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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Leadership, Work and Wellbeing

How to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of the workforce

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The Theme aims to contribute to the enhancement of wellbeing at work, including reduction in work-related stress, and positive contributions to mental health.  To better understand the role of leadership contributions to risk management and assurance, and guide on leadership development and governance, supporting pragmatic change for continuous improvement through a holistic perspective. 

It has a ‘shared research approach’, which maximises opportunities for The University of Manchester and HSE collaborations with matched funding from companies, public bodies and research councils. The theme has extensive contacts through the National Health Forum, with additional links in AMBS, including Exec Ed clients, such as BAE Systems and NHS, and other corporates.

Theme Leads:

  • Sara Willis, The University of Manchester
  • Ed Corbett, HSE

Theme membership

  • Cary Cooper
  • Clara Cheung
  • David Fishwick (HSE)
  • David Holman
  • David Hughes
  • Felicity Algate
  • Jim Quick
  • Lina Siegl 
  • Martie Van Tongeren
  • Nick Warren (HSE)
  • Sara Willis
  • Sheena Johnson


  • Keeping the UK Building Safely (KUBS) mobilising the resources/capabilities of UoM and HSE science division to help enable UK to build safely at speed - a scoping study
  • Leadership, Work and Wellbeing - scope out a health and wellbeing indicator tool based on existing datasets for NHS England Phase 1 
  • The 'mindful regulator' ESRC proposal in development with HSE, Office for Nuclear Regulator and Office for Road and Rail Regulation
  • Nuclear Innovation & Research Office (NIRO) - SC with AMBS colleagues (Sara Willis & David Holman) looking at paradoxical leadership & safety culture development in the decommissioning phase (at Sellafield)