Biomedical Engineering Division: How we are governed

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

The Board, which usually meets four times a year, provides strategic oversight of the Division’s activities which include:

  • events organised by TACs
  • publication of the Journal of Engineering in Medicine
  • educational and career-related activities
  • interaction with government and other Institutions.

Membership of the Board is by election.

Any BmED 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 Division through membership of TACs or other initiatives.

BMeD Board

Dr Silvain Jamais CEng FIMechE - Chair

Senior Consultant, Medical Technology, Cambridge Consultants Ltd
Medical devices development for surgical, drug delivery and diagnostics applications

Dr Cathy Holt BEng PhD CEng FIMechE - Immediate Past Chair

Reader in Biomechanics and Orthopaedic Engineering, Cardiff University

Dr Mahsa Avadi CEng MIMechE - Young Member

 Product Development Engineer, DePuy Synthes

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.

David Calder

Manager: Health and Care, Knowledge Transfer Network

Dr Iain Charlton CEng MIMechE

 Regulatory Lead, Oxehealth

Zoe Clarke AMIMechE, - Young Member

Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Prof Alan Cottenden PhD CEng FIMechE

Professor of Incontinence Technology, University College London.

Expertise / interests: incontinence technology, absorbents technology, skin biophysics and biotribology, international standards, mathematical modelling and clinical-technical correlations. 

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 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

Dr Antonio Fratini

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Aston University 

Professor Robert J. Hinchliffe

Professor of Vascular Surgery, School of Social & Community Medicine, 

Vascular and endovascular surgery and clinical trials

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

Dr J R T Jeffers

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

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

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

Dr P Magee

Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital

Dr Alvaro Mata

Professor in Biomedical Engineer & Biomaterials, Queen Mary, University of London

Self-assembling biomaterials, hierarchical mineralization, biofabrication, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine


Dr Samantha Micklewright - Young Member

Clinical Scientist at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Helen Meese BEng (Hons) DIS CEng MIMechE

Helen MeeseHealthcare and Medtech Policy & Public Affairs Consultant

Helen is an Electro-Mechanical Power Engineer with over 20 years of experience in both academia and industry. Her academic career was spent at Loughborough University researching turbocharger performance and electrical defence systems for armoured vehicles. Her industrial career was in the defence industry managing projects on euro-fighter typhoon, submarine systems and naval vessels.

Helen began working for the IMechE in 2013 as Head of Engineering in Society. She became Head of Healthcare Policy in 2015, managing programmes on all aspects of health and social care, focusing on innovative healthcare technologies and their impact on patient care. Now as a consultant, Helen continues to develop thought leadership across the healthcare sector to raise the profile of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical engineering.

Tom Pinto CEng MIMechE - Young Member


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

Professor Anthony Unsworth FREng CEng FIMechE

Professor Emeritus, Department of Engineering, Durham University.
Editor in Chief, Proceedings of IMechE Part H Journal of Engineering in Medicine.

Research interests Bio-tribology.

Dr Richard Van Arkel - Young Member

Lecturer, Imperial College London

Samuel Vennin - Young Member

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 TACs are:

  • Incontinence:  Chair - Alan Cottenden
  • Orthopaedics:  Chair - Cathy Holt
  • Cardiovascular:  Chairs - Spencer Sherwin and Ashraf Khir
  • Ageing:  Chair - Garth Johnson
  • Robotics:  Chair - Patrick Finlay
  • Skin:  Chair - Georges Limbert

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