Renowned industry psychologist joins Board of Step Change in Safety

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We’re delighted to announce that Rhona Flin, Professor of Industrial Psychology at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen, has joined the Board of Step Change in Safety.


Rhona directs and supervises research and consultancy projects on human performance and organisational safety culture in high risk industries.


She began to conduct psychological research with the offshore oil and gas industry in 1987 and has studied various aspects of safety and emergency response, such as OIMs’ and supervisors’ safety leadership, risk perception and safety culture on offshore installations, situation awareness in drillers. She also led a five year multi-centre research project on patient safety in Scottish hospitals. She was a member of the Safety Advisory Committee for the Military Aviation Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence and is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Human Factors Technical Section.  


Her work examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills. Current projects include psychological factors in the introduction of new technology on the UKCS, managers’ safety leadership and non-technical skills in safety-critical tasks. She has published eleven books and 150 peer-reviewed articles; her books.


Welcoming Rhona’s appointment to the Board, Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae said; “Rhona brings a unique level of academic knowledge and expertise in the areas of Human Factors and crew resource management that will prove invaluable in shaping Step Change in Safety’s agenda in the future.”