Martin founded the Charity in 2007 with academics, clinicians, leaders and policy makers. He continues as Chair while working as an Airline Captain. Martin speaks at events, visits healthcare organisations and is invited to input to policy development. His work is widely recognised and his many awards include the Royal College of Anaesthetists Medal and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (ad hom).
Nicola trained as a pharmacist before studying quality improvement. She now spends her time teaching, coaching and consulting in the practice of improvement using robust change methods. She has a keen interest in using Human Factors principles to understand complex problems and design solutions that work in the real world. She has been a member of CHFG since its inception and a Trustee since 2011.
Prof. Chris FrerkConsultant Anaesthetist
Chris is a founding member Trustee. He has collaborated with hospitals, medical defence organisations, healthcare regulators, the Royal Academy of Engineering and international healthcare organisations with the aim of improving patient safety. Wherever possible he uses his influence to ensure that Human Factors and Ergonomics perspectives are included in national healthcare reports and guidelines.
In his NHS Trust he has helped improve workplace design, staff training and incident investigation.
Chris presents at educational events discussing safety through design, systems and non-technical skills
Prof. Rhona FlinIndustrial Psychologist
Rhona is Professor of Industrial Psychology, at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. She carries out research and consultancy projects on human performance in high risk industries, looking at leadership, culture, team skills and decision making in healthcare, aviation and the energy industries.
Dr Matthew SargeantConsultant Psychiatrist
Matthew works clinically in the NHS. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cardiff and Swansea Universities. Matthew runs education seminars regionally and nationally and presents internationally. Workplace ergonomics is his passion for a safer, healthier and more effective health and social care. Matthew has an interest in how education and training facilitates this economically across all clinical specialities.
Jo Simmons (Staff)Ergonomist and Registered Nurse
Jo joined us as Programme Manager to lead the sponsorship project, and to direct and manage our increasing activity. Jo works applying Human Factors and ergonomics in a range of industries. She is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors expert. She re-registered as a Nurse to work in NHS research and project management roles in service improvement and early cancer diagnosis.
Rebecca O’Leary (Staff)Business Manager
Rebecca runs all aspects of the Charity’s business functions, including marketing, events, supporter management, Trustee meetings and all communications. Rebecca brings experience in managing membership organisations and is the glue that enables the charity to act as a conduit, a network hub, and an influencer.
John was a NHS Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon and hospital Medical Director when he became interested in patient safety improvement including the role of human factors. He worked on the UK’s Patient Safety First campaign and on the introduction of the WHO Safer Surgery Checklist to hospitals in England. Although he has retired from his clinical role he is still involved in patient safety improvement and human factors training.