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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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
Jun 1 @ 18:30 – 21:00

The next event of CIEHF’s South West Regional Group is a presentation entitled “Can ergonomics principles assist your career prospects?” by Ted Lovesey and Bernie Masters.

It will take place on Wednesday 1st June 2016 at The Paignton Club, The Esplanade, Paignton, Devon TQ4 6ED from 18:30 to 21:00.

Ergonomics or human factors modifies our surroundings to improve both performance and function in our everyday lives. The principle is to fit the environment to the person, not the other way round.

Knowledge without understanding is non-productive. Understanding both function and performance of the human empowers both the professional and the customer. Ergonomics modifies incrementally to help develop the true potential with the goal of:

  • Making life easier
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Analysing and improving function for extreme environments
  • Reducing mental and physical fatigue

The aim is to build a presentation package so that it can be modified for school careers advice, assist in professional development and in workplace efficiency.

Please book your place online.

East Midlands Regional Group event @ Loughborough University
Jun 22 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Reflective Practice was mentioned at the CIEHF’s Ergonomics & Human Factors 2016 conference recently as a potentially useful tool for our profession to use.Reflective practice is a process by which you stop and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on theory and relate it to what you do in practice. Critical analysis and evaluation refocuses your thinking on your existing knowledge and helps generate new knowledge and ideas. As a result, you may modify your actions, behaviour and learning needs.

You are invited to attend an East Midlands Regional Group workshop on Reflective Practice run by Abigail Fowler to find out more about it.

The workshop will take place from 18:30 until 20:30 on 22nd June 2016 in room LDS018 at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University.

The workshop will cover an introduction about Reflective Practice, what’s important about the theory behind it and how it can be beneficial. It will provide an opportunity for you to identify how you could apply it to your own work.

There will be a practical session featuring examples of different approaches. You’ll be able to test a theory yourself and to determine how you could apply it to your own work. There is no need to prepare any material prior to attending.

Abigail Fowler is a member of the CIEHF. She has 7 years’ experience of applying human factors in rail and air traffic control. Abigail studied reflective practice as part of a diploma in group facilitation, and has applied the method to her work supporting parents over the last 11 years. This workshop will provide an opportunity for cross industry learning with Abigail sharing her knowledge with fellow ergonomists.

The workshop is free, but please book your place.

South Wales Regional Group @ Tata Steel
Jun 30 @ 13:00 – 16:00

The CIEHF’s South Wales Regional Group will be holding its next event, a visit to Tata Steel, from 13:00 on 30 June 2016 in Port Talbot.

The visit will include a tour of Tata Steel Strip Products’ Port Talbot site. The tour will take in a number of operational parts of the site, as well as a general site overview. This is a great opportunity to witness the steel making process close up. There are of course a wide variety of human factors and ergonomics considerations at play within the steel works which we can discuss as the tour progresses. Our host for the day will be Joe Cook who is a Human Factors Specialist for Tata Steel Europe.

All personal protective equipment will be provided, although a pair of sturdy, flat shoes will be required. The tour will take roughly 2.5 hours, and will be followed by a session in the conference centre for refreshments and tour debrief. The Port Talbot site is easily reached by car, with ample parking available. Port Talbot train station is a 25 minute walk away, or a short journey by taxi.

Any queries please email

Numbers for this unique event are limited so you must book your place online.

East Midlands Regional Group event @ JCB World HQ
Jul 13 @ 14:00 – 16:30

This event will start with a video introduction to JCB. This will be followed by a tour of “The Story of JCB” museum which features the history of JCB, how it started, and some of its achievements.

You will then be taken on a factory tour of the whole assembly line process from the delivery of sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally finished product. For more information on the tour see the JCB website.

Finally, there will be a presentation on the ergonomics that goes into the design of JCB equipment and plant.

Refreshments will be available on arrival. Please note that you must wear closed toed shoes, and due to the length of the tour it may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Book your free place online by 22nd June. Places are limited to 20 people so don’t miss out.

North West & North Wales Regional Group event @ Health & Safety Laboratory
Jul 22 @ 12:30 – 15:00

“Ergonomics at the Health & Safety Executive”

More details to be confirmed.

Peninsula South West Regional Group event
Sep 3 @ 16:00 – 18:00

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

Southern England Regional Group event @ Institute of Naval Medicine
Sep 29 @ 14:00 – 16:00

The Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) will host a visit by the Southern Regional Group on 29 September 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 Tour of the facilities.
16:00 Refreshments and departure.

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