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Thomas Ashton Institute

Our people

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

Theme Leads

Digitalisation of work

  • Caroline Jay, Reader in Empirically Sound Software Engineering
  • Helen Balmforth, HSE 

Health and wellbeing

Resilience of complex systems

  • David Johnson, HSE

Safer structures

  • Simon Thurlbeck, Visiting Professor, research development and industrial engagement services
  • David Glass, HSE

Social care and ageing

Academic Leads

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

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

Postdoctoral staff & 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
  • Phong Le - Research Fellow
    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
  • Jing Xu - Research Associate
    Researcher in development of capacitates to extract health and safety insights

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

External Links

Health & 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.