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear & Yorkshire
Organiser: Tony Atkinson

North West & North Wales
Conwy, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Anglesey, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside & Cumbria
Organiser: John Lovegrove

All counties
Organiser: Elaine Skilling

South Wales
Ceredigion, Powys, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and all other South Wales counties
Organiser: Clyde Crawford

Peninsula South West
Devon & Cornwall
Organiser: Bernie Masters

Southern England
Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset & Isle of Wight
Organiser: Jo Davies

Upcoming group events

Peninsula South West Regional Group event @ The Paignton Club
Sep 21 @ 18:30 – 21:00

This event will feature a presentation on ‘The Ergonomics of Complex Systems Behaviour’ by Bernard Masters.

Anything new may be perceived as being a ‘wrong’, contrary to perceived wisdom.  Without exploring outside or inside of the box, there will be nothing new and there will be no progress. The presentation looks at emergent behaviour of non-disease processes and the effects of living and how ergonomics helps to ‘fine-tune’ the human system of systems (SOS), by improving both performance (overall output) and function (cost to the system) – hystersis. Predictive models of self-similarity allow us to extrapolate from drug research based on animal and clinical trials. The following factors offer us some clarification in research processes:
a) Placebo/nocebo effect – beneficial or detrimental brain changes occur with expectancy
b) Pygmalion Effect – research projects blinded unconscious bias
c) Rosenthal effect – beliefs of beneficial/detrimental outcomes are engineered subconsciously
d) Hawthorn Effect – subjects being watched perform at a different level then regress to the mean
e) Braess’ paradox – increasing well intentioned solution pathways reduces efficiency
f) Thom’s catastrophe theory – critical point behavioural change
g) Marconi’s Black Box – a focus on outcome measures not distracted by the process

Book online now.

Southern England Regional Group event @ Institute of Naval Medicine
Oct 6 @ 14:00 – 16:15

*** Please note change of date from 29 September to 6 October 2016. ***

The Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) will host a visit by the Southern Regional Group on 6 October 2016 at 14:00.

INM is the Royal Navy’s centre of excellence in occupational health. In addition to a number of medical service functions, the Institute houses extensive laboratory and research facilities. The INM is located in Crescent Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2DL.

The programme for the visit will include presentations and a tour.
14:00 Arrival and introduction followed by Short Project Reviews:
1. Safety culture in the RN.
2. Validating a safety culture maturity model.
3. Maritime high speed craft vibration and shock mitigation.
4. Modifying the HSE Stress Indicator tool for use in the military.
5. How to deal with low response rates to questionnaire surveys by understanding non-response bias.
6. Do sustained isometric muscle contractions deplete self-regulatory resources? A study using a lower limb exoskeleton.
15:20 Refreshments then tour of the facilities.
16:15 Finish

The visit is free but you will need to sign up online.

North West & North Wales Regional Group event @ Office of Rail & Road
Oct 21 @ 12:30 – 15:00

“Ergonomics in the Rail Industry”

More details to be confirmed.

Peninsula South West Regional Group event
Dec 7 @ 18:30 – 19:30

This event will feature either a visit to a local organisation or a presentation but details are yet to be confirmed.

North West & North Wales Regional Group event
Dec 16 @ 12:30 – 14:30

“Promoting Ergonomics in Education”

More details to be confirmed.

Past event reports for all Groups

Southern Regional Group visit to air traffic control centre

Lively discussion at the South West Regional Group

Bridge visit for Scottish Regional Group

Mixed range of talks for London & SE Group

North West Regional Group meeting a great success