Accidental Ambassador – a personal reflection

I’m aiming to use this blog to share my thoughts as I begin my year as President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. My period in post officially begins in a couple of hours, at the Annual General Meeting, during our annual Ergonomics and Human Factors. It is a tremendous privilege to take on this role, and I’m hoping to reflect on all things ergonomics and human factors-like here.

In my day job I’m a Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham, in the Faculty of Engineering. I’m also a girl. And this is how the ‘Accidental Ambassador’ notion has emerged. When I was promoted just over 3 years ago, I suddenly found myself invited to take on new roles, and give presentations in my capacity as a ‘role model’ – something that I felt quite uncomfortable about at first. It felt arrogant to claim to be a role model, and was certainly not something I intended to become. But I realised that I had a responsibility, being a woman in a male dominated context, to discuss my experiences and, hopefully, to help others who might find themselves in a similar position. I’m not sure that I’m a natural blogger, but let’s see how it goes…

Accidental Ambassador – a personal reflection

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