Research and expertise
My main area of expertise is in aviation safety, which breaks down into many different subjects. Those of interest to me centre around pilot training and pilot wellbeing. I have spoken at a number of international conferences on these subjects in recent years for organisations such as the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors, The Royal Aeronautical Sociaety, and the European Airline Training Symposium. Associated areas of interest include cabin safety, airline performance and airport operations.
Current research activity
- Pilot Training: costs, content and possible solutions
- Pilot mental health: protecting vulnerable pilots
- Under construction
I contribute to learning and teaching activities in aviation, such as Introduction to Air Transport, Airport Planning, Airline Marketing and Airline Operations. Furthermore I supervise final year students on their Dissertations. These activities are contained in the School’s undergraduate aviation programme:
- Air Transport Management
I have had a passion for aviation since I was a young child, which developed from the awe inspiring spectacle of Concorde flying over my Nan’s house in London. My career in aviation took off in January 1995 when I joined Airtours International as Cabin Crew based at East Midlands Airport. After five fantastic years (during which I also learned to fly), I decided to become more grounded and joined Air France at Heathrow Airport, as the Passenger Services Manager in Terminal 2.
Four years later, I realised I hardly had any qualifications (some average GCSEs and three bad A-Levels) so decided to enrol on a degree course. In September 2004, I joined the University of Leeds on their Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies course, from where in 2007, I graduated with a First Class (Hons) degree. Following a brief, two-year side-step into retail management, I was offered the opportunity to return to Leeds to do a PhD.
In April 2013, during the write up of my PhD, I joined Bucks New University in my first teaching job, where I became Course Leader for the Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training programme. A year later in 2014, I again graduated from Leeds with my PhD in aviation accidents.
A change of scene in 2016 took me to the University of South Wales to be Course Manager for their new degrees in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice, and Professional Aviation Engineering Practice. Unfortunately, redundancy came along less than a year later, but this allowed me to undertake some consultancy in developing aviation degrees.
Some three months later, I took on a part-time teaching job with the University of Bedfordshire, which ultimately led to me becoming the full-time Course Coordinator for their Aviation and Airport Management course.
When an opportunity to join Loughborough University presented itself, I didn’t hesitate to apply and am now very proud to be a University Teacher in Air Transport Management here – University of the Year 2019! I look forward to teaching young, bright, like-minded aviation enthusiasts in the coming years.
- Member of the Royal Aeronautical Sociaety
- Freeman of The Honourable Company of Air Pilots
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Excellence in Learning and Teaching Practice (Bucks New University, 2015)