Committee Profile

On 12th March 2020, at our AGM, we held elections for committee roles. Please see new committee details below.

Being on the committee can be very fulfilling, giving you the opportunity to network with many local engineers, visit interesting engineering sites and helping to shape the IMechE in Cornwall as well as boosting your CV and assisting with your route to professional registration or fellowship. 

See the role descriptions below and please get in touch if you would be interested in joining the committee at


Michael Gornall - Chair

Mike is a Chartered Engineer and has been a member of the IMechE for over 30 years and is now a Fellow. He is also a member of the IET, FEANI registered as Eur Eng and a member of Lincoln’s Inn. He was a technician apprentice at British Aerospace in Preston Lancashire. He did a degree in Engineering at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan) and joined the graduate training scheme at AWE Aldermaston. He has since worked in the water industry, on car production infrastructure, on defence projects, in civil nuclear, on light rail systems, oil & gas and other infrastructure projects. He now works for Babcock in Devonport dockyard as a Design Manager. As Chair for the Devon and Cornwall branch, he is in responsible for the operations of the local committee. In his spare time Mike practices Judo at which he is a black belt, he enjoys cycling, skiing, sailing and is a Scout leader.

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Glenn Foster - Vice Chair

Glenn is originally from Northern Ireland and attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, graduating in 2016 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works as a Package Manager with Babcock in Plymouth but has experience in the Construction and Haulage industries. Following university he worked for an International Airport Infrastructure Construction company on various projects. Glenn has a keen interest in the automotive sector, especially Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s) and enjoys working with these and exploring the South West in his spare time.

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Jack Mason - Secretary


Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth, Jack moved down to Plymouth from the Midlands to study. He aims to graduate into the industry and pursue a career in engineering. Jack's role within the committee is Secretary as well as working as a Young Members Representative. Jack's goal with the IMechE is to liaise between the University of Plymouth/IMechE and create a relationship to support each other. He wants to get more young members (University, College, Apprenticeship) involved and give them opportunities to gain experience from fellow engineers.

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Lewis Godiff - Treasurer

Lewis is originally from Plymouth and studied at the University of the West of England Bristol, gaining a Master’s in degree Mechanical Engineering. He joined Babcock International on the Graduate scheme and now works as a Mechanical Design Engineer. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the outdoors, walking, kayaking and mountain biking.

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Ben Roy - Devon Events Coordinator

Ben is originally from a small town in North Devon and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West of England in Bristol. He joined Babcock International on a Graduate scheme and now works as a Mechanical Package Manager within a production team that refit Royal Navy Ships. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports such as football, badminton and tennis.

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Vacant - Events Coordinator

There are two Events Co-ordinators on the committee. The primary responsibility of the Events Co-ordinator is to organise events, to be held on a regular basis, to promote engineering and provide an opportunity for continuous professional development in the area. Committee events include lectures, site visits, debates, careers events, networking and professional development. This involves building relationships with local companies, societies and organisations to facilitate arranging speakers / tours and booking venues. The Events Co-ordinator works closely with the Treasurer to ensure we stay within budget and the Publicity Officer to get the events advertised across our range of social media as well as supporting the other committee roles where possible. The Events Co-ordinator also collects feedback from events to help us to improve.

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Vacant - Cornwall Representative


Much of the last two years has been to lead the re-establishment of the IMechE representation in Cornwall. A Cornwall Group has now been formed which meets on a monthly basis and is chaired by the Cornwall Representative. The primary objective of the group is to act as a focus for members, to coordinate and plan activities and events in the county and the support local businesses, schools and colleges as part of the wider STEM programme. The Cornwall Representative also attends the Area Committee meetings and acts as a link with the local group.

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Jack Mason - Young Members Representative

As well as Secretary, Jack works as a young members representative. Introducing Young members to the Institution and Co-ordinating events to proffessional develop young members careers.

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Alexandra Medcalf - Young Members Representative

Alex is a Mechanical Engineering Student from the University of Plymouth, currently in her second year of study. Alex has a passion for engineering and joined the Devon and Cornwall Area Committee to bring in more young members and help create events, which will aid in the development of young members careers.


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Mark Wratten - Publicity Officer

The publicity member runs the committee social media accounts and creates publicity material. They promote engineering to local people and help to grow our communications network.

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Matthew Vosper - Social Secretary

Matt studied at University of Plymouth, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marine Technology in 2018. He has recently completed a Graduate Scheme, after joining as a Naval Architect and switching to a Mechanical Engineer, with Babcock International and began his role as a Mechanical Design Engineer. Matt is also a member of the RINA and IMarEST Young Member’s Network, and hopes to be able to improve scope for Joint events between the two committees. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the country and travelling.

The social secretary organises and runs social events for members and supports other committee members if able.

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Helen Timpson - Cardboard Boat Race Coordinator

Helen stepped down as chair after filling that role for 2 years and holding the Events Coordinator role for the year before that. Helen has been involved with the last 5 boat races and is excited to make this the biggest and best year for the Mayflower 2020 celebrations and other future events in Devon and Cornwall. She will continue to support the chair and events members as they need it. Helen is working towards chartership and intends to apply this year. She also enjoys rugby, which she coaches and sailing.

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Connor Redman - STEM Coordinator

From Teignmouth, Connor went to south Devon College and gained a level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. He is now currently studying Mechanical Engineering with Composites at the University of Plymouth. Connor plans to help all ages that have an interest in Engineering. His goal with IMechE is to create relationships between the schools, colleges and the IMechE.

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Bruce Robinson - STEM Coordinator

Following a short 6 year career as a secondary science teacher in London and the Bahamas, Bruce spent the next 16 years as a Meteorological and Oceanographic Officer in the Royal Navy. In the final years in the RN he studied for a MBA by distance learning with Durham University and following that course, landed a great management training and consultancy job with ATC International working in Europe and Russia as a management trainer for PWC, Deloittes, KPMG, Coca Cola and BAT. After 5 years travelling with ATCI, Bruce returned to secondary school teaching as a Chemistry teacher becoming Head of Chemistry and STEM Coordinator before retiring from mainstream teaching in 2015.
Since then, Bruce has worked part time with primary schools across the UK to support science teaching through engaging, challenging practical activities as a consultancy, Wonder Workshops. Through this work Bruce has had the pleasure to work with the Prince’s Teachers Institute, Science Learning Institute, Plymouth Science, Primary Science Teachers Trust, Women in STEM, Royal Society of Chemistry and Aardman Animations. He has been the STEM Outreach Committee Member for IMechE (Devon & Cornwall) for 4 years, and helped local primary schools fully engage in the Annual IMechE Cardboard Boat Race for the past 3 years. Bruce is keen to have children of all ages engage inventively with and enjoy science, technology and engineering. A firm believer in the creatively of the young people, he enthusiastically promotes engineering, science and DT in its numerous forms for people from 4 to 94.

Support member (advisory only)

We now have several support members (both new to and ex committee) support in STEM, Young Member groups  and giving advice and suggestions. We are very grateful for their support.

A role for anyone who wishes to support the committee but does not wish to hold an official committee role. This role does not need to be filled by a member of the institution. Advisory members provide support and guidance from your area of expertise and participate in committee meetings when able. They offer ideas for events/speakers and may take part in the planning and organisation of committee activities if able and willing. You don’t need to hold this role to offer support/advice listed above but you will be included in invitations and committee communications if you hold the role

Ian Myers - Support Member

Ian graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2015 with a 1st Class MEng in Motorsports Engineering winning numerous accolades including the IMechE Frederic Barnes Waldron best student award. He currently works for one of the UK’s largest engineering support service providers as a Nuclear Facilities Project Manager. Ian enjoys complex engineering with a keen interest in composites, nuclear power and fluid dynamics. Ian joined the committee in 2016 as the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Co-oridnator and held roles as Vice Chair and Secretary. He hopes to improve the committees communications footprint with the local professional network. Ian’s hobbies include mountain biking, karting, football, rock-climbing and most recently surfing. Ian also took part in Formula Student leading the design and manufacture of a carbon fibre moncocoque which he was a driver for the event.


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