Committee Profile

On 31st March 2021, 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 (Chair) or (Secretary).


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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Jack Mason - Secretary / Young Members Representative

Jack is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth, Jack moved down to Plymouth from the Midlands to study. He is currently undertaking an Industrial Placement Year at Babcock International Group at the Devonport Royal Dockyard. 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 - Events Coordinator / Social Secretary

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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Ben Thomas - Events Coordinator / Cornwall Representative

Ben currently works as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Babcock International Group at Devonport Royal Dockyard. He graduated in 2020 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Exeter and is originally from Mousehole in Cornwall. During University he was involved with Exeter's Formula Student team; acting as Team Principal in his final year. He hopes to help improve the Institution's links to Cornwall and showcase some of the county's rich Engineering opportunities.

Mark Wratten - Publicity Officer

Mark graduated from the University of Brighton after completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Whilst at University, He completed a industrial placement with Morgan advanced materials working in the technical ceramics business unit. He joined Babcock international after graduating and completed the 2 year engineering graduate scheme including a short secondment to Oman. Mark has recently joined Navy Command HQ working in the Navy Digital services team. As the publicity officer, he manages the social media accounts for the committee and creates new content and events for members.

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Ashley Cullum - Cardboard Boat Race Coordinator

Ash is currently studying Marine Technology (MEng) at the University of Plymouth. He is currently undertaking a Industrial Placement year at Babcock International Group at Devonport Royal Dockyard. Ash is new to the committee but will be lead coordinating the IMechE Cardboard Boat Race in Plymouth later this year.

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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


Helen Timpson - Support Member

Helen has been part of the IMechE Devon and Cornwall Committee for over 5 years. She has been an Events Coordinator, Chair of the Committee and finally the committee's Cardboard Boat Race Coordinator. Although stepping down from a committee role, Helen will continue to support the chair and events members as they need it. Helen has recently been awarded her Chartership. She also enjoys rugby, which she coaches and sailing.

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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.


Glenn Foster - Support Member

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. Glenn has previously held the role of Vice-Chair on the Committee. Glenn Continues to support the committee from a supporting role.

Ciaran Robertson - Support Member

Ciaran Joined the committee this year as a supporting member to get a feel of how the committee operates and the work we carry out.

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