Pharmaceutical Engineering Committee




Who we are

The Pharmaceuticals Committee is a Technical Activity Committee (TAC) within the Process Industries Division. It provides a focus for the exchange of information and ideas, and the dissemination of best engineering knowledge and practice in the pharmaceuticals industry.

What we do

  • Work together to progress our objectives
  • Meet together at least three times a year for networking, sharing and working through our initiatives and objectives
  • Award the Moss Prize for outstanding contributions to pharmaceutical engineering
  • Organise lectures on a range of technical and other topics related to leading-edge engineering in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Present webinars on subjects relevant to engineers and other technical staff in pharmaceutical manufacturing and support
  • Develop a new Pharmaceutical Design Prize available for undergraduate students.
  • Entertain, enthuse, educate and encourage engineers, and potential engineers, of all ages
  • Work closely with our colleagues on the equivalent committee in other professional bodies.

Our objectives

  • To raise the profile of the contribution and importance of mechanical engineering to the pharmaceutical industry
  •  To improve awareness and  visibility of the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available to young and developing mechanical engineers
  • Encourage mechanical engineers to enhance their contribution to the achievement of the industry's goals; for the mutual benefit of all the parties and seek to increase membership interest and knowledge in the pharmaceuticals sector
  • Become the leading authority on mechanical engineering within the pharmaceutical industry
  • To examine the content and impact of regulations on industry and to provide input to regulatory bodies
  • Seek ways for the supplier and user community to be more cost effective in meeting the cost burden of compliance with current regulations and standards
  • To seek close liaison with other professional organisations that operate in the same industrial environment
  • To establish a vision of where the mechanical engineering support for the industry should be within 10 years.

Committee members

Karen Stevenson - Chair

Karen Stevenson

Karen has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over two decades, across dosage forms, oral to sterile.  Ranging across quality, GxP and regulatory affairs; engineering, automated systems and process; in roles from GxP Auditor to Validation Manager and head of department.

She is currently working for GSK within GMS Engineering and EHS global compliance.

‘We must encourage the next generation, while valuing the contribution made by the last.  Knowledge sharing and networking is a part of this.  We have an open-door policy in this committee, welcoming new members’

Karen is Chair of the Pharmaceutical TAC committee and has been involved with the institution for over 15 years.

Chris Hurst - Vice Chairman

Chris HurstHead of Operational Engineering & Compliance, GSK

Chris is a chartered mechanical engineer who has worked for the GSK group of companies in a range of engineering roles for over 30 years.  He has worked at six pharmaceutical manufacturing sites in the UK, Mexico and Spain and is currently Head of Operational Engineering & Compliance for the GSK manufacturing network of 70 sites in 30 countries.

Chris has a particular interest in manufacturing plant maintenance, reliability and equipment performance and has also led GSK’s engineering standards and compliance programme.

Richard Coe CEng, MIMechE

Principal Consultant, Protogen Ltd.

A Chartered Engineer, lead auditor and MHRA registered RP, Richard has over 40 years of engineering design and management experience in industries as diverse as agriculture and motorsport. 

He has spent the last 20 years exclusively in pharmaceutical management and consultancy positions, including validation, GMDP quality engineering, quality systems, lean compliance and risk-based GMDP sustainable policies, for companies such as Xellia, Novartis, Medimmune, Lonza, Pfizer, GSK, Alexion and Ipsen. 

Outside of RP and project duties, his interests include architectural design, house renovation, gardening and motorsport.

Aaron Blair


Andrew Davies

Andrew Derry

David Howson

Daniel Levett

Project Manager in the Ellipta expansion programme, GSK

Dan graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2014 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering focusing on heat transfer, fluid flow and advance manufacturing including a dissertation in additive manufacturing.

Straight from university he joined GSK on their graduate programme which has given him a breath of experience across consumer healthcare, primary and secondary pharmaceutical manufacturing. His roles have included Project Manager/Engineer, Reliability Engineer and Site Physical Contamination Programme Lead.

Dan is also progressing through the IMechE MPDS scheme.

Joanne Lilley

Mike Machin

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.


Hadi Mirzaei B.Eng (Hons) MSc C.Eng MIMechE

Pharmaceutical Capital Project Manager 

Hadi is a Pharmaceutical Capital Project Manager with a strong background in health care, personal care, controlled drugs, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical industry.

Hadi has a good understanding of primary manufacturing, secondary filling and tertiary packaging of liquid and solid products in cGMP facilities. His expertise is in project management of pharmaceutical projects from inception throughout feasibility, concept design, basis of design, detail design, construction, commissioning, validation and close out.

He has held a number of positions in manufacturing and supply chain, continuous improvement and operational excellence, engineering and pharmaceutical project management.

Hadi has a particular interest in projects involving realisation of novel pharmaceutical products through engineering solutions.

David Palmer


Ellen Rawlinson


Ian Skinner B.Eng (Hons) C.Eng FIMechE FCIBSE FIHEEM

Ian Skinner

Skinner Associates
A mechanical building services engineer by training with more than 35 years of experience designing and developing the engineering services systems to provide closely controlled environments in the science, health and research facilities.

Ian’s experience includes many and varied projects requiring highly resilient and closely controlled conditions ranging from clean and ultra-clean environments - pharmaceutical, research, medical etc., to ultra-dirty - biological, chemical, radiation containment etc. and high stability/resilience facilities.

His aim is to provide the strategic and technical support required during the planning, design, procurement/construction, testing/commissioning and ongoing operation of each building/facility in support of achieving successful and optimum outcomes for their successful and profitable operation.

Ian Sutherland

Brunel University

Chas Underhay CEng MIMechE

Chas is a Chartered mechanical engineer with over 35 years experience both in the UK and overseas. He has been involved with, and in many cases lead, a wide range of pharmaceutical and bio-containment projects as well as nuclear and microelectronics projects in the past.

Chas is experienced in the design, construction, commissioning validation and licensing of such facilities and takes great interest in robust solutions for their related HVAC systems and process utilities, including purified water, WFI and pure steam systems, process temperature control systems, compressed air, gas and vacuum systems, thermal effluent treatment plant and process control.

Marcus Vallance

Adrian Wallis

SPE Solutions Ltd

Eur Ing Maurice Worthington MSc C.Eng FIMechE MEI

Maurice WorthingtonChartered mechanical engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Energy Institute with over 35 years experience in project, mechanical and process engineering mainly in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Maurice’s current experience as a project manager for an engineering design and consultancy company includes various assignments, covering project engineering and validation work for pharmaceutical industry clients. 

Previously employed by a major United States pharmaceutical manufacturer as a lead project engineer, and Head of Engineering in the Maintenance Department for the Mechanical Workshop, Planning, Fermentation and Recovery, Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Prizes and awards

The Committee provides nominations to the Process Industries Division's prizes and awards.

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