Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BSc Mechanical Engineering – University of Manchester
MBA Master of Business Administration – University of Bradford
MIMechE Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers
CEng Chartered Engineer


After completing the IMI Graduate Training programme, Karl worked in the design and project management of special purpose machinery for IMI Yorkshire Fittings. He then became responsible for the Machine Tool Business Unit and was involved in the electrical and control aspects of the equipment, programming the PLC control systems for a number of machines. He has also worked as Engineering Manager for a seals distributor, designing the concept and prototype for the centreline multidimensional suspension system at the heart of the FTL Varipig®. The system enabled a client’s subsea pipeline de-watering pig to travel an unprecedented 700km and was subsequently patented. Before joining Burgoynes, Karl returned to Yorkshire Fittings as a Technical Manager and was responsible for new product development, patent application and administration, complaints handling, the investigation of fitting failures, and the development of European plumbing fitting standards.

Since joining Burgoynes in 2009, Karl has investigated mechanical engineering failures and, in particular, incidents involving the escape of water from various taps and fittings. As a former designer and builder of special purpose machines, he has investigated machinery failures and personal injuries involving equipment and processes.

Karl is actively involved in the BSI and CEN committees responsible for the development of the EN1254 series of copper and copper alloy plumbing fitting standards.