Professor Graham Braithwaite
Director of Transport Systems, Chair in Safety and Accident Investigation, Cranfield University
Professor Graham Braithwaite was appointed as the Director of Transport Systems in 2014. He has also been the Chair in Safety and Accident Investigation since 2006 and leads a diverse range of transport activity including the Centre for Air Transport Management; National Flying Laboratory Centre; Safety and Accident Investigation Centre; and Centre for Automotive Engineering and Technology.
Professor Braithwaite graduated from Loughborough University with an Honours degree in Transport Management and Planning and a PhD in the area of Aviation Safety Management. Between 1997 and 2003, Graham helped to establish the new Department of Aviation at the University of New South Wales.
In 2003, Graham was appointed as Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre at Cranfield. Working closely with industry, the Centre delivers internationally-renowned continuing professional development and MSc courses in safety and risk management, airworthiness and aircraft accident investigation. In 2004, the Centre launched a new multi-modal accident investigation course which has now trained over 1,000 investigators, and in 2005, Graham led the launch of the world’s first MSc programme for aircraft accident investigators.
Graham manages an active group of PhD researchers looking at topics ranging from human factors and safety management in aviation to accident investigation. His research, consultancy and training clients have included the UK Civil Aviation Authority, European Aviation Safety Agency, European Maritime Safety Agency, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Cathay Pacific, easyJet, Monarch Airways and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.
Graham led Cranfield University’s successful bid for a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the highest honour that can be awarded to a UK Further or Higher Education Institution. Her Majesty The Queen presented the award “For world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation” at Buckingham Palace in February 2012. In recognition of his contribution to aviation safety, Graham was also awarded the honour of Distinguished Alumni by Loughborough University in 2012.