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Nick Wright

Principal Associate
Investigator Dr Nick Wright

Nick’s first job following graduation was for the Cookson Group at its research centre near Oxford, where he carried out materials development and testing work. Following this, Nick returned to the University of Birmingham where he gained a PhD developing polymer matrix composite engineering components.

Nick joined Cosworth Ltd in 1999 as a Materials Engineer, developing materials and processing technologies for Formula 1 Engine applications. This work included a large number of failure investigations on race and road vehicle components.

In 2006 Nick joined ERA Technology Ltd, working initially in the Gas Turbine group on failure investigations and remaining lifetime assessment. He became increasingly involved in failure investigations in a wide variety of applications including power generation, petrochemical process plants, electrical distribution, general industrial and road vehicles. This led to his appointment as head of the Forensic Engineering service line at ERA, where he led a team of engineers supporting loss adjusters, insurers, manufacturers and owners/operators.

Nick joined Hawkins in 2013, where he works as a Principal Associate based at our London office.


BEng (Hons) Materials Science – University of Birmingham
PhD Materials Science – University of Birmingham
CEng – Chartered Engineer
MIMMM – Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining

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