Committee Profile

On 3rd May 2023, 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  (Vice-Chair & Secretary).


Michael Gornall CEng MIET FIMechE  - 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 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 EngTech MIMechE - Vice-Chair & Secretary

Jack is a MEng Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate at the University of Plymouth in his final year of study. He has recently become professionally registered as a Engineering Technician, EngTech and Member of the IMechE. He recently completed an industrial placement year, as well as a summer placement with Babcock International Group at Devonport. He has been a member of the Devon and Cornwall Committee since 2018, when joining as the Young Members Representative. Jack's roles include running and organising of committee activities, committee administration duties and managing of the social media platforms and website. Jack is enthusiastic about engineering and the development of others. 

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Helen Timpson CEng MIMechE - Treasurer

Helen has been involved with the committee since 2015 and has held various roles since then. Helen returned to the main committee in 2022 having been a support member for 2 years. Helen works for an engineering company in Plymouth, has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded Chartership in 2020. She enjoys hill walking, sailing and rugby and is renovating her house with her partner. 

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Conor Kelly AMIMechE - Events Coordinator

Conor is originally form Northern Ireland and Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2018 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He completed a placement year with a materials processing and recycling company in Northern Ireland. After graduating, he briefly returned to the same company as a Graduate Project Design Engineer before living and working in Australia for approximately 18 months. He joined Babcock International Group’s Graduate Scheme in 2020 as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer, before becoming a Senior Project Engineer. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and playing football.

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David Cowan CEng MIMechE FEI - Events Coordinator

David is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the IMechE and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Recently retired from a career in the waste management, environmental engineering, as well as the oil and gas sector. David has led teams that have managed complex engineering projects in the waste management industry including energy from waste facilities to recycle waste as well as treating organic food / green waste.

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Ashley Cullum AIMechE - Young Members Representative

Ash is in his final year of studying Marine Technology (BEng) at the University of Plymouth. He recently undertook a Industrial Placement year and a summer placement at Babcock International Group at Devonport Royal Dockyard. Ash joined the committee in 2021 to organise the Cardboard Boat Race. He is now the committee's young members representative, liaising with the University's in our area and influencing the committee on the young members views. 

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Matt McAuley AMIMechE - Cardboard Boat Race Coordinator

Matt joined the committee in 2019 as a support members and got involved with the committee, helping on a number of events and supporting us with ideas. In 2022, Matt became the committee's Cardboard Boat Race Coordinator, organising the event each year in Plymouth.

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Support member (advisory only)

We now have several support members (both new to and ex committee) to support  the committee in STEM, Young Member groups, 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 CEng FIMechE ChPP MAPM- 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) Coordinator 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 monocoque which he was a driver for the event.


Lewis Godiff CEng MIMechE - Support Member

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 AMIMechE - Support Member

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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