Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BEng Materials Engineering - Leeds University
PhD Composite Materials - Leeds University
MIMMM Member of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals
CEng Chartered Engineer


Ian joined Burgoynes in 1998 and became a Partner in 2007. He has considerable experience in investigating land-based, shipping and offshore incidents and has investigated over 850 incidents relating to metallurgy, corrosion, materials engineering and general engineering. Ian has considerable experience in the failures of metals/alloys, polymers/elastomers, coatings and ceramics/refractories. He has travelled extensively to destinations including Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, South America, India, South Africa and North Africa.

Land-based investigations have included plant and machinery failures in numerous industries including manufacturing, power generation (boilers and turbines), construction, transport, petro-chemical and refrigeration. His investigations have included incidents arising from collapse, fracture, corrosion/degradation, over-pressurisation and impact.

Shipping and offshore investigations have included crane collapses, wire rope fractures, bearing damage, rudder failures, anchor and mooring line failures, engine component fractures and coating and corrosion damage. He has attended VLCCs, chemical tankers and bulk carriers both at sea and in dry dock.

Ian is familiar with the Civil Procedure Rules and has often given expert evidence in court including the High Court, the Coroners’ Court and Technology and Construction Court. He has attended and contributed to mediations, arbitration tribunals and provided expert testimony in the USA.