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Safety and Reliability Group promotes the development of safety and reliability requirements for products such as equipment, systems or services.

Safety and Reliability Group Board

Each member of the Board has a designated role responsible for:

  • Reporting on technical activities
  • Communications with the Institution's regions and areas
  • Links with
    • Industry
    • Academia
    • Government
    • Defence.

Pete Stewart - Chair

Professional Engineer, FIMechE, Director at Hydrock NMCL

Vaughan Cole

Former H M Principal Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety (Mechanical Engineering) at Health and Safety Executive

Vaughan, over a period of twenty years, held senior mechanical engineering positions in Health and Safety Executive. He was a Petroleum Specialist in HSE, Offshore Division, a Principal Specialist Inspector in Railway Division and a Principal Specialist Inspector in Field Operations Division. Vaughan has assessed safety reports or safety cases in all three Divisions for offshore, rail and COMAH activities.

Prior to joining HSE, he was employed by CEGB for ten years in the assessment of nuclear safety reports or cases. Vaughan’s earlier responsibilities, with British Rail, related to all aspects of railway mechanical and electrical engineering and with BOC, low temperature development projects. In addition, with CEGB, he was employed on coal and oil fired power stations and was responsible for conventional plant quality and timely delivery at contractors works.

Richard Denning

Principal Reliability Engineer for the Ministry of Defence

Richard is responsible for all policy and standards on reliability across the MOD.

In prior posts he has been intensively involved in setting reliability requirements and assessing the achievement of requirements for naval weapon systems and for major platforms. He has produced numerous papers on various aspects of Defence Reliability and has a particular interested in modelling the Reliability characteristics of complex multi-function platforms and the use of the Reliability Case as a tool to ensure Reliability of assets. He is past Chairman and President of the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) and is currently editor of the SaRS Journal.

Cathy Hunsley

HSE Senior Manager at Transport for London

John Jost

John Mount

Technical Specialist in Human Factors for Rolls-Royce Submarines, Derby. 

John has extensive experience in providing human factors input into the design justification and safety and reliability assessment of submarine reactor plant. 

John began his career as a mechanical engineer, and has since specialised in human factors, providing both human reliability assessment into probabilistic safety assessment, and providing human factors input into plant design.  Currently, John is Chair of Working Group 4, Human Factors, for the IMechE Safety and Reliability Group.

Mark Norris

Managing Consultant, Sweco UK

Reliability professional since 1998, delivering Reliability improvements, as a senior manager and engineer, to the; automotive, rail, nuclear, construction equipment, vacuum pump, blue chip manufacturing and high technology research sectors mainly in new product Introduction.

Mark also has experience in asset management and project management as well as design and development. Problem solving is Mark's specialism at all stages of the product lifecycle. Mark facilitates and trains individuals and teams in problem solving techniques as well as root cause analysis, such as FTA, FMEA and other six sigma techniques to improve new products and resolve field failure issues. Mark is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE, Member of the Institute of Asset Management and Affiliate of the Chartered Management Institute.

Frederick Pell

Rasa Remenyte-Prescott

Jon Wiggins

Robert Wilson

Bob Wilson is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer having served an apprenticeship covering both mechanical and electrical engineering. He was enrolled as a Member of the IMechE in 1971 and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (formerly BIM/IIM) 1986/7.

His engineering career has included research and development, design, production, application.

Prior to retirement in 2004, he was a Senior R&M Engineer within the Defence Logistics Organisation of the UK MoD. He supported the introduction of the reliability case and also pioneered root cause analysis as part of the MoD reliability tool kit. He is now a general consultant operating under the business name of Tridiam Services including accident investigation and similar activities relating to Safety and Reliability.

Alex Wood

Working Groups

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