- Safety Research Coordinator
Barry Kirwan started his career as a psychologist and Human Factors specialist, working first as a consultant, and then as a team leader in accident prevention in the nuclear, oil and gas, and maritime sectors, including working at several UK nuclear sites as well as spending short spells on oil rigs and floating production vessels. He then taught Human Factors at Birmingham University for five years, before becoming Head of Human Factors at NATS.
In 2000 Kirwan moved to EUROCONTROL, where he worked on a range of Human Factors and safety issues. In particular, following two tragic aviation disasters in Europe, he initiated and ran the European Safety Culture Programme for a decade, which now involves more than thirty countries who carry out periodic safety culture surveys. More recently he has been involved with the Future Sky Safety programme, spreading the safety culture approach to airlines, airframe manufacturers and airports. The most innovative aspect of this programme is known as the Luton Stack, which involves a cluster of organisations at a single airport location working together to improve safety and safety culture.
Strategic session 6, Tuesday 28 April:
Taking transport safety to a new level: societal challenges, research solutions – the way forward