Brian Sherwood Jones FIEHF – brief CV

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Brian has over thirty-five years experience in all of the Human Factors aspects of complex systems, their systems engineering aspects, and the issues of innovation in complex situations. He has had a particular interest in complex human-machine systems, including intelligent decision support systems. 

He set up Process Contracting Limited in 1999 to provide usability assurance i.e. assurance that systems and services meet user needs, includingassurance of safe and effective operation from the early stages of a system through to operational use . Prior to that he worked on the design of ships, submarines and other large systems at YARD Ltd in Glasgow, after 10 years in the aircraft industry. Much of his recent work has been as a consultant to Lloyd's Register.  He is an Associate of Synergy Ergonomics and Argenta-Europ.

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Themes in his work include the following:

Brian is an accredited member of the ‘Cognitive Edge’ network.  He was a founder member of the Human-Centred Process Improvement Group (HCPIG), which led the ‘13407 for Government’ campaign.  Brian has been an Honorary Professor at the Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art, with an interest in virtual shipbuilding and simulation-based design.  He co-ordinates the Maritime Ergonomics Special Interest Group of the Ergonomics Society (MarESIG).  Brian has been a member of the Subject Matter Expert panel for the Human Systems Information Analysis Center.  He is a member of BSI Committee SME/32, and is associated with the ‘Lighthouse’ Board at Chalmers University. He is listed on the HSE Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) .

In addition to teaching ‘Innovation Agents’ with Argenta-Europ, teaching assignments have included ‘Human Factors for Naval Architects’ at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, and ‘Communicating Complex Processes’ to Product Design students at Glasgow School of Art.  He has assisted with the training and assessment for formal Human Factors authorization of surveyors and auditors.

1999 to present: Process Contracting Limited.

Recent assignments for Process Contracting Limited have included:

Earlier major assignments have included:

1984 – 1999: YARD Limited (now part of BAE Systems)

Principal Consultant. Assignments included:

Support to the design of warship platforms and of all critical compartments.

Support to system design for CIS, Platform Management System, ATC, IT and other systems. Design of Knowledge Based Systems, Knowledge Elicitation.

R&D for future road vehicles and transport. future warships, HF tools and methods, Intelligent Support.

1974 – 1984 Westland Helicopters Limited

10 years Human Factors in the aircraft industry, responsible for MMI design of integrated mission (ASW, ASVW, ATGW), propulsion and vehicle systems, and impact of crew performance on operational effectiveness. Responsible for simulator trials management on R&D simulator complex. Technical lead on advanced cockpit project, using touch screens, speech I/O etc. and new construction technology. Research into workload assessment and prediction, new technology etc.

Education & memberships

B.Sc. Experimental Psychology 2i Hons (Sussex) 1972

M.Sc. Industrial Psychology (Hull) 1973

Fellow of the Ergonomics Society (M.Erg.S).
Designated Practitioner on the Professional Register.

Design Research Society


BCS-HCI Specialist Group

Safety Critical Systems Club

UK Evaluation Society

UK Systems Society

Usability Professionals Association

(Winner of 2 BAe Innovation Awards, 1998, 2002)


Born 1950, Liverpool. Married, grown-up daughter, plus granddaughters. Hobbies and interests include classical music, DIY, gardening, reading, cooking, cycling, bowls.

(A full CV is available on request)