Committees

The operation of the Institute is guided by Council through Standing Committees concerned with Education, Engineering, Medals and Awards, Meetings, Membership,  Publications, and Research Co-ordination.

There are also working groups set up, as required, to work on specific tasks. Current groups include Sustainability, Amplitude Modulation, CPD, Professional Standards and Women and Families.

Council

Council is the governing body of the Institute and meets four times a year. Council comprises the members of Executive committee, three Vice Presidents (Groups Branches, International Affairs and Engineering Division) and nine elected ordinary members. In addition, there are two young members’ representatives who serve overlapping two year terms. The chairmen of the committees are also invited to attend Council meetings to provide reports of their areas of activity. The period of time that anyone can serve on Council is limited and elections take place at the Annual General Meeting. We seek to ensure that there is as wide as possible representation on Council, but if you feel that your area of acoustics does not have a voice, why not consider standing for election?

Council members 2020/21


Stephen Turner

President – Stephen Turner

Stephen has worked in the field of acoustics, noise and vibration for over 42 years in both the public and private sector. He has worked on a wide range of environmental and building acoustics projects, including noise from aviation, highways, railways and construction.  He has prepared and presented evidence for Public Inquiries, litigation and Parliamentary Select Committees.  For 15 years he was a technical advisor to the noise policy officials at Defra and its predecessors, including four years as a Civil Servant until 2015.  Work included providing technical input to a wide range of specific and strategic policy issues, including briefing Ministers, liaising with Other Government Departments, Local Authorities, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.  In addition, he had a close involvement in the drafting of the Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE); the noise elements of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and the Planning Practice Guidance on noise (PPG(N). More recently, he has been mainly involved in providing independent peer review for major infrastructure projects and Government research.  He is a member of the European Commission’s Noise Expert Group and the European Environment Agency’s Expert Panel on Noise.  He sits on several British Standards Committees and chairs the BSI committee on transportation noise.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and a Director of Stephen Turner Acoustics Limited.

Prof Barry Gibbs

Past President – Prof Barry Gibbs

Barry is Professorial Fellow within the Acoustics Research Unit of the University of Liverpool School of Architecture. His main research interest is structure-borne sound, particularly the development of measurement procedures and predictions in building acoustics. He has published over 90 journal papers and 200 conference papers. He was founding Editor of the journal Building Acoustics, now into its third decade. He has been Keynote Speaker at conferences in the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.K. He is a Fellow of the IOA, of the Acoustical Society of America, and of IIAV (International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration). He is Distinguished International Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA. He was President of IIAV in 2002-2004. In 2015, he was awarded the IOA R W Stephens Medal for acoustics research and education. He was President of the IOA in 2018-20.

Alistair Somerville

President Elect – Alistair Somerville

Alistair has a professional background in Environmental Health and developed a special interest in acoustics whilst working in Edinburgh Council’s Noise Team. He joined our Institute as an Associate in 1984, became a Corporate Member in 1988 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2016. He is also the 2002 Past-President of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

In Environmental Health he has managed the Noise, Planning, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Private Rented Services functions. As a part-time lecturer at Heriot Watt University he wrote and delivered their MSc Environmental Noise & Vibration module and delivered Acoustics modules for Mechanical and Building Services Engineering degrees.

He set up the first Scottish IOA Diploma Distance Learning Centre and brought the Environmental Noise Measurement Certificate course to Scotland.

Since 2013 he has operated as a self-employed acoustic consultant and lecturer/trainer. Outside of acoustics, he enjoys golf and ‘fiddling’ on guitar.

Fiona Rogerson

Honorary Secretary – Fiona Rogerson

Fiona is a Senior Acoustic Consultant with Arup in their Midlands’ office. Prior to joining Arup in 2017, she was a Principal Consultant at Atkins, where she managed the Birmingham team. Fiona’s focus is on environmental acoustics with a particular interest in road and rail but her experience includes a wide range of acoustics projects including industrial, mixed use development and building acoustics. Fiona has a strong interest in people and their development. She is currently mentoring champion for the Arup Acoustics team and earlier on in her career she took time out to become a secondary school Physics teacher for a number of years.

Fiona has been a member of the IOA Midlands Branch committee since 2013, becoming Secretary in 2014 and Chair in 2018. Fiona joined the IOA Executive committee in 2020 as Honorary Secretary.

Dr Martin Lester

Honorary Treasurer - Dr Martin Lester

Martin studied Acoustics within a Degree in Applied Physics at Liverpool Poly between ‘81 and ’85, undertook research in acoustics between ’85 and ’88, and Post-Doc research at Liverpool Uni in ’89. Since then I’ve been involved in Acoustics Consultancy including SRL, NES, RPS and as Lester Acoustics (since 2000), being based in Northern Ireland since 1997.

Within the IOA, I gained Membership of IOA in ’88, and was on the North-West Branch Committee between roughly 1986-97 (including the role of Honorary Treasurer for a while). During this time I also assisted with registration, minibus driving, and projector operator at many of the IOA one day and larger conferences. In ’97 I became a Registered Chartered Engineer through the IOA

Graham Parry

Vice President Groups and Branches – Graham Parry

Graham is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Institute of Acoustics. He is also the President of the Association of Noise Consultants. He is the Managing Director of ACCON UK Limited.

Graham has carried out environmental work in the transportation, commercial, mining, petrochemical and architectural fields both within the UK and internationally for almost 50 years. He has experience both within Local Government and consultancy and has carried out a large number of research projects for Defra and its predecessors. He has presented expert evidence at Public Inquiry and also at Select Committee in respect of HS1 & HS2. He was a member of the Mitchell Committee which developed 'New Railway Noise Standards' and was involved in framing the railway noise legislation and the development of a railway noise prediction methodology. He was the joint writer of the IEMA ‘Noise Impact Assessment Guidelines, 2014’.

James Hill

Vice President Engineering – James Hill

James graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc in Acoustics in 2008. He spent 11 years as an acoustic specialist at AAF Ltd working in Power Generation, Oil and Gas and Environmental noise. In 2020 James moved to Apex Acoustics to take up a consultancy role. He has published journal and conference papers in his specialist area of duct acoustics. James has sat on both the publication and engineering committees before more recently becoming Chair of the Engineering Committee and an IOA diploma examiner for the NVCE module. 

Dr Paul Lepper

Vice President International – Dr Paul Lepper

Paul is a Reader at Loughborough University specializing in under water acoustics and marine and terrestrial bio-acoustics with over 30 years’ experience of research into the physical and biological aspects of underwater acoustics in particular potential impacts from underwater sound for a wide range of industries including offshore renewables, aquaculture, etc.  This has included studies on the hearing and behavioural response of marine mammals and fish as well as source characterisation, sound field measurement and acoustic modelling. Current research areas include noise and mitigation from UXO clearance operations and use of aerial drone technology in marine impact assessment including underwater acoustics.   He heads up underwater acoustics research at Loughborough University. He is a member of the IOA's Underwater Acoustic Group and has served on and off of Council since 2014.  He is currently Vice President International for Council and General Secretary of the European Acoustical Association (EAA).

Ordinary Members


Dr Chris Barlow

Prof Chris Barlow

Chris is Professor of Acoustics in the School of Media Arts and Technology at Solent University, Southampton, and led the development of acoustics as a new discipline at Solent.  Having originally worked in the music industry as a recording engineer, he moved into Acoustics for a PhD in voice analysis.  He has worked in the university sector for 20 years teaching and researching audio engineering and acoustics, most recently focusing on soundscaping and immersive audio.  He is also a Director of Positive Acoustics Ltd, an independent acoustics consultancy. Chris has been a member of the IoA Southern Branch committee since 2014 and a member of IoA Council since 2019.   He is currently the chair of the IoA Education and Learning working group. He is also chair of the Audio Engineering Society South of England Group and has previously served on the AES UK executive committee.

Dr Benjamin Fenech

Dr Benjamin Fenech

Benjamin has 16 years’ experience working in the field of acoustics, split between academia, private and public sectors. He currently leads the noise and public health group at Public Health England. He has delivered specialist advice on the health effects of noise to a broad range of stakeholders, including the WHO, MPs, Chief Medical Officer and NIHR. Prior to joining PHE Benjamin worked as an acoustic consultant at Arup, where he led on several workstreams in relation to large infrastructure projects. At the University of Southampton, Ben carried out aeroacoustic measurements in wind tunnels using state-of-the-art microphone array technology developed as part of his PhD.

Benjamin sits on two BSI technical committees; and is a UK Expert on ISO/TC 43/SC1/WG42. He is active in both shaping and collaborating on research, and currently chairs a steering board for two research projects on aviation noise and health having a combined value of £1M.

Chris Hurst

Chris Hurst

Chris is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner (CEnvH), Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA), and Associate Member of the Institute of Licensing (AMIOL) and has over 25 years’ experience in environmental regulatory control including environmental noise assessment and the application of a wide range of regulatory provisions.

Chris is one of the co-developers of the noise app which is now used by over 250 local authorities and housing associations. https://www.thenoiseapp.com and has been part of national working parties regarding guidance on noise control from places of entertainment, outdoor concerts, control of noise from fitness and exercises spaces, professional practice guidance on planning & noise and retiming of deliveries for TFL, which won a John Connell award in 2018. After 14 years at LB Richmond, Chris left local authority employment to concentrate on Three Spires Acoustics, which provides event noise control services for some of the largest festivals and most prestigious venues in the UK, as well as providing expert witness services covering a number of regulatory regimes.

Chris is still however passionate about promoting the key skills that Local Authority Environmental Health Practitioners bring to the acoustics profession, and is now also working in conjunction with E-learning platforms to provide tailored noise assessment and control training solutions for EHP’s in a number of key areas.

Dr Keith Holland

Dr Keith Holland

Keith Holland is Associate Professor at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton, where he has studied and worked continuously since 1984. His current research interests include audio, loudspeaker technology and advanced acoustical measurement techniques. He is a founder-member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Noise within ISVR, responsible for research into advanced combustion noise measurement techniques.

Beyond the University, Keith is actively involved in the IOA, where he serves on Council and is Chair of the Electroacoustics Group. He is co-author of editions 1 and 2 of the book “Loudspeakers for Music Recording and Reproduction” with Philip Newell, with whom he has collaborated on numerous audio projects for over 30 years. He received his BSc degree in Engineering Acoustics and Vibration from ISVR in 1987 and his PhD for a thesis on horn loudspeakers in 1993 from the same Institute.

Angela Lamacraft

Angela Lamacraft

Angela is an acoustic consultant, mainly specialising in environmental and industrial acoustics within the retail, commercial and residential sectors. She has also project managed acoustics projects and multi-disciplinary ones. Angela has worked on very small projects (such as preparation of Noise Impact Assessments for single dwellings) and very large ones (such as providing construction noise and vibration advice for aspects of national infrastructure projects). She states that some of the most interesting projects she has worked on include prediction of vibration from mining activities; noise from a hydropower scheme in the river Thames; and large mixed-use developments in challenging environments.

Angela is passionate about helping the IOA stay relevant to members, believing that we all benefit from the unique ideas that a diverse active membership brings. As a working mum she is also keen to explore ways the IOA can help working parents find a good balance between their home life and their career.

Reena Mahtani

Reena Mahtani

Reena is a Senior Engineer at Sandy Brown Associates in London. She has a background in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain and an MSc in Environmental Acoustics from the University of Salford. Reena has over 10 years of experience in acoustics. Her career started with a short stint in Singapore, mostly focused on building acoustics. On her return to the UK, she has worked on acoustic design of different types of spaces, environmental and construction noise and vibration assessments, occupational noise and vibration, noise control and sound insulation testing.

Her specialisms are residential buildings and schools and has a particular interest on the study and application of soundscapes. She is also the Secretary of the Southern Branch of the IOA, a member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Dr Hardial Sagoo

Dr Hardial Sagoo

Hardial graduated from the University of Bath and joined Leyland Cars at Longbridge on a Graduate Training Scheme. Here he completed a specialist course on Noise, Vibration & Harshness in Vehicles run by Birmingham University. He then joined GKN at their Group Technological Centre and in 1980 he became a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. At GKN he worked on the forefront of digital signals involving measurements in lab and in vehicles in service, and their analyses and researching for solutions to technical problems. After a serious hand injury he took on a challenge at Hoover to reduce noise levels of vacuum cleaners and to find methods suitable for mass production and this led to a PhD from Aston University. He became a member of the Institute of Acoustics in 1989.

Hardial has worked at Mott MacDonald, WS Atkins, Bureau Veritas and Hyder, specialising in transportation, environmental and industrial noise and vibration and groundborne vibration. After more than 20 years in large consultancies he became an independent consultant.

Vicky Stewart

Vicky Stewart

Vicky has worked as an acoustic consultant at Atkins since 2001, when she joined an industrial placement student from the University of Salford. Her work mainly involves environmental noise assessments for large road schemes, both in the UK and the Middle East, and in 2019 Vicky was involved with her first Public Inquiry. In addition, Vicky is very passionate about inspiring young people into careers in Acoustics. She is the National STEM Coordinator for Atkins, and in 2016 she was given the Institute of Acoustics Award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public as well as being listed as being one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering, that same year. Vicky has been on the IOA Council for 4 years, and also sits on the IOA STEM Group.

Dr Yuyou Liu

Dr Yuyou Liu

Yuyou is a Chartered Acoustic Engineer with 20 years’ consulting and research experience working in the UK, Europe, and South East Asia. He obtained a PhD from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in 2004 and started working in acoustics consultancy. He has broad experience in environmental acoustics, building acoustics and vibration control, and has a successful track record in the roles of applied researcher, acoustic consultant, expert technical adviser and certified project manager. His recent interest and expertise are infrastructure acoustics.

Yuyou has been an active member of IOA since 2003 and has previously served the Measurement and Instrumentation Committee for 3 years. He is a member of the Membership Steering Committee of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC). He is a a recognised author and reviewer of several international renowned acoustic journals including the Journal of Sound and Vibration.

 

 

Education

Chair: Jonty Stewart MIOA

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The Education Committee is responsible for determining and managing the Institute’s education policy and developing and promoting acoustics, and acoustics-related education and training for members and others.

Central to the Committee’s work are the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and four Certificate of Competence courses (i.e. Environmental Noise Measurement; Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration; Workplace Noise Risk Assessment and Building Acoustics Measurement). 

The Committee oversees the content, delivery and assessments of the above through the accreditation of centres delivering the courses; the appointment of examiners, the organisation of examinations; the preparation and moderation of all examination assessments; the moderation of the students’ assessed work; and the preparation and publication of examination results.

With the help of the Diploma Tutors and Examiners sub-committee, the Education Committee oversees the administration of the tutored distance-learning study version of the Diploma, including the preparation of the study notes and the accreditation of the centre delivering the practical work programme. The majority of distance-learning students are from the UK but an increasing number are from overseas.

The Committee also works to create and validate training programmes to meet specific needs. An example would be “The Certificate of Proficiency in Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 - Noise Measurements” which is currently providing training for Local Authorities in Scotland.

The membership of the Education Committee

The Chairman of Education Committee is appointed by Council. 

Ex-officio Committee members are: the Institute’s President; the President Elect; the Education Manager; and the Chief Executive may attend.

The chairs of the committees responsible for Certificates of Competence* are also ex-officio members.
* These appointments require ratification by Council.

The IOA's Education Committee may co-opt corporate members to achieve a representative balance between education, industry and consultancy and to fulfil ad hoc specific, fixed term tasks.

Engineering Division

Chair: Mr James Hill MIOA

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The Engineering Division Committee’s purpose is to promote professional engineering within the Institute of Acoustics and advise the Council on all engineering matters, to put forward members for registration in the Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer sections of the Engineering Council Register, and to act as a forum for co-ordinating the activities of the Institute of particular interest to engineering.

With authority delegated by the Council of the Institute, it acts directly and independently on Engineering Council registration matters to ensure that the principles relating to registration in UK-SPEC are implemented and to establish and maintain criteria to be met by members of the Institute applying for registration as Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer.

A generation ago, acoustics engineering specialists came from the ranks of the other professional engineering institutions - IEE, IMechE and ICE - or from a physics background. Over the past 20 years, more than one thousand acoustical engineering graduates have been educated at Southampton and Salford universities, many of whom are now employed in acoustical engineering throughout the world.

Professional engineering is important as a sector within IOA and acoustics engineers have an important role to play within the field of engineering, with its increasing interests in the environment, human-machine interaction and safety. The IOA believes that professional acoustics engineers are now recognised by industry and society in their own right as valued specialists and that it is in all parties' interests that they be recognised within the engineering profession by Engineering Council registration.

Although its small size limits the scale of contribution which IOA can make to the wide spectrum of professional activities associated with the Engineering Council, the Engineering and Technology Board and the other engineering institutions, the opportunity to be involved in such initiatives is highly valued and where specialist contributions are needed, the Institute will take a proactive role.

Executive

Chair: Stephen Turner Hon FIOA

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The Executive Committee is set up to provide an effective liaison between the Council and the management services of the Institute. With the approval of the Council it will: 1. Formulate proposals for policy and action relating to the managerial and financial activities of the Institute for presentation to the Council. 2. Monitor the implementation of the policy decisions of the Council, review the management accounts to ensure that the operations remain on budget and ensure that corrective actions are taken so that operations remain within budget. 3. Take executive action on any matter considered too urgent to await consideration at the next regular or extraordinary Council meeting. Such action will be formally reported to Council at its subsequent meeting. 4. Appoint the Chief Executive / Secretary of the Institute and agree the remuneration and conditions of employment of the Secretariat. 5. Within the budget approved by Council and on recommendation from the appropriate subcommittees confirm the appointment of personnel to paid posts within the Institute; agree their remuneration and the granting of Honoraria for services provided. Members of the Executive: (As of May 2020) Mr S Turner HonFIOA (President) Mr A Somerville HonFIOA (President Elect) Prof B Gibbs FIOA (Immediate Past-President) Ms F Rogerson MIOA (Hon Secretary) Dr M Lester HonFIOA (Hon Treasurer) Mr A Chesney, Chief Executive

Medals and Awards

Chair: Stephen Turner Hon FIOA

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The Institute of Acoustics annually honours people whose contributions to acoustics or to the Institute have been particularly noteworthy. 

The medals and awards programme has evolved over the years and is wide ranging in its acknowledgment of academic achievement, practical engineering applications and innovations, student achievement and contributions to the Institute and to the world of science and technology. 

It is overseen on behalf of Council by the Medals and Awards Committee, which is chaired by the President. Nominations may be made at any time either on standard forms available through the Institute's office or by writing direct to the President.

Meetings

Chair: Chris Turner

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The Meetings Committee meets four times a year. Its main purposes are to plan and preside over the framework of workshops, meetings and conferences that are organised by the Institute of Acoustics’ Secretariat and oversee the annual programme of these events. 

The Committee seeks to ensure that the range and subject matter of events is suitably balanced across all members’ areas of interest and that the quality of meetings and venues is high. Feedback from meeting questionnaires (filled in by attendees) is reviewed and acted upon. 

The Committee also considers strategic issues such as meeting fees, guidelines for meeting organisers, etc with a view to offering proposals for Council approval. 

The annual programme of meetings provides significant revenue for the Institute. The Committee monitors the financial performance of meetings and reviews progress against annual targets. 

A significant proportion of the impetus for meetings originates from enthusiastic members of the Groups and Branches. The Committee seeks to encourage and facilitate this process, alongside the great support provided to the meeting organisers by the Institute Secretariat.

Membership

Chair: Mr Paul Shields FIOA

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The main activity is looking at all applications for membership, making recommendations to Council for the election of corporate members (FIOA and MIOA) and approving the election of non-corporate members (AMIOA, TechIOA, Affiliates and Students) and Sponsor members.

Complaints under the Institute's Code of Conduct are investigated, and recommendations to Council are made if the complaint is upheld and penalties against the member concerned may be appropriate.

The Committee oversees matters concerning Continuing Professional Development both for individual members and in relation to any such scheme operated by employers. Liaison is maintained with the Engineering Division Committee in respect of granting Chartered and Incorporated Engineer status.

Publications

Publications

Chair: Mr Daniel Goodhand MIOA

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The Publications Committee has responsibility for all publications that are produced by the IOA, including:

- Acoustics Bulletin
- Proceedings
- IOA website
- Members Register
- Buyers' Guide
- E-newsletter

Research Co-ordination

Chair: Prof Abigail Bristow FIOA

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Mission and activities

The mission of the committee is to ‘improve the status and awareness of acoustics research in the UK and to improve communications between researchers’. The Committee meets twice a year to discuss various research matters. These matters include, but are not limited to, the following items: 

- monitoring and improving the national status of acoustics as an academic discipline and research area;

- investigating possibilities for a more coordinated approach by Institute members to Research Councils and other funding bodies both within and outside the UK; 

- encouraging the formation of research networks (e.g. EPSRC UK Acoustics Network) in acoustics both within and outside the UK;

- ensuring regular (at least annual) interaction between the Institute, Research Councils, Defra, PHE and Innovate UK including advice on the extent and location of UK acoustic research; 

- advising and reporting to Council on any matters relating to research activities in acoustics that impact on the Institute's activities. 

The Committee has a 2-tier membership structure. There is a core group (tier 1) of Committee members. The names of tier 1 members appear on the attendance list. These members attend regularly the committee meetings and contribute systematically to the operation of the RCC. Tier 2 members are those members of the Institute who play a role in this Committee and can be invited to attend some meetings of this Committee to assist with various matters which require additional acoustics and acoustics-related expertise. Tier 2 membership can be more appropriate for younger members, those members who are not based in the UK and other IOA members who cannot regularly attend the RCC meetings.

 

Tier 1 Committee Members

Chair - Professor Abigail Bristow FIOA  - a [dot] l [dot] bristow [at] surrey [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Andrew Bullmore MIOA

Dr Alan Curtis MIOA

Professor Stephen Dance FIOA

Professor Kirill Horoshenkov FIOA 

Ms Lisa Lavia AMIOA

Dr Alan McAlpine MIOA

Mrs Hilary Notley MIOA 

Dr Georgia Rodgers MIOA

Mr Jon Richards FIOA

Dr Shahram Taherzadeh MIOA

Dr Duncan P Williams MIOA