Areas of expertise

Background

Alan obtained a TEC Diploma in Engineering from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology in 1982 before joining the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice in 1984. Following a 4-year apprenticeship he specialised in aircraft propulsion and airframes obtaining a BTEC Diploma in Aircraft Engineering in 1988 and a HND in Aeronautical Engineering in 1999 during a career spanning 26 years. Alan trained as an Accident Investigator at the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre in 2006 and was awarded a PG Cert in Safety and Accident Investigation in 2010.

During his career Alan held a number of specialist engineering posts, which saw him working closely with all three of the UK’s armed forces in providing engineering support to predominantly rotary wing operations worldwide both ashore and afloat. This included an appointment as an Investigating Officer at the Royal Navy Accident and Investigation Centre, which allowed him to develop his experience as a military aircraft accident investigator with a particular focus on the challenges of accident investigation in high threat environments.

Having reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Alan retired from the Royal Navy in December 2010 to take up the post of Manager, Accident Investigation at the Department of Air Transport.

Current activities

Planning, resourcing, development and delivery of:
  • Fundamentals of Accident Investigation short course accident simulations
  • Applied Air Accident Investigation short course accident simulations
  • Applied Rail Accident Investigation short course accident simulations
  • Applied Marine Accident Investigation short course including accident simulations.
  • Accident Investigation for Aviation Management short course.  
  • Hazard and Evidence Awareness for Air Accident Responders short course.
Teaching on the following short courses:
  • Fundamentals of Accident Investigation
  • Applied Air, Marine and Rail Accident Investigation courses.
  • Accident Investigation for Aviation Management.
  • Hazard and Evidence Awareness for Air Accident Responders. 
  • Military Airworthiness Course (Shrivenham).
Management of the Department of Air Transport Accident Investigation Laboratory and other assets.
Supervision of MSc students (Human Factors and Safety & Accident Investigation).

Clients

  • Irish Air Corps
  • Scottish Police Authority
  • Spanish CIAIAC and CITAAM