The team

Our team is made up of a number of highly experienced professionals with a broad range of skills, dedicated to making any system or space safer for everyone

Dr Paul Holborn – Senior Research Fellow

Over his 20 year career Paul has worked for both industry and governments. His specialisms include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling, sprinkler/mist fire & explosion suppression systems and the statistical analysis of data collected through fire investigation. His expertise has been successfully applied to a large number of externally funded research contracts awarded to the EFRG over the last 20 years, including work for Brandforsk (the Swedish fire research board), Building Research Establishment (FRS), DETR, the London Fire Brigade and Sellafield Ltd.

Most recently he and Prof. David Mba have been awarded a grant of €150,000 to investigate new technology in the field of aircraft cargo fire suppression as part of the EU Horizon2020 Clean sky project in conjunction with partners Cranfield UniversityMälardalen University College and SP Boras.

Dr James Ingram – Senior Research Fellow

Jim has been involved in research, development of guidance/standards and provision of expert advice to industry for 25 years. His expertise lies in the assessment, control and mitigation of explosion & fire hazards in fuel/air systems. He has extensive experience relating to the management of hydrogen hazards, particularly those associated with nuclear chemical plants and decommissioning.

Across his career he has conducted research for a variety of industry and government groups including Shell marine products, the Health & Safety Executive and the Ministry of Defence. His other research interests include ignition control, electrostatic ignition hazards and he is currently investigating ignition of hydrogen/air mixtures by mechanical impact. Other areas of specific expertise include oxygen systems, including writing the CGA/ EIGA guide to cleaning equipment for oxygen service with Dr Tony Averill, and residual/aviation fuels.

Dr Anthony Averill – Research Fellow

Tony is our resident metallurgist and statistician. He has over 25 papers published on electrochemistry, corrosion, electroplating and metal finishing, metal cleaning and ultrasonic methods, ignition probabilistic methods in solving complex equations and the use of Bayesian belief networks. He has supervised 5 PhDs.

Dr Paul Battersby – Research Fellow

As a chemical engineer Paul specialises in thermal explosions and use of reaction calorimetry in the assessment of runaway reactions. He is highly skilled in the use of high-speed filming, Laser-diffraction particle sizing, and laser-Doppler velocimetry.

Dr Claire M Benson – Research Fellow

Claire is an expert in forensic fire investigation methodology, oxygen system fires, and catastrophic failure analysis using forensic, heat transfer and thermodynamic principles. Other areas of expertise include droplet characterisation and industrial fog generation.

Dr Vicky Hilborne – Research Associate

Vicky has over 20 years' experience as an analytical chemist tracing air and water borne contaminants for government research and industry. Her expertise includes sensor development for pollutant measurement in dynamic environments such as ventilated indoor air and validation of Bayesian predictive models.

Tara Singh Ghatauray

Tara's background is in environmental science, energy & sustainable building design. He is currently doing a PhD on passive hydrogen venting from nuclear facilities and fuel cell enclosures, primarily using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) (Ansys, SolidWorks, Star CCM, Fluidity) to model buoyant gases.

Roxana O'Hara

Having completed a MChem Roxana started her industrial CASE PhD with us in September 2014. Her main focus is on developing hydrogen reactive coatings for the passive detection of hydrogen within nuclear plants to help maintain resilience to hydrogen hazards under normal and extreme event conditions.

Guilliermo Fernandez-Cerezo

Guillermo is the newest member of the team, joining in late 2015 as a PhD student working on aircraft fire suppression as part of the European Union Horizon 2020 Clean Sky project.

Founding Professor Philip Nolan

With over 40 years in the chemical safety industry Prof. Nolan was a world expert on dangerous materials and the hazards they pose. Over the course of his career he was, amongst others, part of the Health and Safety commission Advisory Committee on Dangerous Substances, on the BSi ACE Aerospace Committee, the independent member of Sellafield Ltd's Hydrogen Working Party. He was adviser to numerous UK Government departments including the National Audit Office and performed & oversaw research for the Health & Safety Executive, MOD and many other government and industrial groups.

His international work included FIRES, the E.C. project on runaway reactions, research for Bradforsk (Sweden) on active fire protection systems, and being Editor of Elsevier International Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries for 22 years. He was an external examiner for the University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, and Cranfield / Royal Military College and he has examined over 40 PhDs at Universities around the world. He successfully supervised around 100 PhDs at LSBU.

Phil sadly passed away in 2014.

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