Andy's first taste of work was, like most people, bar and other casual work whilst a student. His introduction to industry was through a year long placement working at an oil refinery.  After completing his Chemical Engineering degree, he worked as a University Research Associate whilst studying for his PhD.

On completion of his PhD, Andy worked for two consultancy companies.  He then chose to go self-employed, first as a Sole Trader, creating AB Risks Limited in 2008

2009 - present

Having developed a track record working as a sole trader and demonstrated a viable consultancy business Andy started trading as AB Risk Limited at the beginning of 2009.

Although he does not see this change of trading status making a great difference to how he works, Andy hopes that clients will be reassured that he really means business.

2005 - 2009

In January 2005 Andy realised that he enjoyed the technical aspects of consultancy, but sometimes felt frustrated by the constraints placed on him when working for a consultancy company.  He decided to leave paid employment and try his luck as a self-employed consultant.

This proved to be a successful move.  He was fortunate in the early months to be able to continue support existing clients by working as an associate consultant with his previous employer.  Over time he was able to generate significant amounts of new business, working either directly with them or as an associate with a number of consultancy companies.

Being self-employed has given Andy the freedom to address the specific needs of his clients in a flexible and effective manner. Also, he is able to keep his knowledge up to date, researching new issues and developments as they emerge.

2002 - 2005

Andy worked within the risk and safety group at Entec .  He was responsible for project delivery and management, product and business development and staff management.  Whilst working for Entec Andy was heavily involved in providing human factors consultancy, particularly through applying the HSE/Entec 'Staffing Assessment Methodology.'  However, he was also involved in a wide range of projects that called on his engineering background and industrial knowledge rather than purely human factors.

Whilst working for Entec Andy's clients included ExxonMobil, Centrica, Petrofac, Kemira, Akzo Nobel, Lucite, Northumbrian Water, Tractebel, Huntsman, ConocoPhilips, Greater Manchester Waste Authority, National Health Service, Energy Institute and Health and Safety Executive

1996 - 2003

Human Reliability Associates (HRA) is a small consultancy based in the North West of England.   Whilst working there Andy's main responsibility was for a major project at Shell's Stanlow refinery and petrochemical complex. This involved the implementation of a fundamental change to the way operating procedures were developed through high levels of workforce involvement and task analysis, and backed up by rigorous training and competence programmes. The project has been credited with major improvements to the site's safety and profitability. Andy was also involved in assisting Shell in rewriting site safety rules and the permit to work system.

Also, whilst working with HRA, Andy's other clients included the Health and Safety Executive, Esso/Exxon, Transco, Croda and Acordis

1987 - 1988

As part of his Chemical Engineering degree, Andy spent 13 months working at Amoco's Milford Haven Refinery. His duties were as expected for a junior engineer, including routine monitoring and reporting, and some minor project work.  During this time he completed his degree thesis related to catalytic cracking units, using a great deal of information and expertise from the site.

1992 - 1996

Andy was employed by the Chemical Engineering Department of Edinburgh University to research human factors and safety in the process industry. This was whilst he was studying for his PhD. He established and maintained links with industry to ensure his research was realistic and practical, in additiona to attending numerous courses and conferences.  He had a number papers published on subjects including human factors, safety and accident reporting.

Having an engineering background combined with extensive human factors  experience gives Andy a fairly unusual level of expertise.  He has a very good understanding of the risks faced by companies and is able to provide very practical and effective solutions to their problems.

Andy's human factors expertise includes

  • Risk assessment
  • Task analysis
  • Error prediction
  • Control-room evaluation
  • Staffing levels
  • Supervision & teamwork
  • Communication
  • Safety culture
  • Management of change
  • Procedures
  • Training and competence