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Chris Botham

Principal Associate
Investigator Chris Botham

Chris began his engineering career in 1978 as an apprentice welding and fabrication engineer at National Oilwell, working on projects for the oil and chemical industries. After completing his apprenticeship Chris began work as a welding and fabrication engineer at Fairey Engineering in Manchester, where he worked on projects for the Nuclear Industry and the Ministry of Defence. In the mid 1980s Chris worked for Cunnington & Cooper as a Design Engineer after gaining a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

After completing a lecturer’s qualification and Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chris became a lecturer in Engineering subjects at Stockport College of Technology. Chris completed his Masters Degree in 1996 and began work as a Senior Structural Analyst at the National Nuclear Corporation on projects for the Nuclear Industry and the Ministry of Defence involving finite element analysis and engineering design.

Chris brought his wealth of experience to Hawkins in 1999 where he trained in Forensic Engineering and now predominantly investigates incidents and failures involving machinery, product design and manufacture, and personal injury. Chris also carries out investigations into the causes of floods, failures of civil engineering structures and composite materials. These investigations have ranged from small domestic incidents to multi-million pound losses in shops, warehouses, factories and Blue Chip companies including aerospace and heavy goods vehicles.

Chris is experienced in the legal process and has given evidence in the capacity of an expert witness in Magistrates, County and Crown Courts. 


Eur Ing European Engineer
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering – University of Manchester
MSc Stress Analysis, finite element analysis and glass reinforced plastic
CEng Chartered Engineer
FIMechE Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
FIMA Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Cert Ed A lecturer’s qualification

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