Personal profile


Thomas is a postgraduate researcher and visiting lecturer based within the School of Sport and Wellbeing. Supervised by Professor Martin Barwood and colleagues, his research centres on human floatation in water, focusing on the factors that influence it and its significance for drowning prevention and self-rescue. This applied interdisciplinary PhD project is rooted in sport and exercise science and includes aspects of physiology, biomechanics, and ergonomics to establish an evidence-based framework to inform national water safety advice and education.

With a background as a qualified swim teacher, lifeguard, and former Royal Navy submariner, Thomas brings practical experience and an understanding of the challenges and safety considerations in aquatic environments. 

He is interested in environmental ergonomics and occupational physiology, paticularly in relation to anthropometry, exploring health and performance in/under different conditions. He is also interested in the biomechanics and physiology of swimming, and swimming skills acquisition and performance, recognising their importance in recreational and competitive contexts.

Thomas is a qualified ISAK anthropometrist (i.e., body composition testing) and has experience with digital anthropometry (i.e., 3D human body scanning and analysis). These and other services are bookable through Trinity Performance.

SHN5065 Biomechanical Analysis of Performance
SHN4123 Applying Principles of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Supervisory team
Prof Martin Barwood
Dr Heather Massey
Dr Danielle Davis
Prof Mark Russell


Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Exercise Physiology (Dist), Liverpool John Moores University

Sept 2018Jul 2019

Bachelor of Science, Sports Science (1st, Hons), University of Huddersfield

Sept 2015Jul 2018