IPEM President and Vice Presidents

IPEM President 

Dr Robert Farley is Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He obtained a D. Phil in Chemistry from the University of York and spent more than a decade in academic research working mainly in the UK and Switzerland in the field of electron magnetic resonance and particularly in using electron-nuclear double resonance spectroscopy to determine molecular structural information from disordered systems.  During this time, he developed an interest in education and completed an in-service PGCert in Higher Education at the University of the West of England.  

In 2003 Dr Farley commenced his training as a Clinical Scientist in medical physics and subsequently worked as a radiotherapy physicist in several organisations before starting in his current role in March 2021.  He has maintained his interest in education throughout his career and is an associate lecturer at Newcastle University, an external examiner for the University of Manchester and has been closely involved in the development of the level 7 Clinical Scientist apprenticeship standard.   

Dr Farley has been involved with IPEM for several years including a term as Director of the Professional and Standards Council and as a member of the working party on the certification of existing Medical Physics Experts under the IR(ME)R 2017 legislation. He is currently a member of the Prizes and Awards Panel and acts as a Science Council registration assessor and as a LGBTQ Network Mentor. 

Rob and his Vice-Presidents frequently share vlogs on issues of interest to members and the wider community, which can be found here:



IPEM Vice Presidents

Vice President Academic: Dr Ben Metcalfe
Deputy Head, Electronic Engineering Department,
University of Bath

Vice President Engineering: Dr Warren Macdonald 
Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, London

Vice President External: Dr Richard Axell 
Principal Clinical Scientist, Medical Physics and Bioengineering Department, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, 
Institute of Neurology, University College London

Vice President Industry: Ms Grace Keane
Clinical Scientist, Boston Scientific

Vice President International: Dr Claire-Louise Chapple 
Head of Imaging Physics & Radiation Safety, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Vice President Medical Physics: Mr Matthew Dunn 
Head of Radiation Physics, Medical Physics and
Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust