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Mike Harrison BSc(Eng) ACGI MNI

Senior Sector Specialist

  • 35+ years of construction, manufacturing and marine engineering experience.
  • Studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.
  • Built his own eco home on the Severn Estuary.

Expertise & specialisms

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Project management
  • Port and shipping sectors

Mike is an expert in structural and mechanical engineering with more than 35 years of industry experience. Part of our sector specialist team, his knowledge helps to ensure we deliver technically robust R&D tax credit claims.

For Mike, it all started at Imperial College where he studied Mechanical Engineering with a special focus on structures and polymers.

He then spent much of his career working in ports, harbours and offshore, building a niche specialism in the ship-to-shore interfaces. His career has spanned the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe.

Mike has a wealth of experience with materials and structures in some of the harshest environments. This has given him a clear understanding of how their nuances are explored during critical problem-solving phases of the R&D process – something which our clients value highly.

He has worked on many high-profile projects, including the CaTRo project in Kazakhstan for Chevron. This involved designing some of the facilities for the precision navigation of large barges along a purpose-built 80km canal in the Caspian Sea.

He has co-founded his own successful engineering company which was later acquired by Swedish industrial giant Trelleborg. After various engineering roles over the next decade, Mike became an independent consultant providing forensic engineering expert witness services to the port and shipping sectors. He joined the ForrestBrown team in 2019.

Mike is ForrestBrown’s renewables specialist and works with our industry partners in the energy sector to bring the value of R&D tax relief to their members. Whether it’s in writing blog articles (such as for Maritime Journal and Construction Industry News) or hosting webinars, Mike’s passion for R&D in this sector shines through when helping businesses gain more value from their innovative work.

Mike’s passion for R&D extends outside of his professional career too. Never afraid of an ambitious task, he project managed the building of his own eco home on the Severn Estuary. Over the course of a year, this immersed him in another sphere of R&D, allowing him to acquire further invaluable knowledge which he also brings to his role at ForrestBrown.

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