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

Scottish Regional Group event @ Glasgow Caledonian University
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 at Glasgow Caledonian University in Room 8, Centre for Executive Education (CEE) Building. See campus map.

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.

For your information, future events are provisionally arranged as follows:
May: Site visit to Falke Offshore training school and presentation by Sue Coleshaw on HF interventions in the new EBS for offshore helicopter travel, venue tbc in Aberdeen.
August/ September: Site visit J&J Medical, Livingston
December 1st: Margaret Hanson will present “Green ergonomics challenges and opportunities”, venue The Keil Centre, Edinburgh followed by meal at venue tbc.

South Wales Regional Group event @ Miskin Manor
Feb 11 @ 18:30 – 20:00

The first meeting of the South Wales Regional Group for 2016 will take place at Miskin Manor, Cardiff on 11 February 2016 from 18:30.

We are pleased to announce that the presenter for the meeting is Steve Barraclough, Chief Executive of the CIEHF, who will be presenting ‘CIEHF Past, Present and Future’.

The meeting will give you a chance to discuss your thoughts on the CIEHF with Steve and also network with colleagues. We will also be discussing plans for potential presentations for 2016 and beyond.

We really value your input into the direction of the group moving forward and we will also be providing complimentary refreshments and canapes at the meeting.

The event will take place in the Oak Room at Miskin Manor on Pendoylan Road, Groes-faen, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan CF72 8ND. The Manor is conveniently located off Junction 34 of the M4.

For further details about the group, please contact Group Lead, Clyde Crawford, email

To book your free place, please complete our online form.

Central Midlands Regional Group event @ Birmingham & Midland Institute
Feb 17 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Dr Richard Lilley from Tracksys Ltd will be presenting new tools for qualitative behavioural measurement in the SIM and real environments. These include SMIs Natural Gaze eyetracking Glasses and The Observer XT from Noldus. Richard will also be discussing how multiple different measures such as gaze, behaviour, physiology and SIM output, can be combined in an integrated approach.

This is a chance to see the advances in technology that have led to these sophisticated devices becoming more widespread in a whole host of domains, and Richard brings, fresh from testing, the most advanced technology in the field.

Refreshments will be available. Book your free place online now.

Bristol Regional Group event @ Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Feb 25 @ 19:00 – 20:30

You are invited to attend the first 2016 meeting of CIEHF’s Bristol Regional Group, entitled ‘Ergonomists Anonymous’.

This evening will consist of an open floor session to allow members of the Regional Group to get to know each other and the domains we work in and to discuss the everyday and unusual problems faced by us, as ergonomists, within our representative domains.

Location: Frazer-Nash Consultancy, The Cube, 1 Lower Lamb Street, Bristol, BS1 5UD
Date: Thursday, 25th February 2016
Time: 19:00 -20:30

Attendance and refreshments are free of charge but please book your place here.

For more information, email Regional Group Lead Joanne Butler, at

Peninsula South West Regional Group event @ Community Services, Brooklands Office Complex, St Luke's Hospice
Mar 9 @ 18:30 – 21:00

Reducing Risk

This event will feature two speakers talking about reducing risk in two different sectors: healthcare and transport.

Falls & Risk Management by Pen Davies-Gregory from St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth

Illustration of a systems approach to a falls management programme within the hospice environment required collaboration both within and outside the organisation. Difficulties with project management such as discussions with architects and external contractors will be highlighted, along with the development of strategies.

Railway signalling design is all about separation by Allan Morgan from Rail Control Solutions

At level crossings there must be adequate separation of the travelling public, both vehicular and pedestrian, from the rail infrastructure. There will be a discussion on how human behaviour drives the market demand for innovation.

Attendance is free but please book your place online.

Southern Regional Group event @ Southampton University
Mar 17 @ 14:00 – 16:30

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research Unit at Southampton University have very kindly offered to host the next Southern Regional Group event on 17th March 2016. The visit will comprise some presentations on current projects and a tour of their facilities. The programme for the visit is as follows:

13.30 Tea and arrival
14.00 Welcome and Introduction
14.15 Whole-body vibration in MoD platforms
14.45 Acoustics and noise control
15.15 Hand-arm vibration syndrome
15.45 – 16.30 Tour of HFRU labs

Numbers are limited to 30 people so book your free place now with our online form.

East Midlands Regional Group event @ Loughborough University
Mar 21 @ 12:00 – 14:30

The event will start with a buffet lunch at 12noon. This will be followed at 12.30pm with a tour of the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine-East Midlands (NCSEM-EM) building.

After this at 1.15pm there will be a series of presentations on design and engineering, presenting research work ongoing within the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

Refreshments will be provided and the event will end at around 2.30pm.

Book your free place online by Monday 7th March.

For your information, the following future events have been provisionally booked:

22 June: visit to JCB, to be confirmed by end February.
21 September: visit/workshop at Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, to be confirmed by end July.
14 December: visit/ workshop/ social at DeVol Kitchens, Loughborough, to be confirmed by end October.

Peninsula South West Regional Group event
Jun 8 @ 18:30 – 19:30

This event will feature transport ergonomics with provisional presentations on the following:
Railway signalling
Road traffic signalling
Neural signalling

All 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.

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.

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