Course Facilitator

Dr Leigh Dunn

Lecturer in Aircraft Accident Investigation
Centre for Safety & Accident Investigation


PhD Cranfield University (2013)

Leigh’s doctoral research was focused on the investigation of methods of composite material failure mode identification, in the field of aircraft accident investigation.

Beng Hons (Aerospace Engineering) University of Hertfordshire (2002)


Leigh joined Apollo Metals UK Ltd (latterly ThyssenKrupp Aerospace) in 2002 working within the commercial and account management aspect of the company. His final appointment within ThyssenKrupp Aerospace UK Ltd was as a Global Programs Manager, which commenced early in 2008. He departed ThyssenKrupp Aerospace to conduct a full-time PhD at Cranfield University.
Having completed his PhD in early 2013, Leigh remained at Cranfield University’s Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) as a full-time teaching and research fellow. During this period Leigh was module and CPD course lead for Fundamentals of Material Failures for Accident Investigators, Legal Skills for Accident Investigators and the Applied Safety Assessment Workshop.  In addition Leigh taught industry professionals on courses contained within CSAIC’s wider Accident Investigation short course portfolio.
In 2016, Leigh departed Cranfield University to work as a Serious Incident Reviewer for East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT). Leigh was responsible for leading high quality safety investigations, conducting detailed analysis, and making safety recommendations, on serious incidents that occurred within ELFT. In May 2018, Leigh re-joined Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Aircraft Accident Investigation.


Current Activities

Leigh Dunn is a full-time Lecturer in Aircraft Accident Investigation at Cranfield University’s Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC). His teaching interests lie in causal analysis, accident site imagery, structures investigations, amongst others. Leigh also leads the Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Fundamentals of Material Failures for Accident Investigators as part of the Safety and Accident Investigation – Air Transport MSc.
Leigh is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a professional member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

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