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Thomas Ashton Institute

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 of work

  • Helen Balmforth, HSE 

Health

Resilience in complex systems

Safer structures

  • Simon Thurlbeck, Visiting Professor, research development and industrial engagement services
  • Clara Cheung, Lecturer in Project Management 
  • David Glass, HSE

Social change and ageing

  • Sheena JohnsonSenior Lecturer Occupational Psychology
  • Helen Beers, HSE

Workplace stress and wellbeing

  • Sharon ClarkeProfessor of Organisational Psychology
  • Cary CooperProfessor of Organisational Psychology
  • Ed Corbett, HSE

Academic Leads

Discovering Safety Programme

  • Sophia Ananiadou - Professor in Computer Science, director of The National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM)
    Principal Investigator for AI capabilities to extract health and safety insights
  • Otto jan Bakker - Lecturer in Mechanical Design
    Co-Investigator in Industry 4.0 - implications for health and safety
  • Paul Bartolo - Professor in Advanced Manufacturing
    Principal Investigator for Industry 4.0 - implications for health and safety
  • Clara Cheung - Lecturer in Project Management
    Principal Investigator for leading indicators of health and safety failures and Co-Investigator for construction risk register
  • William Collinge - Lecturer in Project Management
    Principal Investigator for construction risk register
  • Obuks Ejohwomu - Lecturer in Project Management
    Co-Investigator ffor leading indicators of health and safety failures and Co-Investigator for construction risk register
  • Andre Freitas 
    Co-Investigator for construction risk register and leading indicators of health and safety failures
  • Mojgan Hadi Mosleh - Lecturer in Building Information Modelling
    Co-Investigator for construction risk register
  • Akilu Kaltungo - Lecturer in Plant Reliability and Maintenance Engineering
    Principal Investigator for international insights in the cement industry
  • Patrick Manu - Senior Lecturer in Project Management
    Co-Investigator for leading indicators of health and safety failures project and Co-Investigator for construction risk register
  • John McNaught - Research Fellow in Computer Science
    Co-Investigator in development of capacitates to extract health and safety insights

Read more about each project under the Discovering Safety Programme website.

Postdoctoral staff and research fellows

  • Robert Ataria - Teaching Assistant
    Researcher in international insights in the cement industry
  • Karim Ibrahim - Research Associate
    Researcher on construction risk register
  • Emrah Inan - Research Associate
    Researcher in development of capacitates to extract health and safety insights
  • Minh-Quoc Nghiem - Research Associate
  • Researcher in development of capacitates to extract health and safety insights
  • Hua Wei - Research Associate
    Researcher in Digital health, Organisations & Strategy

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.

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: discoveringsafety@hse.gov.uk.

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.