David Thomas

Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University

I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University where I have been since January 2020. Over the past 18 months I have also been a Degree Apprentice Student on the Leadership MBA here at Middlesex University to consolidate my extensive managerial and leadership experiences in the private, public and university sector

I thrive on trying new things and challenging the status quo and am a challenging yet pro-active person-with experiences including hands on industrial experience. I am driven by the global world and developing international links, with my role as Chair of the IOSH EWMG giving me opportunity to bridge between industry and academia. I have a passion for improving competence and believe in doing the simple things well, by coaching others and working cross functionally both externally and internally with stakeholders at all levels to jointly find practical solutions to real problems. I have worked in a number of sectors such as Wastes' Management, local government, extractive industries and the academic sector. My peer reviewed publications have looked to explore links between work and ill health – something becoming more relevant as I get older.

My main research interests include the prevention of work-related ill health, Wellbeing (Physical and mental health), Musculoskeletal Disorder, Rehabilitation /Return to work an broader sustainability issues.

I have successfully worked with a number of local authorities in the UK developing and advising on Health and Safety improvement strategies within the waste sector and have worked internationally, teaching in China, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago and consultancy in Georgia.

My MBA has refocused my interest on change management and workforce engagement including reward and recognition.