Contact Professor Graham Braithwaite

Areas of expertise

  • Air Transport Safety & Investigation
  • Human Factors
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability

Background

Graham holds a BSc (Hons) in Transport Management and Planning and a PhD in Aviation Safety Management from Loughborough University. From 1997 to 2003, he taught Aviation Safety and Human Factors at the University of New South Wales and was involved in a range of research projects covering ATC, cabin safety, rescue and firefighting and engineering human factors.

Graham joined Cranfield University in 2003 as the Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, was promoted to Head of the Department of Air Transport in 2006, Head of the Transport and Safety Engineering Division in 2013 and Director of the Transport Systems Theme in 2015. He launched new multimodal accident investigation courses in 2004 and the world's first MSc for aircraft accident investigators in 2005. 

In 2011, Graham led the University's successful bid for a Queen's Anniversary Prize. This is the highest honour that can be given to a UK academic institution and was awarded for Cranfield's "world-leading work in aviation safety through research and teaching in air accident investigation." In 2012, he made a 'Distinguished Alumni Award' of Loughborough University  and in 2013 he was able to collect the Flight Safety Foundation's Richard Teller Crane Founders Award on behalf of the University for its sustained corporate leadership in aviation safety. In 2019, Graham led the University's successful bid for its sixth Queen's Anniversary Prize - for the University's flying classrooms and laboratories. 

Current activities

Professor Braithwaite is Director of Transport Systems - one of the Theme that make up Cranfield University. Transport Systems covers seven Centres: Air Transport Management; Advanced Vehicle Engineering; the National Flying Laboratory Centre; Engineering Photonics; Integrated Vehicle Health Management; the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre; and Safety and Accident Investigation. The Theme operates a number of unique facilities including a Jetstream 31 Flying Classroom, Boeing 737 Ground Demonstrator, Accident Investigation Laboratory, the Multi User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) and an Off Road Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility.

Graham is also Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation and the academic lead for the University's £67 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) which will be ready for operation in Summer 2020.

Graham is involved in the development and delivery of training for transport accident investigators and has a particular interest in safety culture. He regularly speaks at international symposia and conferences on the topic (e.g. Safeskies, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Shell Aircraft, CHC Safety & Quality Forum) and sits as the independent non-exec on the TUI (Northern Region) Safety Review Board and as Independent Safety Adviser to the British Airways Board. 

Graham is regularly called upon to provide expert advice on aviation safety from organisations including the news media (e.g. BBC, ITN, CNN), the aviation industry and the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

Clients

Previous clients for tailored training courses include: AirAsia, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, China Airlines, Monarch Airlines, easyJet, AirTanker, Boeing Global Learning Institute, AirBusiness Academy, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD), Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (HKMTR), Electrical and Mechanical Services Division (EMSD), Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Japanese Airline Pilots Association (JAPA), Japanese Marine Accident Investigation Association, QinetiQ Technology Training, Belfast Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.

Previous clients for research and consultancy include: UK Civil Aviation Authority, Department for Transport (DfT), Thomson Airways, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Air Safety Support International (ASSI).
 

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