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Gareth Dobinson

Principal Associate
Investigator Gareth Dobinson

Gareth started his career in engineering with an industrial placement during his third year at Loughborough University. The twelve months were spent working for Xerox as a Systems Engineer where he undertook a wide range of engineering work as well as developing a system to monitor paper control timings for a paper transport module. As part of his placement he spent five months working in Venray, Netherlands, integrating new products into the manufacturing line. On completion of his placement he received a bursary from Xerox for the final two years of his degree. His final year project was sponsored by Xerox and investigated “The environmental effects on glass reinforced plastic”.

After completing his degree Gareth joined Xerox on their Graduate Engineering programme based in Welwyn Garden City. During his five years at Xerox, Gareth obtained a wealth of experiences in both the mechanical and software aspects of engineering. He started working in the Mechanical group where he was the lead engineer on a paper handling module.

This was followed up by two long term assignments to Senai, Malaysia and Wilsonville, USA. During his third year at Xerox Gareth undertook a conversion course in Software Engineering. The skills learnt on this course opened the door for Gareth to take on the role of Integration Engineer on a new Xerox product using prototype solid ink technology. During his last year at Xerox Gareth worked as a Project Engineer with responsibility for the implementation and integration of software and hardware for controllers of Xerox products manufactured in Southern Malaysia and Singapore. This role resulted in his second assignment to Senai, Malaysia.

During his time at Xerox Gareth gained Chartered status at the IMechE. He is also a Green Belt in Electro-mechanical and Software DfLSS and a qualified Scrum Master. In his last year at Xerox he was also awarded a place on Xerox’s Business Seminar Scheme.

Gareth joined Hawkins in 2011 and has since investigated fires in domestic and commercial premises as well as engineering failures.

Gareth is a Senior Associate and Regional Manager based in our London Office.


Gareth is proficient in English and Spanish.


MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering – Loughborough University
CEng Chartered Engineer – Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
DIS Diploma in Industrial Studies
MIMechE Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
FEABHAS Software Conversion Training
University of Edinburgh Fire Science and Fire Investigation Course

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