Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BSc Physics – University of Nottingham
MRes Physics – University of Nottingham
PhD Nanoscience/Semiconductor Physics - University of Nottingham
MInstP Member of the Institute of Physics


After completing his undergraduate degree, Matthew spent 2 years working as a software design engineer in the telecommunications industry before returning to Nottingham to obtain his Master’s degree and PhD in Physics. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the semi-conductor and nanoscience group at the University of Nottingham. His research focused on the development of new microscopy techniques to study semi-conductor materials at the nanometre length scale. Results of this work were presented at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Matthew joined Burgoynes in 2009 and has investigated over 400 fires and explosions within domestic and industrial premises. These include a gas explosion involving an escape of portable gas as well as fires involving domestic appliances, electrical supply and distribution equipment, agricultural machinery, heat producing appliances, and materials susceptible to self-heating.

Matthew has prepared reports for loss adjusters, insurers and solicitors in anticipation of civil and criminal litigation. He has prepared written evidence in accordance with part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules and has presented expert evidence in High Court in the UK.