Job Title : Consultant
Services : N/A
Location : Cambridge
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +44 1223 420 400
BSc (Hons) Physics - Queen Mary College, London
PhD Physics of semiconductors - University of Essex
MA University of Cambridge
CEng Chartered Engineer
MInstP, CPhys Member of Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist
MIFireE Member of Institution of Fire Engineers
Roy started his career in 1968 as Senior Physicist at Cambridge Consultants Limited and then in 1970 co-founded the P A Technology and Science Centre. His work included new product innovation and consultancy on company development.
In 1973 Roy was appointed Assistant Director in Industrial Co-operation in the University of Cambridge, helping to move research ideas and skills from the University into the commercial marketplace. The work involved numerous consultancy and research projects, one of which examined the scientific facilities available in the United Kingdom to Fire Brigades and the methods whereby fire officers determined supposed causes of fires.
To advise on this Roy had to find out how fire cause investigation was carried out and how it could be done better. This proved to be much more fun than what he was employed to do, and it was also clear that there was a commercial opportunity since only one major company was providing services to the Insurance and Legal sectors.
In 1976 Roy left the University to work as a private consultant, developing his fire investigation experience and techniques, and becoming involved in other incident investigations while also carrying on general consultancy work that included planning computer-controlled logistics and warehousing facilities for a major group of companies and the development and application of various computer software packages.
As the investigation work developed the next move was to recruit good people and to set up a formal company structure, and in 1980 Roy set up R B Hawkins & Associates Limited to provide consulting scientist/engineering services particularly for the Insurance and Legal professions.
Investigations carried out by Roy have included: