PhD University of Nottingham, 2008
MSci (Hons) Chemistry - University of Nottingham, 2004
MRSC Member of Royal Society of Chemistry
AIFireE Associate of the Institution of Fire Engineers
IAAI Member of the International Association of Arson Investigators
CSci Chartered Scientist
Having obtained a masters degree in Chemistry, Simon went on to study for his Doctorate at the University of Nottingham. During this time he was involved in the research and development of solid state lithium-ion batteries and engaged in research into the microwave manufacture of transition metal carbides. This involved the engineering of microwave reactors as well as the mechanistic study, characterisation and mechanical testing of various carbide products.
Simon was instrumental in the successful development of rapid, high grade batch processing of a number of carbide products for a variety of uses. During his time he built up a number of academic and industrial contacts as well as becoming experienced in a number of analytical techniques.
In 2008 Simon joined Hawkins, specialising as a fire investigator, and has since investigated hundreds of fires ranging from small domestic fires to large multi-million pound losses. He has a good understanding of both current and past IEEE wiring regulations, fire safety documents and the building regulations. He has also commented on fire spread issues, particularly in relation to restaurant duct fires, timber frame buildings and roof fires.
Simon is experienced in the legal process and has given evidence in the capacity of an expert witness in Crown Court.
Simon is currently a Principal Associate based in our Reigate office.