My path to risk consultancy started at school with A Levels in maths, chemistry and physics. I went to Loughborough University (including a year in industry working at an oil refinery) where I obtained a degree in chemical engineering (graduated 1990), followed by a PhD at Edinburgh University. The title of my thesis was ‘Sources of data for use in human factors studies in the process industry.’
I started working as a consultant in 1996. First for a small human factors consultancy and then for the risk and safety department of a larger company. In 2005 I decided to go it alone, first as a sole trader, moving on to form AB Risk Limited in 2008.
I believe my combination of academic learning and practical experience; engineering and human factors knowledge makes me particularly able to assess the risks my clients have to manage. They seem to find my recommendations helpful and effective. Also, I seem particularly able at engaging with the workers at the 'sharp end' and facilitating multi-discipline workshops.
I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (MCIEHF) and Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AIChemE). I am a member of the editorial panel for the Loss Prevention Bulletin and regularly review papers for the annual Ergonomics and Human Factors conference.
I have a very long list of past clients that include Shell, BP, Centrica, Scottish and Southern Energy, Flogas, Millennium Chemicals, Tata Steel, Corus, Ensus, Lucite, Ineos, Maersk, Petrofac, Siemens, Huntsman, Veolia, Pfizer, Dragon LNG, Novartis, ConocoPhilips, Dow Corning, Kemira, OMV, Qatar Gas, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Saudi Aramco.
Although most of my clients are based in the UK, I have worked across Europe and the Middle East. My projects have been deployed from the Arctic circle through to Australia.
Also, I have worked with contractors and consultancies including MMI Engineering, ESR Technology, Human Engineering (Lloyd’s Register), Risktech, Entec, Human Reliability, WS Atkins, Fluor, Costain, Jacobs Engineering, Monaco Engineering Solutions (MES), Tebodin, Worley Parsons, Al Hassan, Wilde Analysis, Larson and Toubro, Wilde Analysis.
I have completed offshore survival training including Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) and Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST). Both valid until 2020