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Paul Mason

Senior Associate

Before joining Hawkins, Paul gained more than 25 years of operational experience in the refinery and petrochemical industry, with roles ranging from plant engineer to operational management. His career started with the process consultancy, KBC Advanced Technology where he was involved in refinery improvement studies and optimisation programmes using computer simulations.

Paul spent seven years with BP Chemicals in Grangemouth, Scotland, where he held various positions including production engineer for one of the large ethylene crackers on the site and works shift manager for the entire chemicals complex. During his time in Scotland, he investigated a number of process incidents, frequently using his findings to design plant improvements. Within the shift manager role, he was incident commander, which providing valuable experience in managing a number of major process plant incidents and first hand experience of how they can rapidly develop.

In 2002, Paul moved to BP/Castrol to take up the role of UK Manufacturing Manager and was the leading authority for control of work across the BP Lubricants sites in Europe. In 2009 he joined Shell at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex where he held a number of senior leadership roles and continued his work on process incident investigation. In 2012 Paul started a short tenure as plant manager for a private waste lubricating oil re-refinery.

Paul joined Hawkins in 2014 and now works as a Fire & Explosions investigator. During his time at Hawkins, Paul has investigated more than 400 incidents, ranging from small domestic fires to large industrial explosions, both in the UK/Europe and in the Middle East. He is a Senior Associate based at our Manchester Office.


MEng Chemical Engineering – University of Nottingham 1988
FIChemE Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers
CEng Chartered Engineer

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