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Alexandra Holmes

Alexandra Holmes

Research Director

Dr Alexandra Holmes is Research Director at Clockwork Research, specialising in the implementation of Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) in safety critical industries. With a PhD exploring the effects of sleep loss and shift work, Alex assists operators to undertake and review scientific safety cases. Alex has over 15 years of experience in enabling operators to implement all elements of FRM, including strategy, training, promotion, risk assessment and safety assurance. Working in the aviation, oil and gas, rail and road transport industries, Alex has insight into ‘what good FRM looks like’ in different industries, cultures and regions. Alex has helped operators and regulators to manage the fatigue risk associated with ultralong rage (ULR) operations, offshore schedules and commuting workforces such as fly-in-fly-out (FIFO).

Sarah Booth

Sarah Booth

Research Manager

Sarah Booth is a Research Manager at Clockwork Research. A specialist in human performance in the aviation and aerospace environments, Sarah has worked with aviation operators to develop and implement Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) across multiple regulatory environments.

Sarah specialises in the integration of key data streams into the FRMS. A highly experienced user of biomathematical fatigue models, Sarah develops key metrics for the analysis of roster-related-fatigue levels and the determination of broader schedule quality. Sarah also works closely with operators to implement effective, data-rich fatigue reporting systems, and to identify barriers to reporting.

A regular speaker at both academic and industry conferences, Sarah is also a trainer, delivering to operators in the implementation of Fatigue Risk Management, as well as courses in the use of biomathematical modelling.

Sarah obtained an honours degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford, focusing on cardiovascular physiology and immunology and a Master’s degree in Space Physiology and Health at King’s College London. Sarah is an Affiliate Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Cristina Ruscitto

Cristina Ruscitto

Senior Researcher

Dr Cristina Ruscitto is a Senior Researcher at Clockwork Research. She specialises in the psycho-behavioural predictors of jet lag and fatigue in the aviation sector. Her role involves a wide range of tasks, including the development of fatigue surveys and survey analysis, development of fatigue investigation process, review and recommendations of procedures, scientific study of roster patterns and the use of bio-mathematical models to conduct roster analysis.

Cristina joined Clockwork Research in April 2018, having previously completed her PhD in Health Psychology exploring the psycho-behavioural predictors of jet lag amongst long-haul cabin crew at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research examined the relationship between subjective (symptom perception) and objective (shift in melatonin acrophase) jet lag in order to provide a comprehensive account of jet lag in long-haul cabin crew. The nature of subjective jet lag was further explored in terms of how long-haul crew make sense of jet lag and how this affects their adaptation to jet lag. Finally, based on recent evidence about the circadian resetting properties of food timing, Cristina also evaluated the impact of mealtimes for reducing jet lag in long-haul crew.

Cristina’s interest in the field of jet lag and fatigue in aviation is not only academic but also personal having worked as long-haul cabin crew for 24 years. Cristina also works as a Visiting Researcher and Academic Tutor in Psychology for the University of Surrey. She is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Curt Graeber

Curt Graeber

Dr Curt Graeber is President of The Graeber Group, Ltd., an independent consultancy specialising in human performance and aviation safety. He retired from Boeing in 2008 as a Senior Technical Fellow, Chief Engineer for Human Factors and Director of Regional Safety Programs. He also served as Chief, Crew Operations, for the development of the 737-NG airplane series.

Previously Dr Graeber led the flight crew fatigue program at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Curt has received numerous awards from various international aerospace organizations and has authored over 100 scientific and technical articles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Aerospace Medical Association and the Flight Safety Foundation. He co-chaired the Flight Safety Foundation’s Ultra Long-Range Crew Alertness Initiative and led ICAO’s Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) Task Force. He chairs Air New Zealand’s Independent Alertness Advisory Panel and has worked with Clockwork as an FRMS advisor to Air France and Southwest Airlines.

Al Gallacher

Al has spent 43 years in aviation: 20 of them as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and 23 years with a major Hong Kong airline, retiring as a Senior Captain on the BOEING 777.

He held several instructional positions in the RAF, on the Jaguar and Tornado, and was an Air Combat Instructor on the Phantom in the United States Air Force.  He was a senior supervisor of flying in both air forces and was also a Flight Safety Officer in the RAF.  He was a staff officer in the UK MOD, working with the Civil Service, research Scientists and UK industry.

Throughout his commercial career, Al experienced exposure to fatigue on most of his duties, which involved mainly the Command of Long Haul flights between Europe and Hong Kong.  He investigated, and implemented, techniques to mitigate the effects and risks of fatigue both to himself and the wider crew community.  At his earliest opportunity, he joined the Airline’s FRMS Committee.  Al is committed to using his experience to improve the life and health of all who are exposed to the effects of fatigue and to reduce the risk to the organisations who employ them.

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Titan Airways engaged with Clockwork to assist in the development of training to meet both the regulatory needs of EASA-FTL and the unique fatigue management challenges that we face in an ad-hoc operating environment. Clockwork’s approach to the task was methodical and also sympathetic to the diverse operation types we have. The communication from the Clockwork team was excellent throughout the project including ongoing support after release. The final training product truly combined the theoretical and practical aspects of fatigue management with the Titan operating environment and ethos.open quote

Graham Baguley

Operations Director

Titan Airways

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We have been working closely with Clockwork since 2013. They have been instrumental in the airline successfully setting up an effective fatigue programme, through an in-depth analysis of the airlines operations and produced excellent training materials to improve the crew understanding of fatigue. The staff at Clockwork are extremely knowledgeable and professional, making it easy to achieve good results in reducing the risks associated with fatigue in our very complex environment.open quote

Russel Ellis

Director, Operations Control

Air Astana

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We embarked on a complex project with Clockwork and the team at Clockwork were receptive to our ideas and made sure they immersed themselves in our own company culture. This relationship building gave us the ability to give open and honest feedback from both parties which resulted in an excellent programme that our cabin crew could use that was appropriate to their roles and easy to relate to.open quote

Matt Whipp

Manager SEP, Security & AvMed Training

Virgin Atlantic Airways