Academic and Professional Qualifications:

MChem Chemistry - University of Oxford
DPhil Inorganic Chemistry - University of Oxford
CSci Chartered Scientist
MRSC Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
MIFireE Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers


After completing his doctorate in 2014, Jim joined Burgoynes as a consulting scientist specialising in the investigation of fires and explosions. He is currently based in the Dubai office, having previously worked for 5 years in the UK from the Kenilworth office.

Since joining Burgoynes, Jim has been responsible for investigating over 350 incidents that have occurred in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, marine, agricultural and residential settings. These have included fires and explosions in storage and logistics warehouses, factories and production lines, retail units and shopping centres, vehicle workshops, hotels and restaurants, domestic properties and on-board various marine vessels. During the course of his investigations, Jim has examined a wide range of electrical equipment and appliances, kitchen and cooking equipment, extraction and air handling systems, combustion and heating appliances, vehicles and an array of plant and machinery. He also has experience of incidents caused by hot work processes, materials susceptible to self-heating, smokers’ materials and deliberate acts.

Jim’s work has also required him to consider security aspects of premises where arson and burglaries have been alleged and he has also undertaken contamination assessments of fire-affected premises to determine the extent of smoke damage to the buildings and their contents.