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Lancashire and Cumbria Branch

The Lancashire and Cumbria branch is one of 11 regional branches in England, and part of a wider network of IOP activity across our Nations including Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

We have activity centres based across both counties, in Preston, Fylde Coast, Carlisle, Lancaster and Workington.


Our activities

We organise talks, visits and engagement opportunities in the Lancashire and Cumbria region, and work locally to promote physics, physics education and public understanding of physics.

Whether you are a physicist or just interested in physics, then do join us at one of our events. They are not restricted to members – on the contrary, we warmly welcome everyone.

Branch committee

Chair Mr Allan Simpson, MInstP
Vice-chair Mr Christopher Gallagher, CPhys MInstP
Acting Secretary Dr Dominic Steele, MInstP
Treasurer Mr Henry Preston, MInstP
Inclusion and Diversity Advocate Dr Francesca Doddato, MInstP
Student Community Representative Miss Pascale Desmet, MInstP
Student Community Representative Miss Vanessa Fairhurst, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Christopher Bowdery, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Alexia Lopez
Ordinary Member Mr Richard Lynn, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor E. Robson, FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr David Walton, MInstP
Ordinary Member Ms Heather Young, MInstP
Co-opted Member Dr Shane O'Hehir

Branch events

View our upcoming branch events.


Contact details

Email: [email protected]

Keep up to date with our branch news, events and activities via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Regional manager

Katherine Platt is the full-time Regional Manager for the North West region, including the Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire and Cumbria branches.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07850 311904

Branch Support Co-ordinator – North West

Kate Ressel
Email: [email protected]

Diversity and inclusion representative

Dr Francesca Doddato MInstP
Email: [email protected]

Alongside Cumbria and Lancashire, the IOP’s North West region covers Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

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