Our Trainers

Dr David Embrey

Managing Director

Originally trained as a physicist and David holds degrees in physics, ergonomics and applied psychology from the University of Birmingham and the University of Aston in England. After receiving his Ph.D. in human factors, he has subsequently worked for 35 years in the area of human reliability in systems, where he has published more than a hundred papers and reports and co-authored two books.

His main technical interest has been the assessment and improvement of human performance in systems. He has worked extensively in the petrochemical, nuclear power, rail transport, aerospace systems, marine sectors and pharmaceutical industry in Europe, the Far East, USA and South America. He has worked for several large multinationals in the petrochemical sector and has written a definitive text ‘Guidelines for Preventing Human Error in Process Safety’

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Dr Dominic Furniss

Senior Consultant

Holds degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors (MSc, PhD) from University College London (UCL). A member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors his areas of interest include user research, usability engineering, sociotechnical system design, and Safety-II. His research has focused on the design and use of medical devices in context. He has published three books and over 70 papers in academic and professional journals. He is an honorary lecturer at UCL.

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Jamie Henderson

Senior Consultant

Holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool and a Masters degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University. He is a member of the Ergonomics Society and has experience in a wide range of project areas and industry sectors. Over the past few years much of his work has been in the process industries, undertaking projects for companies such as BP, National Grid, ConocoPhillips, Borealis, Huntsman and Acetate Products. This work has given him considerable experience in the development of qualitative human reliability assessments for safety cases, and in the related areas of procedures and training.

Jamie has also made significant contributions to research projects covering diverse topics such as accident investigation, safety culture, remote working, emergency planning and safety critical checking. These projects have taken place in pharmaceutical, rail and aviation industries, as well as for regulatory bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Richard Marshall

Senior Consultant

Is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF), a Registered Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (MCIEHF) and a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH) with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). He has over Twenty year’s international experience, operating throughout the UK, Middle East, South East Asia and Australasia. A significant proportion of this experience has been gained within corporate positions, consultancy, high hazard operational sites (11 years at Upper Tier COMAH Facilities) and mega project environments (several projects in excess of $15 Billion). Richard has first-hand operational experience of designing, managing, and integrating systems and processes for sustainable human factors solutions and health & safety controls within the power generation, offshore/onshore oil and gas, refining & chemical manufacturing complexes and construction (offshore and onshore) industry sectors. 

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Alex Riley

Holds a degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire. Alex has an extensive background in applying Human Factors in high hazard (3 of the 5 most hazardous buildings in the west) and high-profile industries. Alex spent a number of years working for Sellafield, working on some of the most complex, high profile projects in the world. His recent work with HRA has encompassed many different HF methodologies working with clients in the oil, gas and chemical industries. Alex has developed methodologies over the years of working on long term design projects which he now implements for clients working with HRA. In his previous occupation as an academic, Alex worked within the field of forensic psychology and taught at the University of Central Lancashire, He now brings this experience to HRA’s training academy program. Alex has contributed to numerous research programs in the areas of psychology/human factors including the development of facial composite systems that are currently used by law enforcement agencies world-wide.

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Penelope Easter

Holds a Doctorate in Applied Physics and Electronic engineering. Her experience as a lecturer and researcher at the school of Electronics, her technical support responsibilities for Ocean going research for the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University and a rich portfolio of Safety Critical Task Analyses developed from the Process Industries and Health care sectors has provided her with the much neede background to enable her to prepare and deliver lectures and workshops for both F2F and online training programmes e.g. Human factors module in Health and Safety for the MSc Human factors and Ergonomics course at Sheffield University February 2020. Her experience as an SCT analyst spans a broad range of industrial case studies such as the sending and receiving of a PIG, the offloading of propane for storage in the oil and gas sector etc. And recently in the response to the COVID 19 pandemic she assisted in a human Fcator review, analysisng, preparing and finally presenting the FMEA report for a ventilator by a UK engineering company, in their Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator RMV project.

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