IMI Honours List

Norman K. Harrison Award 

The Institute’s most prestigious award is the Norman K. Harrison Gold  Medal, presented annually at the discretion of the Chairman to a member considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute or profession. An article on Norman K. Harrison can be viewed here.

Norman K. Harrison Medallists

1972 Julie Dorrington University of Liverpool Gabriel Donald
1973 Robert Whitley University of Surrey Robert Ollerenshaw
1974 Irene Prentice University of Aberdeen Peter Cull
1975 Ralph Marshall University of Warwick Patricia Turnbull
1976 Robert Loudon Brown University of Bath Patricia Turnbull
1977 David Tredinnick University of Sheffield Cynthia Clarke
1978 Ray Lunnon University of York Cynthia Clarke
1979 Nigel Pearce University of Swansea Robert Loudon Brown
1980 Richard Morton University of Stirling Robin Callender
1981 Garry Swann University of Warwick Ron Donovan
1982 Leslie Bowcock University of Bath Ray Lunnon
1983 Anthony Oxley University of Warwick Gabriel Donald
1984 Keith Duguid University of Swansea Peter Waldie
1985 Gillian Lee University of Aberdeen David Tredinnick
1986 Jane Shemilt University of York Cynthia Clarke
1987 Keith Harrison University of Bath Robert Gilder
1988 Gabriel Donald University of Nottingham Nigel Pearce
1989 Nicholas White University of Swansea Nigel Pearce
1990 Peter Cull University of Bradford Gillian Lee
1991 Robin Williams University of East Anglia Gillian Lee
1992 Ross Milligan University of Leeds Colin Hood
1993 Angus Robertson University of St Andrews Colin Hood
1994 Alex Herd University of Keele Simon Brown
1995 Peter Hansell University of Warwick Simon Brown
1996 Cedric Gilson University of Canterbury Daphne Lytton
1997 Carol Fleming Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Daphne Lytton
1998 Jane Fallows University of Warwick Alex Herd
1999 William MacIntyre Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick Alex Herd
2000 Phillip Dove University of Cambridge Martin Johns
2001 Geoffrey Gilbert White Heart Hotel, Harrogate Martin Johns
2002 Simon Brown Mickleover Court Hotel, Derbyshire Carol Fleming
2003 Martin Johns Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel, Perthshire Carol Fleming
2004 Andrew Johnson Hilton West Pier Hotel, Brighton Keith Bellamy
2005 Jane Tovey Moat House Hotel, York Keith Bellamy
2006 Keith Bellamy Thistle Hotel, Cardiff Jerry Nayler
2007 Kathy McFall The Abbey Hotel, Redditch Jerry Nayler
2008 Colin Hood Marriott Hotel, Durham Angus Robertson
2009 Hazel Herd Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld Angus Robertson
2010 Jerry Nayler Crewe Hall Hotel, Crewe Andrew Johnson
2011 Jill Bradbury Theobalds Park, Cheshunt Andrew Johnson
2012 Stephen Palmer Marriot Hotel, Glasgow Ross Milligan
2013 Craig Richardson Marriot Hotel, Leicester Ross Milligan
2014 Amy Lake Marriot Hotel, Bristol Jason Candlin
2015 Catherine Lamoon Renaissance, Manchester Jason Candlin
2016 David Bishop Golden Jubilee Hotel, Glasgow Stephen Palmer
2017 Carly Dakin East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham Stephen Palmer
2018 Roger Hickinbotham Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire Kathy McFall
2019 Jason Pitt Stormont Hotel, Belfast Kathy McFall
2020 Caroline Erolin Awarded Remotely Jane Tovey

Peter Cull Award

Peter Cull was a founder member of the Institute and on his death his widow kindly bequeathed ten silver medals struck in his name. Five were given to IMI and five were given to the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.

Awarded by each IMI Chairman once during their two-year term of office to an individual, team, group, department or organisation that had made a significant lasting impact on the Institute and its members. Both members and non-members are eligible.

Peter Cull Awards

2013 Geoffrey Gilbert Ross Milligan
2015 Carol Fleming Jason Candlin
2017 Jeremy Nayler Stephen Palmer
2019 Ross Milligan Kathy McFall

IMI Special Recognition Award 

This award recognises individuals for their dedicated service and contribution to the Institute and / or the profession throughout their career. Recipients will be awarded for giving valuable service and loyalty. Anyone within or out-with IMI can nominate an IMI member for this award. The intended recipients must be fully paid up IMI Members at the time of nomination. Nominations should be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary for Council to discuss and make a decision. The Chairman has a casting vote. Nominations can submitted at any time but only nominations received before April 30th can be considered for presentation at the annual conference. The award will take the form of a small gift and a certificate. Winners will be invited as guests to receive their award at the banquet and IMI will cover the expenses of this and an overnight stay. IMI will promote the winners in a feature for IMI News.

IMI Special Recognition Award

2017  Mike Nelson and Chris Priest
2018 Carol Fleming
2019 Geraldine Thompson
2020 Kate Owen


Honorary Fellows (formerly known as Emeritus Life Members)

Honorary Fellowship is an honour awarded in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute or to the profession as a whole. The procedure for nominating a member for a Honorary Fellowship is available on the members’ home page.

Honorary Fellows

1981 Peter Waldie
1982 Gabriel Donald and Peter Hansell
1984 Peter Cull and Robert Ollerenshaw
1985 Julie Dorrington
1986 David Tredinnick
1988 Ray Lunnon
1989 Nigel Pearce
1990 Charles P. Hodge and John P. Vetter
1991 Leslie Bowcock, Keith Duguid and Samir Wahdan
1992 Gillian Lee and Richard Morton
1994 Ray Lund
1998 Alex Herd and Ross Milligan
2000 Jeremy Nayler
2001 Patricia Archer
2002 Ron Irvine
2005 Garry Swann
2008 Julie Smith
2009 Geoffrey Gilbert, Ray Phillips and Angus Robertson
2013 Carol Fleming
2015 Hoosain Ebrahim and Paul Crompton
2019 Simon Brown

IMI Fellows

IMI Fellowship is the highest grade of professional membership and it recognises excellent abilities and skills and is its highest distinction of the Institute.

There are two routes to achieving this and applications may be made by Members of the Institute with a minimum of 5 years’ post-qualification experience. Click here for more information.


Fellows of the Institute

Year Fellow
1977 Martin Johns
1982 Alison Rutherford and Kevin Fitzpatrick
1983 Carole Reeves
1985 Simon Brown
1987 A Robin Williams
1988 Angela Ellingford
1994 Jane Fallows and Lawrence Merin
2000 Kathy McFall
2001 Carol Fleming, Peter Grencis, Alex Herd, Ross Milligan and Angus Robertson
2002 Garry Swann
2004 Jane Tovey
2005 Marie Jones
2009 Alex Fraser and Hazel Herd
2019 Anthony Edwards
2020 Caroline Erolin and Catherine Lamoon

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Membership is awarded by Council to an individual or company representative who has supported IMI over many years.

Honorary Life Members


Eric Nicholson

Anthony Oxley

Michael Essex-Lopresti

IMI Journal Awards

The Taylor & Francis Award

This award is presented annually to the author of the best original manuscript published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine and is selected by a team of past Editors and invited judges. It is sponsored by Taylor & Francis. The winner receives a certificate and £100.

The Taylor & Francis Award

2015 Anni Skilton
2016 Jonathan Paul Brett, Amy Lake & Susan Downes
2017 Anna Sieben, Richard Oparka & Caroline Erolin
2018 Jac Saorsa and Kim Baxter (Joint Winners)
2019 Kimberley E Moss

The Peter Hansell Memorial Medal (established 2008)

Peter Hansell was the founding editor of Medical and Biological Illustration (now the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine). He persuaded the British Medical Association to launch the Journal in 1951 and remained associated with it as Editor Emeritus until his death.

Ten Peter Hansell Medals were cast and are only awarded should a paper submitted by an IMI member to the journal be deemed to be of an outstanding quality.

Only IMI members are eligible to be considered for the award which is for an original article published between 1st September of the previous year and 30th August of the current year. The winner is selected by past Editors of the journal and invited guests.

The Peter Hansell Memorial Medals

2008 Christopher Tetley & Steve Young
2009 SK Williams, LA Ellis & G Williams
2012 Bolette Jones
2015 Anni Skilton
2018 Kim Baxter

Readers Choice Award (established 2014)

Any manuscript type published between 1st September of the previous year and 30th August of the current year.

The paper with the most average downloads per month (based on number of total views/number of months available to download).

The winner is selected based on statistics provided by production team.

Readers' Choice Awards

2017 Heather Lewis
2018 Simon Brinkworth, Alice Kenny and Christina Knights
2019 Carly Dakin and Elizabeth Coates

Keith Duguid Best New Author Award (established in 2015)

The Editorial Board decided to introduce a new award to both encourage and celebrate new authors. It was originally planned to be called the ‘Editor’s Award’ as the honour of selecting the recipient is reserved solely for the Journal’s Editor.

Following the passing of Keith Duguid in March 2015 the Editor contacted IMI officers to ask if the award could be re-named in his honour and the ‘Keith Duguid New Author Award’ was born. Keith was Editor of the Journal under the title The Journal of Audiovisual Media in Medicine or JAMM for over ten years from 1981 to 1992 often providing advice and encouragement to new authors and also to those editors who followed and who will remain eternally grateful.

Only IMI members who are new authors are eligible to be considered for the award which is for an original article published between 1st September of the previous year and 30th August of the current year.

The winner is selected by the current editor of the journal.

Keith Duguid Best New Author Awards

2015 Adrian Wressell, Heidi Twaites, Stephen Taylor, Dan Hartland & Theo Gove-Humphries
2016 Kim Baxter
2017 Cristina Sala Ripoll, Richard Oparka, Annie Campbell & Caroline Erolin
2018 Sophie Gregory & Ceri Llewellyn
2019 Elvire Thouvenot-Nitzan, Richard Oparka, Annie Campbell & Caroline Erolin

Past Journal  Awards

The Taylor & Francis Awards (2002-2006)

2002 Jeremy Nayler
2003 Andrew Gardner
2004 Patricia Wright
2005 Michael Shapter
2006 Paul Crompton

The Informa Healthcare Awards

2008 Christopher Tetley & Steve Young
2009 SK Williams, LA Ellis & G Williams
2010 Rhys Gethin Thomas, Nigel William John & John Michael Delieu
2011 Paul Crompton, Richard Motley & Andrew Morris
2012 Bolette Jones
2013 Bård Kjersem & Jørgen Krohn
2014 Jørgen Krohn, Bård Kjersem & Gunnar Høvding