Careers Day speakers

Alina Graham, JCB

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Originally a student at Loughborough University, Alina is now working within Design as a Senior Ergonomist at JCB Construction and Agricultural Equipment. Working at JCB is quite the contrast to her first role at Aston Martin Lagonda, specialising in Manufacturing/Health & Safety, improving working procedures for technicians who hand build every Aston Martin vehicle.  Alina’s current role at JCB has exposed her to many different challenges and experiences – including the opportunity to work overseas.

Lisa Baker, DCA Design International

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Lisa began her Human Factors career doing consultancy work in Africa (Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya) and then after completing a Masters degree at Loughborough University, worked for Human Applications doing HF consultancy and training in the UK and Europe. For the past 5 years Lisa has worked at DCA Design International, operating globally from the offices based in Warwick. DCA is one of the world’s leading product design and development consultancies. Working with dynamic multidisciplinary teams, her role is to support the design of a diverse range of products and services, from trains to toothbrushes, and everything in between.

Ben McCaulder, Greenstreet Berman Ltd

Ben is a professionally qualified Human Factors specialist with over 20 years extensive experience in the application of Human Factors tools and techniques across a broad range of high hazard industries, particularly nuclear.  He has experience working in and managing multi-disciplined engineering programmes in relation to design and development; and safety assurance as well as inspection and regulation within the nuclear industry.

Ben originally studied Psychology where he first became aware of the discipline of Human Factors. He followed up his BSc studies with an MSc in Work Design and Ergonomics. Initially this led him to work within military aerospace before moving across to consultancy where he began work in industries such as nuclear, rail and transport. He has worked for large consultancy organisations, spent time working for himself, has been a regulator on behalf of the Office for Nuclear Regulation and now is part of the ownership and management team at Greenstreet Berman Ltd.

Frances Ives, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

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Fran studied Ergonomics at Loughborough University during which she spent a year working in the automotive industry as part of her degree; this gave her a real insight into how to apply Ergonomics in the real world!  Following graduation, Fran spent some time working in the nuclear industry for EDF (then British Energy) who operated eight of the UK’s nuclear power stations.  Fran worked within the Human Factors Team on a variety of project such as the design and layout of the control room, the impact of staff switching from 8 to 12 hour shifts and the design, wording and presentation of procedures to ensure they were clear and safe to use.  From the nuclear industry, Fran moved into healthcare where she has spent the last 13 years.  Working in a large NHS Trust provides no shortage of Ergonomics challenges including working with surgeons who are struggling with musculoskeletal discomfort due to prolonged posture and poor workspace layout, looking at the design and equipment in bathrooms to try and understand why patients fall, looking at safer ways to retrieve patients who have fallen from the floor and improving patient flow and safety through A&E.

Sarah Tapley, Tapley Ergonomics Ltd

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Sarah Tapley, CIEHF Registered Ergonomics consultant for the past 6 years after many years working as a Specialist Inspector at HSE. The consultancy offers a pragmatic approach to help businesses integrate Ergonomics and Human  Factors into their everyday processes to improve productivity and reduce risk. I work primarily in the occupational sector rather than design, or high hazard environments.

Sam Lee, Integra Aerospace Ltd

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With over 20 years of experience working within the aviation sector, Sam brings a passion and enthusiasm to aviation training that initially sparked his aviation dream when he was a teenager.

Trained as a commercial pilot and aircraft engineer, Sam flew for a small aerial survey company and then joined KLMUK Engineering as a Techincal Instructor and development manager.

Today Sam runs his own company, Integra Aerospace, working with aviaton organisations to design and deliver compliance and competency based training, that comes with it’s own unique style. 

Sam’s desire is to see the way we deliver human factors training change, leading to a greater awareness of how they affect us daily.