Regional Groups

Regional Groups organise meetings, events and site visits and are open to anyone. All Institute members get invited to their local group events.

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 or to put forward an idea for a meeting or visit.

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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: TBC

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

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: TBC

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: Eryl Marsh

Peninsula South West
Devon & Cornwall
Organiser: Bernie Masters

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

Upcoming group events

North West Regional Group meeting @ AREVA RMC
Oct 1 @ 17:30 – 20:00

Standing up in court

Expert evidence is usually sought in court when there is a dispute that needs detailed scientific or technical knowledge. Ergonomists and human factors specialists are especially valuable as expert witnesses because of the holisitic nature of the investigations they carry out.

According to the UK Register of Expert Witnesses:

“An expert witness should have:

– A sound knowledge of the subject matter in dispute, and, usually, practical experience of it.
– The powers of analytical reasoning required to fulfil the assignment.
– The ability to communicate findings and opinions clearly, concisely and in terms adapted to the tribunal before which evidence is being given.
– The flexibility of mind to modify opinions in the light of fresh evidence or counter-arguments.
– The ability to ‘think on one’s feet’, so necessary in coping with cross-examination.
– A demeanour that is likely to inspire confidence, particularly in court appearances.”

If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to be an expert witness, how you gather your findings and how to stand up to pressure in the witness box, come to the next CIEHF North West Regional Group meeting in Warrington.

Claire Dickinson from the Office of Rail and Road and John Lovegrove of Canary Designs will be leading a discussion on how to make the expert witness role a positive experience. They will be reflecting on their experiences and drawing out the lessons learned.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 1st October 5:30pm for a 6pm start, at AREVA RMC, 303 Bridgewater Place, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6XF. If you would like to attend, please contact the North West Regional Group Organiser, Emma Ridsdale, email

London & South East Regional Group meeting @ AECOM, MidCity Place
Oct 8 @ 17:30 – 21:00

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Getting people to stand and move around at work – what works? – A 2015 review of the evidence.

Tim Hunter, Director, Fluto Ltd
The first part of the talk will provide a brief overview of some of the recent headline studies on inactivity at work. This will be followed by a discussion of some evidence based interventions designed to get people to stand and move around more at work. The presentation will finish with a summary of clinical take home messages and preview some exciting new innovations coming to the field.

There will be an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from various industries in the south east at this free event. It is CPD eligible and is highly recommended for people who are keen to advance their careers by networking with peers and keeping up to date with the latest research. Book your free place here.


Scottish Regional Group event @ School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Oct 8 @ 18:30 – 20:00

The Intelligent Transportation System on the New Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing, due to open in late 2016, forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the important Forth Crossing transport corridor. Once completed the structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. However the scheme is much larger than the bridge alone with a 13.7mile (22km) footprint that includes the creation of a ‘managed motorway’ through the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to assist in regulating the flow of traffic approaching and crossing the Forth.

IBI Group form part of the design team for the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortia and are responsible for the delivery of the full Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategy and detailed design for all aspects of the ITS equipment and systems for the new crossing. Services include the production of detailed designs and associated documentation to cover the ITS Equipment Layout, IP Network Design and Termination Detail, and Power Design and Termination Detail.

Paul Maitland and Aaron Brown from the IBI Group will discuss the outline scheme design, ITS Equipment and operational management that is being provided as part of the new crossing and how these are planned to be used to provide a better customer experience. They will also discuss the Active and Passive IP Infrastructure that is being provided as part of the overall network enhancements.

This event is organised by the BCS Interaction Group in conjunction with the CIEHF’s Scottish Regional Group.

Click here to contact the organisers and to book.

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