Dr Fred Sherratt

Senior Lecturer in Construction Management

Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Construction Management

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

After more than ten years working in the construction industry for a large contractor, most recently as a section manager, Fred moved to academia. She teaches many aspects of construction management, including planning and programming, resource management, management theory and practice, and health and safety management.

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fred.sherratt@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Fred began working in construction as a temporary site secretary, and enjoyed it so much she decided to stay. Progressing through the roles of document control, assistant planner, project planner and finally construction section manager, Fred has experience of site-based work as well as feasibility studies, tendering processes and pre-construction activities. She's able to share this knowledge through her lectures, using examples from her time on site to bring the theory to life.

While working as a section manager, Fred was sponsored to carry out a PhD in construction site safety. Her position as an emic researcher, having to deal with safety management on a daily basis, brought insight to the process. However, Fred also became more interested in the methodologies used for such research, specifically challenging the positivistic way of ‘measuring people’ which simply didn’t agree with her lived experiences. As a result, her research is grounded in social constructionism, adopting a relativistic approach in her work. Fred remains an active researcher, with a desire to produce understandings and insights that are actually useful in practice, aiming to help create a construction industry that ensures the people she used to work alongside are as safe and healthy as possible.

Research interests

  • Health and safety management
  • Safety culture
  • People in construction
  • Methodologies of construction management research

Areas of research supervision

  • Ethnographic investigation of safety in large construction projects
  • Examination of trust in construction procurement

Qualifications

  • PhD Construction Site Safety

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Building
  • Member, Chartered Association of Building Engineers
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Member of the CIOB Health and Safety Advisory Group
  • Member of the CIOB Accreditation Panel
  • Committee Member (Secretary) of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Committee Member of the European Institute for Construction Labour Research, GB (CLR-GB)
  • Reviewer for Construction Management and Economics, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and the Journal of Safety Health and Environmental Research
  • External Examiner for Coventry University College and the University of Brighton

Selected recent publications

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Sherratt, F., Smith, S.D. and Oswald, D. (2015) Unsafe acts and unsafe conditions: Development of a prelude model. In Behm, M. and McAleenan, C. (Eds) Proceedings CIB W099 Belfast 2015, 10-11 September 2015, University of Ulster, Belfast, CIB. ISBN: 978-1-909854-01-7, 92-100.

Sherratt, F. (2015) Legitimising public health control on sites: Evaluating the UK construction industry response. In Behm, M. and McAleenan, C. (Eds) Proceedings CIB W099 Belfast 2015, 10-11 September 2015, University of Ulster, Belfast, CIB. ISBN: 978-1-909854-01-7, 200-209.

Oswald, D., Aboagye-Nimo, E., Smith, S. Raiden, A. and Sherratt, F. (2015) “You couldn’t finish the job without breaking the rules”, In Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Vohmann, B., Crabtree, P., Priddle, J. and Sherratt, F. (2015) Assessment feedback to enhance student development as effective construction industry practitioners, In Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Oswald, D., Smith, S. and Sherratt, F. (2015) Doing the ‘Funky Chicken’ to communicate on multinational projects, In Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Challender, J., Farrell, P. and Sherratt, F. (2015) Exploration of factors which affect trust within the context of construction partnering, In Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Charles, S.P.R., Wanigarathna, N. and Sherratt, F. (2015) Construction project change: Investigating cost and benefits, In Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Sherratt, F. and McAleen, P., 2015. Safety Culture and Leadership. In: McAleen, C. and Oloke, D. (Eds.). ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction, 2nd Edition. Institution of Civil Engineers. ISBN: 9780727760104.

Sherratt, F. with Farrell, P., 2015. Introduction to Construction Management. Abingdon: Routledge.

Sherratt, F., 2015. Legitimising Public Health Control on Sites? A critical discourse analysis of the Responsibility Deal Construction Pledge. Construction Management and Economics, DOI 10.1080/01446193.2015.1013045.

Wilkinson, R., Sherratt, F. and Farrell, P., 2015. Knowledge Management on Site: A Case Study Project, Proceedings of the ICE: Management, Procurement and Law, forthcoming.

Sherratt, F., Crapper, M., Foster-Smith, L. and Walsh, S., 2015. Safety and Volunteer Construction Workers. Construction Management and Economics, DOI 10.1080/01446193.2015.1024269.

Smith, S. and Sherratt, F. (Eds.), 2015. Proceedings of the ARCOM Doctoral Workshop Health Safety and Wellbeing, 11 February 2015, University of Edinburgh.

Oswald, D., Sherratt, F. and Smith, S., 2014. Handling the Hawthorne Effect: the challenges surrounding a participant observer. Review of Social Studies, 1(1), pp.53-73.

Sherratt, F., 2014. Exploring 'Zero Target' safety programmes in the UK construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 32(7-8), pp.737-748.

Sherratt, F., Farrell, P. and Noble, R., 2013. Construction Site Safety: Discourses of Enforcement and Engagement. Construction Management and Economics, 31(6), pp.623-635.

Recent presentations and conferences

Sherratt, F., 2014. Unpacking health and corporate citizenship in the built environment: a critical work in progress. Presentation as part of the Research in the Built Environment Lecture Series, University of Reading, 23 October 2014 (invited).

Sherratt, F, 2014. We will force you to be well: Positive liberty, power and the health and wellbeing of construction workers. In: Raiden, A. and Aboagye-Nimo, E. (Eds.). Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.341-50.

Oswald, D., Smith, S. and Sherratt, F., 2014. A Spanish subcontractor in a UK culture. In: Raiden, A. and Aboagye-Nimo, E. (Eds.). Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.259-68.

Challender, J., Farrell, P. and Sherratt, F., 2014. Partnering practices: an investigation of influences on project success. In: Raiden, A. and Aboagye-Nimo, E. (Eds.). Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.1039-48.

Foster-Smith, L., Walsh, S., Crapper, M. and Sherratt, F., 2014. Safety and volunteer construction workers. In: Raiden, A. and Aboagye-Nimo, E. (Eds.). Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.301-10.

Oswald, D., Sherratt, F. and Smith, S., 2014. Thought consistency questionnaires in safety climate surveys - a case study example. In: Aulin, R. and Ek, A. (Eds.). Procs CIB W099 International Conference Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, 2-3 June 2014, Lund University, Sweden, CIB, pp.328-338, ISBN: 978-91-7623-005-3.

Oswald, D., Sherratt, F. and Smith, S., 2014. Risk perception and safety behaviour: an ethnographic study. In: Aulin, R. and Ek, A. (Eds.). Procs CIB W099 International Conference Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, 2-3 June 2014, Lund University, Sweden, CIB, pp.2-12, ISBN: 978-91-7623-005-3.

Sherratt, F., 2014. Exploring the utility of construction industry safety culture. In: Aulin, R. and Ek, A. (Eds.). Procs CIB W099 International Conference Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, 2-3 June 2014, Lund University, Sweden, CIB, pp.246-256, ISBN: 978-91-7623-005-3.

Sherratt, F., 2013. Et in Arcadia ego? Zero target safety programmes in the UK Construction Industry. In: Smith, S.D. and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D.D. (Eds.). Procs 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.299-308.

Oswald, D., Sherratt, F. and Smith, S.D., 2013. Exploring factors affecting unsafe behaviours in construction. In: Smith, S.D. and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D.D. (Eds.). Procs 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.335-344.

Challender, J., Farrell, P. and Sherratt, F., 2013. Collaborative procurement: an exploration of practice and trust in times of austerity. In: Smith, S.D. and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D.D. (Eds.). Procs 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.299-308.

Sherratt, F., Whittleston, G. and Farrell, P., 2013. Delivering health and safety learning in Civil Engineering through PBL: An engaging approach? Higher Education Academy STEM Conference 2013, 17-18 April, Birmingham University.

Sherratt, F., 2013. Are you going to put some statistics in there? The challenges of being a qualitative researcher in a quantitative world, and how to politely say no! University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference 2013, 18-19 June, Holiday Inn, Bolton.

Sherratt, F., 2013. BIM and Safety. Presentation to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), University of Bolton, 7 February 2013 (invited).

Sherratt, F., Farrell, P. and Noble, R., 2012. Inconsistent, Incomplete and Incidental: Site Safety Culture from a Constructionist Perspective. In: Smith, S.D (Ed.). Procs 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Edinburgh, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.393-402.

Patel, M., Sherratt, F. and Farrell, P. (2012) Exploring Human Error through the Safety Talk of Utilities Distribution Operatives. In: Smith, S.D (Ed.). Procs 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Edinburgh, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.403-412.

Sherratt, F., Farrell, P. and Noble, R., 2012. Constructing safety on sites: the social construction of Safety on Large UK Construction Sites. In: Teo Ai Lin, E. and Tjandra, I.K. (Eds.). Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference Modelling Building Health and Safety, 10-11 September, Singapore, ISBN: 978-981-07-1421-5.

Whittleston, G. and Sherratt, F., 2012. Development and Assessment of a VLE for Civil Engineers. International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education, 18-20 September 2012, Coventry University, UK.

Sherratt, F. and Farrell, P., 2011. Behavioural and Cultural Safety Programmes: Evaluation form the UK Site Perspective. CIB W099 Conference, 24-26 August, Washington, DC, USA, ISBN 978-0-615-76363-7.

Sherratt, F., Farrell, P. and Noble, R., 2011. A Constructionist Examination of Construction Site Culture: Review of a Pilot Study In: Egbu, C. (Ed.). 27th Annual ARCOM Conference, Bristol, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp.341-350, ISBN 978-0-9552390-5-2.