Hawkins expands its team of experts

Over the summer we welcomed seven experts into our growing team. Of the recent expansion, Managing Director Andrew Moncrieff said, “We have just completed our most ambitious ever round of recruitment and now have the resources we need to continue our growth both in terms of the number of instructions we handle and also the range of types. We have added a hydrologist to our team in the form of Richard Keightley and can now deal with all aspects of drainage, groundwater movement and water supply. We will soon be announcing a further exciting addition to our range of expertise”.

Each of our new recruits is introduced below, but you can find out more about them and our other investigators on our  Meet the Experts page.

James Kingham, a mechanical engineer, has joined our Birmingham office. James graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has held a number of engineering positions in companies including Honeywell Aerospace and Xylem Flow Control. James is a Chartered Engineer and as such is a full member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Also new to our Birmingham office is metallurgist Lin Sun. Lin joins us from GE Power UK, where he led a number of research and development projects to develop materials and manufacturing solutions for thermal power generation products. Lin has a PhD in Physical Metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, and worked as a Research Associate for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University prior to his role at GE Power UK.

Tom Peat, a mechanical engineer based in our Glasgow office, joins Hawkins from Jaguar Land Rover, where he worked as a Supplier Quality Engineer. His role included the review of suppliers’ manufacturing facilities to ensure that correct process controls were in place to maintain quality of parts and protect delivery schedules. Tom gained his MEng in Aero-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2013.

Also joining our team of mechanical engineers is Jacob Dobson, who is based in our Bristol office. After completing his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, Jacob joined BP as a research engineer, where he worked on a number of projects involving non-destructive detection of defective or corroded equipment. Jacob was later awarded an Engineering Doctorate for his work in this area.

Our team in Manchester is joined by Richard Giles-Carlsson, a Civil Engineer. Richard graduated from Imperial College in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. On graduation Richard joined Laing O’Rourke as a Site Engineer, where he supervised the upgrade of Bond Street Station in London. Richard later worked as a Section Engineer at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment. Richard's experience includes underpinning, mini piling, precast concrete installation, temporary works installation and inspection and waterproofing to concrete structures.

Richard Keightley, a hydrologist who has previously worked for Capita Property and Infrastructure’s Water and Environment Team in the UK, and Wellington Water in New Zealand, has joined our London office. Richard specialises in hydrological/hydraulic modelling, flood mitigation design, flood risk assessment and transport impact assessment, and has carried out a number of projects to support local development plans and planning applications.

Our Cambridge office has welcomed Adam Spikings-Thornton, an electrical engineer. Adam was sponsored by Rolls-Royce through the ‘Arkwright’ engineering scholarship scheme, which led to enrolment reading Engineering at the University of Cambridge, specialising in semiconductor design and power electronics. Since graduating, Adam has held positions with Intelligent Energy and GE Energy Power Conversion, where he was involved in both civil and military projects as a design engineer. 

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