Biomedical Engineering Association: How we are governed

The Board

The Board of the Biomedical Engineering Association is its governing body, and is composed of senior figures in medical and health engineering, including professors, company directors and consultant surgeons.

The Board provides strategic oversight of the Association’s activities which include events organised by TACs, publication of the Journal of Engineering in Medicine, educational and career-related activities and interaction with government and other Institutions.  It meets usually four times a year in London.  Membership of the Board is by election.

Any BmEA member can apply to join the Board; the Board may sometimes invite an application from someone if they have specific skills. Candidates have normally demonstrated a commitment to the activities of the Association through membership of TACs or other initiatives.

If you would like further information about the TACs, Board or BmEA please contact


Dr Cathy Holt BEng PhD CEng FIMechE
Reader in Biomechanics and Orthopaedic Engineering, Cardiff University

Vice Chairman

Dr S. Jamais CEng FIMechE
Senior Consultant, Medical Technology
Cambridge Consultants Ltd
Medical devices development for Surgical, Drug Delivery and Diagnostics applications

Immediate Past Chairman

Dr P.A. Finlay PhD CEng FIMechE
Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Measurement and Control
- Medical robotics, surgery technology, patient handling technology, rehabilitation robotics, medical device regulation, appropriate healthcare technology for developing countries

Ordinary Members

Prof Peter N Brett, PhD, CEng, FIMechE
Professor of Bioengineering Systems, Director, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, Brunel University London
- Robotic devices in surgery, smart sensing systems in medicine, surgery and rehabilitation.

Prof A M J Bull FREng PhD DIC CEng FIMechE

Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics, Imperial College London
- Musculoskeletal biomechanics, high impact loading including blast, biomedical engineering education.

Emeritus Professor Garth R Johnson FREng, CEng, FIMechE
Head of Research, ADL Smartcare Ltd, Newcastle University
Research Interests:  Assistive Technology with particular application to the needs of an ageing population.
- Assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation robotics, upper limb bio-mechanics, neurological impairment

Prof. Georges Limbert CEng FIMechE
Associate Professor of Biophysical Engineering
National Centre for Advanced Tribology, University of Southampton
Expertise/interests: biophysics of tissues, mathematical and computational modelling of biological soft tissues and biomaterials, skin biophysics and biotribology

Prof Alan Cottenden
Professor of Incontinence Technology, University College London.

Prof A Unsworth FREng CEng FIMechE
Director of Research, Faculty of Science and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering Durham University

Professor Robert J. Hinchliffe
Professor of Vascular Surgery
School of Social & Community Medicine
Vascular and endovascular surgery and clinical trials

Dr Alvaro Mata
Director, Institute of Bioengineering
Queen Mary, University of London
- Self-assembling biomaterials, hierarchical mineralization, biofabrication, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine

David Calder
Manager: Health and Care, Knowledge Transfer Network

Dr D E T Shepherd CEng FIMechE
Reader in Bio-Medical Engineering, University of Birmingham
- Design and mechanical testing of medical devices, particularly spinal implants, fracture fixation devices and surgical instruments

Prof D Dowson CBE FRS FREng CEng HonFIMechE
- Bio-tribology of human and animal systems and structures. Lubrication and wear of natural synovial joints and total joint replacements. Tribology of prosthetic materials.

Dr J R T Jeffers
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

Dr P Magee
Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital

Dr A W Khir
Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering
Arterial and cardiac mechanics – cardiac assist devices

Dr P Lawes CEng FIMechE
Medical Devices Technology Consultant

Young Members

Mr T M Pinto CEng MIMechE
Senior Medical Project Engineer - Electron Beam Processes Section, TWI

Samuel Vennin

Kings College London

Technical Activity Committees

In order to better develop Biomedical Engineering, a number of Technical Activity Committees (TACs) have been formed to focus on events in specific areas.

The following TACs have been formed:

  • INCONTINENCE  Chair - Alan Cottenden
  • ORTHOPAEDICS  Chair - Cathy Holt
  • CARDIOVASCULAR  Chairs - Spencer Sherwin & Ashraf Khir
  • AGEING  Chair - Garth Johnson
  • ROBOTICS  Chair - Patrick Finlay
  • SKIN  Chair - Georges Limbert

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