I have BSc, PhD and DSc degrees from Loughborough University, and am a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, a Member of the British Psychological Society, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE – Institution of Electrical Engineers) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My academic, professional qualifications and research interests are in Applied Psychology, and more specifically, Human Factors Psychology/Cognitive Ergonomics and the design of human-machine systems and technologies from a user perspective. In 1987, I was part of a group of young researchers to be presented with the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal for individuals who have made “significant contributions to Ergonomics”. In 1999, I was awarded the prestigious Otto Edholm award for contributions to “applied research in Ergonomics”, and the previous year, I was awarded the IEE Informatics Premium award for the best journal paper – this was the top award possible in the Informatics Division. The applied nature of my research means that I have worked extensively with industry. Examples include: British Airways, GE Aviation, the railways, Rolls-Royce, and Hewlett-Packard. I have also had government funding from GCHQ and the Home Office.
My professional activities have included being an elected member of IEE Council, an IEE Director, a Member of the Informatics and Human Systems Engineering Executive Committees, and founder Member and Chair on two occasions of the People In Control (PIC) conferences. I have been invited to sit on many conference organising committees around the world, and have been on the Editorial Board of the journals: Aviation Psychology & Applied Human Factors; Ergonomics; Interacting with Computers; International Journal of Professional Aviation Training & Testing Research; the Open Ergonomics Journal.