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Luke Collins

Principal Associate
Investigator Luke Collins

Following his Masters in Aerospace Engineering, Luke worked as a Dynamic Test Technician for Ipeco Holdings Ltd, a leading manufacturer of civil and military aircraft seating.

In 2009, Luke joined Hannaford Forensic Services Ltd (Hannafords), specialising in the forensic investigation of vehicle fires. During his time at Hannafords, he undertook over 150 investigations, which included road vehicles from all classifications, as well as a large number of off-road plant equipment. To assist with the investigations, Luke successfully completed a VOSA Public Service Vehicle Inspection Procedures and Standards course. On several occasions, he prepared expert witness reports for use in civil litigation and has presented in court in Southampton.

In 2011, Hannafords extended into Asia opening a Hong Kong office (HFS-Asia). Luke undertook marine fire investigations, including engine room fires and cargo hold fires. During this time, Luke obtained a Diploma in Marine Investigation from Lloyds Maritime Academy.

In 2014, Luke joined Hawkins’ office in Reigate, Surrey. He has expanded his expertise into the field of fire and explosion investigation of domestic and commercial properties, factories and process plants, whilst continuing vehicle and marine fire investigation work. In 2014, Luke completed John DeHaan Theoretical and Practical Fire Investigation courses at Gardiner Associates Training and Research. In 2015, he completed the Fire Science and Fire Investigation course at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, Luke has undertaken over 450 land-based fire investigations. These cases have included small scale incidents to multi-million pound losses. Luke has given presentations and lectures to insurers, lawyers and loss adjusters.

In 2019, Luke completed the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement course.

With his previous experience, Luke is also a member of Hawkins’ International and Shipping Incidents team. Since joining, he has investigated shipping fire and explosions on behalf of P&I Clubs and cargo interests globally. He is currently based in the Bristol Office, where he is a Principal Associate and Regional Manager.


MEng Aerospace Engineering
Diploma Marine Investigation from Lloyds Maritime Academy

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