The governing body of the Institute is Council, a body of 16 elected trustees plus grade representatives, all members of the CIEHF, who meet 4 times per year. The responsibilities of trustees are broadly 3-fold, to ensure:

  1. That the Institute fulfils charitable obligations which tangibly benefit the public at large.
  2. That the Institute provides a competitive package of benefits to members of all grades.
  3. That it maintains an agreed strategic course, a course proposed from time to time in conjunction with the Chief Executive and as agreed by Council, consistent with the Institute remaining a thriving, going concern.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of four senior trustees provides comment, analysis and recommendations to Council. Click on the names for more details.

I'm currently working as an independent consultant in Human Factors and Ergonomics having recently stepped down as Head of the Human Factors Department at the Institute of Naval Medicine. I'm assisting the NHS with the investigation of safety occurrences and I'm working on a new book about active office work, to be published in the summer. I recently published a fourth edition my textbook 'Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics'. I was CIEHF Treasurer 2013-2016 and worked with the Chief Executive on the successful re-negotiation of CIEHF's royalty agreements. I have extensive experience of working both in academia and in defence. I look forward to working with the management team to implement the Institute’s new strategic plan and, particularly on initiatives to improve CIEHF’s financial resilience. I'm keen to improve CIEHF’s business intelligence, particularly in relation to the new membership initiative, so that CIEHF can grow its membership and deliver a more focussed service to all.
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I’m an academic and practitioner and have been working in Human Factors since the early 1990s. I'm Head of Engineering and Professor at Nottingham Trent University where I've been tasked with setting up a new department characterised by innovative project based learning. We embed ergonomics and human factors throughout our engineering degrees where all of our students learn how important it is to consider the user’s needs, desires and capabilities when it comes to applied engineering practice. My research interests focus on transport systems ergonomics, ranging from automotive through to military, agriculture, sport and aviation. I have a global outlook collaborating with industry and academia from across all continents. Before starting in my current role I was an editor of the journal 'Ergonomics' for 10 years. Previously I worked as Professor at Imperial College London, and at Loughborough University.
I’ve been applying HF/E to address industry problems since I gained MSc Ergonomics from UCL in 1995. I’m an experienced HF/E people manager and enjoy developing (and learning from!) my team. I'm a Chartered Fellow, European Ergonomist and AFBPsS. In 2018, I was honoured to receive the Otto Edholm award. I work in Rail and Defence and co-developed the HSE’s Offshore HFI standard (RR001). In recent years, I expanded the application of HF/E into cybersecurity, developing a new approach. As an industry practitioner, I appreciate client budgetary challenges and am keen to champion HF/E in our 5-year plan. To this end, I would support more Human Connection publications and am keen to encourage collaboration and knowledge-sharing. I would like to see HF methods and templates on our website. CIEHF-endorsed training courses, career pathways and CPD would also gain my support.



Upcoming Council meetings:
5 September 2019
5 December 2019

I’m currently the Human Factors lead in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within BAE Systems Military Air & Information Human Factors Shared Service. My primary role involves both project and research activities in Human Factors issues associated with UAS design, development and operation for current and future platforms. I aim to bring an industry perspective to Council and to continue to promote membership at all levels of the Institute.
I have been a member of CIEHF since 1990 and have moved through the memberships grades, attaining Fellow grade in 2006. Over the years I have held many CIEHF volunteering roles - several terms of office on the PAB and also Membership Committee. I am a keen believer in the professional development of our membership and would like to help both Council and PAB explore further development opportunities for our members' professional expertise. Although retired now, I have many years experience from working in the manufacturing and defence sectors, and in research, teaching and course management and development in higher education. My current personal development goal involves completion of a PhD in 2019 - something I have wanted to do all my working life.
I graduated from Systems Engineering MEng in 2005 then PhD in Human Sciences (Ergonomics) at Loughborough University. During this I joined the CIEHF as a Student Member. I have been part of the Membership Committee for a number of years, supporting various initiatives, including development of the Student Committee and introduction of the Technical Member grade and have recently joined the Events Committee. I’m a Lecturer in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University, with broad research interests in design, organisational systems and pedagogy. I’m keen to bring my varied background and enthusiasm to the Council.
I have over 18 years experience working in the human factors and ergonomics domain. I'm a Chartered Ergonomist and Chartered Engineer. I'm the founder and Managing Director of K Sharp, a business dedicated to human factors and Human Science Research which I have been running for 7 years. This builds upon a career working in aviation and defence in both applied Human Factors as well as leading edge and Blue Sky Research. I believe in volunteering and supporting the CIEHF, previously I have been a membership assessor and am currently a CPD reviewer. I believe as a Council member I can bring my experiences of working in industry, running my business and promoting Human Factors Excellence. I want to contribute to the the development of the CIEHF, bringing my experience in industry as well as campaigning and lobbying for improvements and recognition of our sector.

I’ve been involved in the Institute for many years - on Council, on PAB, as Chair of PAB, and as President. I breathed a sigh of relief and stepped back a few years ago. I’m currently a Chartered Fellow, and work part-time at Greenstreet Berman – the consultancy I co-founded in 1997. I want to help engage the membership and build on the platform that Chartership gave us, but which I fear we are not exploiting as aggressively as we could. Perhaps we could be clearer about who we consider to be a professional ergonomist, and why CIEHF is their natural and only real ‘home’. Do we also need further clarity about the extent to which CIEHF is a professional institution, a membership organisation, or a trade body? These are not mutually exclusive, but pull in different directions.  
I've been a teaching / research fellow at Cranfield University for 3 years, working in the centre for accident investigation. My main research interest is mental workload. Prior to this I completed a BSc in ergonomics at Loughborough, followed by a PhD at the University of Nottingham and Network Rail. I have been heavily involved with the Institute for around 10 years, working on the Secretariat for the Ergonomics & Human Factors Conference every year. As well as this I served a term on Council as Graduate Rep (2010 – 2013), was involved in the Early Career Researchers SIG, and involved in the Events Committee before being elected to Council again. I was also co-chair of the Programme Committee for EHF2017, and again for 2018 and 2019. I'm passionate about the events that the Institute run, and hope to remain heavily involved in the conception, design, and running of these events during my term on Council.
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2015 with a BSc in Ergonomics (Human Factors Design) and received the Nissan Award for Automotive Ergonomics. I also attained a DPS following a year in industry with JCB. I'm now an Ergonomist at JCB, where I focus on heavy machinery design ergonomics, UX and innovation. I aim to put forward the perspective of young Ergonomics professionals working in industry, and bridge the gap between academia and industry.
I'm an Inspector with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, where I've worked to integrate HF into the Branch's strategy and investigations since July 2012. Prior to that most of my career was in academia, and I have a heightened appreciation of the 'research-practice gap' thanks to my experience on both sides of that fence. I would seek ways for the CIEHF to address this during my time on Council. I also have a keen interest in public engagement with human factors / ergonomics, and I want to help the CIEHF mark its 70th anniversary in 2019.
I'm currently a pharmaceutical physician with a background in hospital medicine who entered the pharmaceutical sectors through the regulatory agency and clinical research routes. My interest in human factors was triggered by to ‘Err is Human’ and I joined the Clinical Human Factors Group at its inception. After several attempts to establish a pharmaceutical equivalent group I'm delighted to chair the CIEHF's Pharmaceutical Ergonomics and Human Factors group since November 2015 and it’s a great privilege to represent all Associate Members on Council.


Registrar and ex-officio, non-voting, member of Council and the PAB (Professional Affairs Board), since May 2018.
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Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer (DPO) ensures, in an independent manner, that an organisation applies the laws protecting individuals’ personal data. The designation, position and tasks of a DPO within an organisation are described in Articles 37, 38 and 39 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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Professional Affairs Board

The Professional Affairs Board (PAB) is responsible for setting and overseeing the professional standards of the CIEHF membership. The Board is responsible for maintaining the registers of professional members and of consultancies, and also for accrediting ergonomics/human factors degree and short courses. The Board is also responsible for maintaining professional standards through the Code of Professional Conduct and the Disciplinary Procedure. Members of the PAB are elected and are all Registered Members or Fellows of the Institute. The accreditation work of the Board is divided amongst volunteers who assess applications against the standards set by the Board.

Read the full set of rules governing PAB activities.

Current members of PAB:
Fiona Cayzer (Chair)
Diane Gyi (Education & Training Lead)
Dave O’Neill (Fellowship Lead)
Philippa Brockington (Registered Consultancy Lead)
Martin Thody (CPD Lead)
Mike Gray (Chair CREE Panel)
Terry Lansdown
Roy Cochran-Patel
Karen Priestman
Katharine Metters
Paul Clark

Membership Committee

The primary function of the Membership Committee is to ensure as far as possible that membership of the Institute is attractive, valuable and career enhancing. The secondary functions of the Membership Committee are:

  • to formulate and investigate the feasibility of initiatives for gaining new members.
  • to formulate and investigate the feasibility of initiatives for the retention of existing members.
  • to work with PAB and the Membership Manager to ease and streamline application processes.
  • to review and suggest improvements to the membership benefits package.
  • to work with the CE and COO to formulate and drive the Delivery Plan relating to membership matters. 

Events Champion & Programme Committees

The remit of the Events Champion is:

  • to assess the feasibility of annual events run by the Institute.
  • to assess ad-hoc events suggested by members.
  • to contribute to the planning, format, programme and delivery of each event.
  • to support programme committees formed for specific events.
  • to work with the CE and COO to formulate and support that part of the Delivery Plan relating to events.

The primary function of the Programme Committees is to contribute to national events that are organised and run by the Institute to ensure they are of high quality, provide value and benefit to attendees, and contribute to continuing professional development.

Honours Committee

The primary function of the Honours Committee is to recognise individuals and groups who have contributed to the advancement of ergonomics, exceptional volunteering, contributions to the discipline and the noteworthy application of ergonomics/human factors in the UK and the award of distinctions each year.

Current members of the Honours Committee:
Neil Mansfield (Chair)
Bob Bridger
Amanda Widdowson
Claire Dickinson
Ian Randle
Sarah Sharples
Roger Haslam