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Prof. Robert A Cocks (Director) 

Prof. Robert Cocks is in full-time practice in clinical Aviation Medicine as a Civil Aviation Department Approved Medical Assessor, and works as an Aviation Medicine Consultant in Hong Kong. Formerly Professor and Director of the A&E Medicine Academic Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he has a background in Accident & Emergency Medicine and maintains research interests in aircraft, railway and road accident investigation and prevention. He continues to teach Emergency Medicine and Aviation Medicine modules at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and holds the post of Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

Prof. Colin Graham (Founding Fellow)

Prof. Colin Graham currently holds the post of Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong. Working at the University's Accident & Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, he is a founder member of the Aerospace Medicine Group. He is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine, and his interests including major trauma management and outcomes, resuscitation, acute stroke and pre-hospital care. He is a Founding Fellow of Morningside College at CUHK and one of the authors of the Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine, a popular text for junior emergency department staff.

Prof. Timothy Rainer (Founding Fellow)


Timothy Rainer is Professor and Director of the Accident & Emergency Medicine Academic Unit of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Honorary Chief of Service of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Prince of Wales Hospital,Shatin, Hong Kong, and also a Founding Member of the Aerospace Medicine Group. Professor Rainer¹s interests include the development of diagnostic and prediction rules using clinical and molecular markers. He has a special interest in trauma and acute critical care. 


Captain Dave Newbery (Founding Fellow)


Captain Newbery is presently an Airbus Training Captain (Check) with Cathay Pacific and has been flying the Airbus A330/340 since 1995.  He has accumulated more than 15,000 flying hours.  Prior to joining Cathay in 1994, he served 17 years in the UK Royal Air Force and was operational on Phantom and Tornado F3 aircraft.  He was a “victim” of an accident inquiry during his advanced flying training and went on to complete the RAF’s Flight Safety Officer Course at Farnborough before becoming a Unit and Station Flight Safety Officer – it was during a stint as the latter that Captain Newbery was involved in the immediate response to a major accident on his home airfield and co-ordinated and assisted the setting up of the Board of Inquiry.  He spent 3 years at the Aircraft Armament and Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down, where he was a member of Handling Squadron.  In this capacity, he was called upon as an expert witness on matters pertaining to aircraft handling and Emergency Procedures in about half-a-dozen fast-jet Boards of Inquiry.  Subsequently, he was a witness to a member of his formation crashing into mountains and he was a member of a 2-man Board of Inquiry investigating a serious and high-profile breach of flying discipline during a flypast at the RAF College Cranwell.  Soon after joining Cathay Pacific, Captain Newbery attended the Swedavia Aviation Accident Investigation Course and he has been an IFALPA Accredited Accident Investigator and a member of the IFALPA Accident Analysis and Prevention Committee since 1998. 

Captain Mike Webber (Founding Fellow)


Captain Mike Webber has over 40 years experience of the military and commercial aviation industry as a pilot, instructor, training captain, examiner, manager, consultant, air safety regulator, auditor, and air accident investigator.  A former Flight Operations Inspector for both the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, he is currently Director of Safety and Compliance for Metrojet and Heliservices in Hong Kong.  He has a special interest in Safety Management Systems and the role of human factors in accident causation. 


Alexander Cocks (Administrator)

Alexander graduated in History with first-class honours from Cambridge University in 2011 and is now training in Law. He will be happy to answer any queries, and to help in any way possible. For contact details see our Contact Us page.



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