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: Emma Ridsdale

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

Beds, Bucks & Herts Regional Group event @ Cranfield University
Dec 2 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Chris Avis, Gareth Tucker and Sarah Fletcher would like to invite you to the first ever meeting of the CIEHF Beds, Bucks and Herts Regional Group.

The meeting will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday the 2nd December at Cranfield University in room LR4 in the Vincent building.

The agenda is very open so that we can use this first session as a meet and greet event to gain an idea of what people want from the Regional Group from 2016 and beyond.

Hope to see you there!

North West & North Wales Regional Group event @ Birchwood Golf Club
Dec 10 @ 17:30 – 19:00

You are invited to a joint Regional Group event with the Safety & Reliability Society on 10th December at Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington starting at 17:30.

Jerry Williams will be making a presentation: Human Error – Common Problems, New Problems, New Solutions

This presentation will discuss problems that continue to impact the Human Factors World and the Safety and Reliability Community. It will be shown that Human Factors technology is starting to respond to some of the common problems encountered by both sets of practitioners, but that, in the process, this has revealed a new range of problems. Although good progress can be claimed, there are some areas in which efforts continue to be hampered by a lack of information and which require a radical re-think.

Human failure evidence from the aviation sector will be used to illustrate some common problems that affect Safety and Reliability and Human Factors risk control solutions. With regard to new solutions, the outlook is relatively good and, with one or two notable exceptions, it looks as though application of human engineering principles and techniques combined properly with safety and reliability technology will provide a powerful and effective way forward for both communities.

For more details, please contact Emma Ridsdale at

To book your free place, please complete the short online registration form.

London & South East Regional Group event @ AECOM
Dec 15 @ 17:30 – 19:30

The CIEHF’s London and South East Regional Group will be hosting its winter event in December. We would be delighted if you would join us.

Dr Steve Summerskill, Senior Lecturer in Product & Industrial Design from the Loughborough Design School, will be giving a presentation of particular relevance to London, its drivers and cyclists. The presentation will illustrate two research projects which have been funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) which focus upon the issue of blind spots in Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver’s vision.

The first project involved the use of the SAMMIE Digital Human Modelling system in the identification of blind spots that are associated with accidents with vulnerable road users. The research team identified a key blind spot, and worked with the DfT to revise European standards to remove this blind spot. This change in regulation has changed the mirror design of all new vehicles produced after June 2015.

This work directly led to a project with Transport for London as part of the CLOCS programme which aims to quantify and compare the size of blind spots associated with the top selling HGVs in the UK. The aim is to identify design features which improve direct vision through the windows of HGVs and to foster improved design in the future.

Following the presentation we will have an open forum for discussions, as well as a chance to network and enjoy some refreshments. To reserve a place, please register online.

You can also get news and updates by joining the London Ergonomics Group on LinkedIn.

We look forward to seeing you there.

(This event was postponed from the summer, due to industrial action by London Underground on the day.)

Scottish Regional Group event
Feb 11 @ 18:00 – 19:30

The next meeting of the Scottish Regional Group will take place from 18:00 to 19:30 on 11th February 2016 in Glasgow. The exact venue will be confirmed shortly.

Dr Ron McLeod, who has been appointed as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer for their lecture season running from September 2016 to June 2017, will give a presentation entitled ‘Human Factors in Barrier Thinking’.

The oil and gas industry places great reliance on layers-of-defences, or barrier thinking, to protect against process safety incidents. Human performance continues to be the single most widely relied on barrier: whether as a defence in its own right, or in implementing, inspecting, maintaining and supporting engineered defences. Human error, in its many forms, also continues to be a significant threat to the reliability of engineered and organisational defences. While approaches to developing and assuring layers of defences strategies have become increasingly formalised and rigorous in recent years, many organisations struggle to know how to ensure the human defences they rely on are as robust as they reasonably can be when those strategies are developed and implemented. Drawing on the 2005 explosion and fire at the Buncefield fuel storage site as a case study, the presentation considers issues associated with the independence and effectiveness of human defences. Organisations can improve the strength of their human defences by being clearer about exactly what it is they expect and intend of human performance to protect against threats. The presentation sets out challenges organisations can use to ensure the human defences they rely on are as robust and reliable as they reasonably can be.

Please book your free place online.

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