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Ian Tatner

Principal Associate
Investigator Dr Ian Tatner

Having completed his PhD looking into the corrosion fatigue of stainless steel turbine blade materials, Ian’s career began working in the offshore oil and gas pipeline installation industry. Initially he worked on the construction of a pipeline installation barge in Turkey, before working offshore as a Barge Engineer during the installation of a pipeline in the Black Sea. Ian then spent a year working in Houston Texas on other offshore pipeline installation projects.

In 2006 Ian moved to London where he worked as a Pipeline Installation Analysis Engineer. While in London Ian was involved in many interesting and innovative projects. He spent time offshore carrying out analysis during pipeline installation and dredging operations in the North Sea. He was also seconded to Baku in Azerbaijan to conduct pipeline installation analysis.

Ian joined Hawkins in early 2009, where he trained in the investigation of fires and explosions to add to his engineering experience. Since then he has worked on a broad spread of forensic investigations. These have ranged from fires in domestic properties, restaurants and vehicles to explosions in factories.

Since 2014 Ian has been investigating pedestrian fall incidents. These include slips and trips on level surfaces and stair falls. He has attended courses concerning the investigation of pedestrian slips and trips and stair falls at the Health & Safety Executive’s Laboratory. Ian is also an A2 Certificate of Competence (A2CofC) certified drone pilot and can assist clients with aerial surveys on cases relating to fires and personal injuries. The use of drones in an investigation can be particularly beneficial to inspect dangerous or hard to reach areas.

Ian is a Principal Associate based in our Leeds office.


BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Engineering and Design
PhD Corrosion Fatigue of Stainless Steel
CEng MIMechE Chartered Mechanical Engineer

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