The CHFG Team

Martin Bromiley OBE

Martin Bromiley OBE

Airline Captain. CHFG Founder

Martin founded the Charity in 2007 with academics, clinicians, leaders and policy makers. He combines his work with the charity while working as an Airline Captain. Martin occasionally speaks at key events 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).

Professor Chris Frerk

Professor Chris Frerk

CHFG Chair

Chris is a consultant anaesthetist in the NHS and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. He has a longstanding passion for human factors and patient safety working to ensure the inclusion of Human Factors and Ergonomics into national reports and guidelines, engaging with hospitals and national healthcare organisations. He presents at educational events about safety through design, systems and non-technical skills.

He has been a trustee of the Clinical Human Factors Group since 2011, stepping up to the role of chair in 2021.

Mr John Pickles

Mr John Pickles

CHFG Trustee

John took over the role as Chair of Clinical Human Factors Group in 2019.  He 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.

Dr Matthew Sargeant

Dr Matthew Sargeant

Consultant Psychiatrist. CHFG Trustee

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.

Nicola Davey

Nicola Davey

Pharmacist & Quality Improvement Expert. CHFG Trustee

Nicola trained as a pharmacist before studying quality improvement. She is Head of Quality Improvement at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. She 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.

Dr. Patrick Waterson

Dr. Patrick Waterson

Trustee

Dr Patrick Waterson is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Chartered Psychologist, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He joined Loughborough University in 2007. In 2014 he was awarded the William Floyd Medal from the UK Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors for outstanding contribution to the field of Human Factors.

Professor Rhona Flin

Professor Rhona Flin

CHFG Trustee

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.

Rebecca O’Leary (Staff)

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.