Ned Hickling BSc FIEHF
Director and Principal Consultant

Ned Hickling

Ned is an ergonomist with over 30 years’ experience of applying ergonomics to the control of complex human-machine systems. He has been a Principal Consultant at Synergy for over 15 years and has been involved in a wide range of ergonomics activities that have helped to establish Synergy as a major provider of specialist human factors expertise.

He has specialised in the study of human factors in the Nuclear Industry where he has undertaken interface design development and assessment, safety culture development, the development of human reliability methods and the application of human reliability methods. He has provided formal human factors support to safety cases and developed and assessed risk models with human-intensive processes in their entirety.

Previously he has worked for university research establishments, engineering consultancies and as a project ergonomist on Sizewell B nuclear power plant. He has applied his experience and expertise to many other systems, including railways, oil 7 gas processes and regulatory performance.

He is a past member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Professional Affairs Board (the body accrediting Institute membership at individual and corporate levels) and has lectured in Human factors topics at Loughborough Aston and John Moores Universities. Ned sits on the Rolls Royce Safety Methods Advisory Committee and is widely consulted by system owners and regulators alike. Ned has a pragmatic approach and ensures that recommendations for system or safety case change are practical and economic. However, he can also perform painstaking research in complex topics when required. He has worked in all parts of the system lifecycle and all parts of the nuclear fuel cycle. His infectious enthusiasm, confidence and wide ranging knowledge of ergonomics, risk assessment and engineering disciplines are a hallmark of his work.

Recent projects have included assessments of two new nuclear power plant designs, development of approaches to human reliability and safety case development, the development of an entire nuclear risk model for a manufacturing facility and assessing provisions for severe accidents.

In his spare time, Ned sings and plays the French Horn. In addition, he is a keen fell walker and cyclist.