Graham Frobisher

PhD StudentGraham Frobisher

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I served for 30 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers rising from Private to Major and was trained as an Aircraft Engineer. As a Major I commanded an Aircraft Repair Workshop, followed by being the Second in Command and Chief Instructor of the Training Battalion & Depot REME and finally served as a Staff Officer in the MoD, authoring the engineering aspect of the Tender for the £4bn Attack Helicopter Project.

After leaving the Army in 1993, I had a successful second career, predominantly in Facility & Project Management together with Safety, Health & Environmental matters. I worked in senior positions within food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, automotive and latterly aerospace. My last seven and half working years were as the UK Head of Facilities & SHE for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group which included responsibility for the maintenance and repair of Cambridge Airport.

I have an MSc in the Management of Health and Safety with Distinction from the University of Leicester and am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute



PhD Thesis:

The 7th Decade Manager: An examination of late career managers’ perspectives upon their world of work.
There are increasing numbers of managers who continue to work well into their sixties, either from choice or necessity, for example, I worked full time until I was 68. Whilst the older worker (employee) has been the subject of much research, little appears to be known or researched specifically about the ‘older manager’. Scholarly attention on the older worker tends to concentrate on the age over 45 or 50, whereas what is likely to be the last decade of working (sixties) provided a new lens on working in later life has been overlooked .

Of particular interest is how an older manager’s self-identity may be influenced by age and work.

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