Dr Roy Hawkins

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Job Title : Consultant
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Location : Cambridge
Email : [email protected]
Telephone: +44 1223 420 400


BSc (Hons)   Physics - Queen Mary College, London

PhD   Infrared Techniques in Studying Semiconductors, University of Essex

MA   University of Cambridge

CEng   Chartered Engineer

MInstP, CPhys   Member of Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist

MIFireE   Member of Institution of Fire Engineers

Roy started his career in 1968 as Senior Physicist at Cambridge Consultants Limited and then in 1970 co-founded the P A Technology and Science Centre. His work included new product innovation and consultancy on company development.

In 1973 Roy was appointed Assistant Director in Industrial Co-operation in the University of Cambridge, helping to move research ideas and skills from the University into the commercial marketplace. The work involved numerous consultancy and research projects, one of which examined the scientific facilities available in the United Kingdom to Fire Brigades and the methods whereby fire officers determined supposed causes of fires.

To advise on this Roy had to find out how fire cause investigation was carried out and how it could be done better. This proved to be much more fun than what he was employed to do, and it was also clear that there was a commercial opportunity since only one major company was providing services to the Insurance and Legal sectors.

In 1976 Roy left the University to work as a private consultant, developing his fire investigation experience and techniques, and becoming involved in other incident investigations while also carrying on general consultancy work that included planning computer-controlled logistics and warehousing facilities for a major group of companies and the development and application of various computer software packages.

As the investigation work developed the next move was to recruit good people and to set up a formal company structure, and in 1980 Roy set up R B Hawkins & Associates Limited to provide consulting scientist/engineering services particularly for the Insurance and Legal professions.

Investigations carried out by Roy have included:

  • Fires or explosions in a range of premises such as chemical plant and refineries, power stations, factories and offices, warehouses and cold stores, cinemas, restaurants, pubs and clubs, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as in private dwellings

  • Engineering failures and personal injury ranging from refinery and smelter malfunctions to supermarket 'slips and trips'

  • Railway-related problems including derailments, level crossing incidents, rail worker fatalities and platform accidents.
  • In 2000 Roy stepped down from the post of Managing Director to become a Consultant with the company. By this time the company had grown to work from 4 offices and employed some 20 consultants. 

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