After graduating from the University of York in 2002, Ed worked at analytical laboratories in Yorkshire and London, specialising in the field of analytical chemistry. He then moved to Pfizer in Kent, as an analytical research scientist within the pharmaceutical research and development group. During his nine years at Pfizer, Ed specialised in analytical method development and trace analysis. A wide range of analytical techniques were used, with a particular focus on gas chromatography and liquid chromatography, both coupled with mass spectrometry detection. Some of this work was published in scientific literature and presented at conferences.
Ed spent eight years working as an Associate at Dr JH Burgoyne and Partners before joining Hawkins as a Senior Associate in 2021. He has now conducted more than 750 forensic investigations. Those investigations have included fires, explosions, electrical incidents, chemical reactions and escapes of water in domestic, industrial and marine environments. He regularly travels overseas to conduct investigations. Several of his high-profile cases have involved material losses of more than £10m, with some exceeding £100m. The marine vessel incidents have involved both engine room and cargo fires, including the MSC Flaminia, for which he gave evidence at Deposition and in the Southern District Court of New York, the TAC Imola, as well as fires onboard large yachts.