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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Our people

Find out more about the people who make up the Thomas Ashton Institute

Theme leads

Find out more about the people who lead each of our research themes:

Digitalisation and Complexity

  • Helen Balmforth, HSE

Leadership, Work and Wellbeing

  • Sara Willis, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, UoM
  • Ed Corbett, HSE

Reliability and Resilience

Safer Infrastructures

  • Meini Su, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering, UoM
  • David Glass, HSE

Social change and Inequalities

  • Kara Ng, Presidential Fellow, UoM
  • Helen Beers, HSE

Work and Health

  • Anne Clayson, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director, UoM
  • David Fishwick, HSE

Research Satellites

The institute is establishing satellite centres in 3 key areas that are of strategic importance: 

Building safety

Digital safety


External Links

  • Health and Safety Executive - Working to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.
    To find out more about the work of the HSE, you can subscribe to their mailing list.
  • HSE Solutions - Products and services from the HSE to help you solve your health and safety challenges.
  • Discovering Safety Programme - Delivering health and safety benefits through a data-driven global community.
    For more information about the Discovering Safety Programme team or to subscribe to their mailing list, please email:

Virtual Faculty

As the Institute is established we are building a community of experts in different disciplines across both The University of Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive who will provide the basis for TAI's work.