Portrait of Mr Peter Hughes Mr Peter Hughes

p.hughes@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471195



Biography

Mr Hughes has worked in industry as a railway safety specialist since 1992. He has worked for British Rail in the UK and in Australia for the state railways in Queensland as Safety Risk Manager, as well as for Ansaldo STS as the System Safety Manager. His specialist skills are in risk management, railway safety management systems, and accident investigation. Mr Hughes is also a specialist in level crossing safety; he led the team that developed the risk management processes used for level crossing safety assessment in Australia and New Zealand. He has also provided level crossing safety advice to the Parliament of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

In 2011, Mr Hughes established a specialist consulting business to provide specialist safety advice to the Australian railway industry. As a result of this work he also took up a directorship with an Australian technology company that develops innovative level crossing safety equipment.

In September 2014, Mr Hughes moved to the UK to take up a role as Principle Enterprise Fellow with the Institute of Railway Research.

Research and Scholarship

Mr Hughes is involved with the University’s research activities as part of the Strategic Partnership with the Rail Safety and Standards Board and is leading key projects as part of the partnership. He is also undertaking a PhD to research level crossing safety issues.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Article

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Learning from text-based close call dataSafety and Reliability: SaRS Journal . ISSN 0961-7353

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Using visual analytics to make sense of railway Close CallsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , pp. 1-8. ISSN 0954-4097

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Visual analytics for text-based railway incident reportsSafety Science , 89, pp. 72-76. ISSN 0925-7535

Wullems, C., Hughes, P. and Nikandros, G. (2013) ‘Modelling risk at low-exposure railway level crossings: supporting an argument for low-cost level crossing warning devices with lower levels of safety integrityProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 227 (5), pp. 560-569. ISSN 0954-4097

Book Section

Van Gulijk, C., Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Loukianov, A. (2018) ‘Introduction to IT transformation of safety and risk management systems’. In: Handbook of RAMS in railway systems: Theory and Practice. : CRC. . ISBN 978-1138035126

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P. and Figueres-Esteban, M. (2016) ‘The potential of ontology for safety and risk analysis’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘From negative statements to positive safety’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Ontology network analysis for safety learning in the railway domain’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘The role of data visualization in Railway Big Data Risk Analysis’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems: ESREL 2015. : CRC Press / Balkema. pp. 2877-2882. ISBN 9781138028791

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘Learning from text-based close call data’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems. Zürich, Switzerland: CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 31-38. ISBN 978-1-138-02879-1

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M., Dacre, M. and Harrison, C. (2015) ‘Big Data Risk Analysis for Rail Safety?’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems: ESREL 2015. : CRC/Balkema. . ISBN 9781138028791

Conference Item

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Big Data for Risk Analysis: the future of safe railways’. In: XII Conference on Transport Engineering, 7th - 9th June 2016, Valencia, Spain

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P. and Figueres-Esteban, M. (2016) ‘Big Data Risk Analysis for Railway Safety’. In: World Congress of Railway Research, 29th May - June 2nd 2016, Milan

Van Gulijk, C., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Hughes, P. (2015) ‘Big Data Risk Assessment the 21st Century approach to safety science’. In: International Railway Safety Council 2014, 4th - 9th October 2015, Johannesburg

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘Visualising Close Call in railways: a step towards Big Data Risk Analysis’. In: Fifth International Rail Human Factors Conference, 14-17th September 2015, London

Monograph

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) Learning from Close Calls Huddersfield, UK: SPARK

Esteem

Whilst working in industry, Mr Hughes has achieved a number of successes:

  • Speaker to a number of conferences including the 2012 world congress hosted by the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers,
  • Provision of safety advice to the New South Wales Parliament (2002),
  • Expert Witness advice to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia (2014),
  • Coordination of risk management activities for the Queensland state railways in preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM),
  • Provision of advice to a number of company’s senior executives and Boards of Directors.

Research Degree Supervision

Current opportunities

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Enterprise Activities

Mr Hughes has a strong background in enterprise, he has worked as a consultant in the UK and Australia and has managed many industry projects. In 2011 he established a specialialist consulting business to provide safety advice to the Australian railway industry. He has also held a Directorship with a company developing innovative level crossing safety equipment.

Administrative Responsibilities

Management of projects for delivery of the Strategic Partnership with the RSSB.