Dr David Flower
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
I am an occupational physician with BP based in the UK. Having first graduated in Chemical Engineering from University College London, I subsequently studied medicine at University College Hospital Medical School. After hospital jobs in London and Gloucestershire I became a principal in general practice before commencing higher professional training in occupational medicine with the UK Atomic Energy Authority and British Airways. My MD thesis examined the severity and performance effects of transmeridian travel and enabled me to become established as a subject matter expert in the occupational and performance effects of circadian disruption. I have worked with NASA and Airbus in the development of an aviation alertness management programme and spent 3 years as part of a European Commission Task Force on flight time limitations and was an adviser to the British Olympic Association and UK Sport across 3 Olympic cycles. In 2011, I was a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) President’s Task Force on Fatigue and co-author of the Guidance Statement on ‘Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace’.
I joined BP in 2006 and am currently Senior Health Director for the western hemisphere supported by a team of Regional Health Directors in the USA, Central and South America and Asia Pacific. My role is to provide an independent view of the safety and operational risks in respect of health and assure local implementation of regulatory and BP requirements. In addition to a corporate role in fatigue management, I am also active in the development of global capability based fitness for task assessments which are compliant with equality, disability and data privacy requirements across all countries.
I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. I am a member of Her Majesty’s Secretary of State’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes Mellitus and the Responsible Officer for revalidation for the 300+ doctors who have a prescribed connection with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.