Mike joined ForrestBrown in late 2019 and is a structural and mechanical engineering specialist. With over 35 years’ industry experience he brings a wealth of expertise to share with our tax advisers and clients. This aids our preparation of technically robust R&D tax credit claims.
Having spent much of his career working in ports, harbours and offshore, Mike’s niche specialism is the “ship-to-shore” interface. His work has taken him from the Middle East to Asia, North America and Europe. This international experience has immersed him in diverse working cultures and embedded an understanding of best practices in many sectors.
During Mike’s inshore, offshore and dry land career, he has developed a wealth of experience with materials and structures in some of the harshest environments. He understands how their nuances are explored during critical problem-solving phases of the R&D process. He has worked on many high-profile projects globally including the CaTRo project in Kazakhstan for Chevron (which involved designing some of the facilities for the precision navigation of large barges along a purpose-built 80km canal in the Caspian Sea), to facilities used by the latest and largest cruise ships and container vessels.
For Mike, it all started at Imperial College where he graduated in mechanical engineering with a special focus on structures and polymers. He has co‑founded his own successful engineering company which was later acquired by Swedish industrial giant Trelleborg. After successful roles over the next decade, Mike became an independent consultant providing forensic engineering expert witness services to the port and shipping sectors.
Aside from his professional career, Mike also project-managed the building of his own eco home on the Severn Estuary. Over the course of a year, this immersed Mike in another sphere of R&D, allowing him to acquire further invaluable knowledge which he also brings to his role at ForrestBrown.