I got interested in Ergonomics and Human Factors because of a central heating thermostat and a car radio. I could not believe people were designing interfaces so complicated and difficult to use. Following another cold evening and a near collision with an articulated lorry (whilst trying to change radio stations) I decided to do something about it and went to UCL to study for an MSc in HCI and Ergonomics.
I completed the course in 2001 and after first working for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the Human Factors (HF) unit I joined Greenstreet Berman Ltd in 2004.
Thermostats and radios are no longer the sole focus of my HF ire and I now prefer to improve design in high hazard industries such as nuclear; rail and oil and gas.
What do you do at Greenstreet Berman Ltd?
I am a Principal Human Factors (HF) Consultant specializing in HF. Much of my current work is supporting facility design and safety case development.
What are your professional interests?
My main interest in terms of HF are maintenance, displays, alarms, fatigue & shiftwork but what is great about my job is that I get to work on a very wide range of topics and with people from across organizations from CEOs to guys on the shop floor.
I am a member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors as well as the British Psychological Society.
What do you do in your spare time?
I play sports like golf and cricket as well as being a regular snowboarder and scuba diver. I love living in London and I am a frequent visitor to art galleries and museums and still go to the occasional gig.
Tell us something we might not know about you.
My colleagues consider me to be an expert on human error although this is more to do with my propensity for mistakes, lapses and violations than subject matter expertise.