2006 to date - Marine Metallurgical Consultants, Consultant Metallurgist / Director.

I formed my own metallurgical consultancy in May 2006, and I have continued to provide a service to the Litigation, P&I Clubs, underwriters and general marine fraternity with regard to metallurgical matters, casualty investigation, structural and machinery breakdowns, providing advisory and expert witness services, mainly in relation to steel products cargoes, but also with regard to other cargoes such as steel raw material cargoes and some project cargo damages and claims.

2002 to 2006 - Taylor Marine TR Little, Liverpool, UK, Consultant Metallurgist / Director.

Joined Taylor Marine TR Little (formerly Taylor Marine) at the beginning of 2002,as a Partner, Director and Consultant Metallurgist, to continue providing expert metallurgical consultancy services to marine and land based clients.

1997 to 2002 - Alfred H. Knight Consultancy, St Helens, UK, Group Metallurgist.

Principally employed as consultant metallurgist, carrying out mainly marine casualty / failure investigations. I also provided managerial, technical and consultancy support in respect of ferrous related cargo matters (mainly steel products), worldwide including mill surveys pre-shipment surveys, load port surveys, discharge surveys, claims, shortages, damages, rusting, substandard / incorrect grades.

1990 to 1997 - Ocean Fleets / Atlantic Engineering (MBO from Ocean Fleets), Senior Metallurgist / Laboratory Manager.

Senior and Consultant Metallurgist, responsible for carrying out metallurgical failure investigations for marine and land based companies. Conducted over 900 investigations in seven years, varying from small component failures to ship casualties. I also managed the test house covering a wide range of mechanical testing (weld evaluation) and NDT services.

1988 to 1990 - Italcable, Saudi Arabia, Materials engineer / Quality assurance

Italian consultancy company working in the Middle East and was responsible for troubleshooting / quality and specification compliance on plant / machinery, and products purchased as part of a multi-million pound long term project.

1970 to 1988 - BICC Pyrotenax Ltd, UK - Senior Metallurgist

Progressed to position of senior metallurgist, responsible for the day to day running of the metallurgical laboratory. The work scope was broad, providing metallurgical support to many activities ranging from raw material quality problems to customer complaints such as corrosion and mechanical plant and machinery failures.