Chartered Civil & Geotechnical Engineer
Philip has over 40 years experience as a geotechnical and civil engineer working in the United Kingdom , Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
He was formerly Head of Geotechnics at Highways England and authored or contributed to many of the documents and standards which now form geotechnical disputes, such as EC7, BS5930, SHW, DMRB, TRLPR60 etc.
Highly regarded by his peers, Philip has advised Government Ministers and Permanent Secretaries for appearance at National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee hearings on cost increases on highway construction contracts.
Independent Geotechnical Consultancy providing advice for Highways and Railways, Major Infrastructure, Industrial facilities, Expert Witness & Reservoir Inspection
2020-2021 Lead Civil Engineer
2019-2020 Director & Owner
2018 –2019 Lead Geotechnical
2017 –2018 Head of Geotechnics
2017 Final Reviewer and Approver
Chelmer Global Ltd
2017 Employers Representative
Crest Developments / Campbell Reith
2016 –2017 Director & Owner
2015 –2016 Associate Director (Geotechnical Engineering)
CAPITA SPECIAL PROJECTS
Management of Geotechnical & Geo-Environmental division for design of major UK rail projects including HS2, Power Projects for Gas and Electrical distribution facilities, Offshore & Onshore Wind Farms, Marine Projects for navy and nuclear waste. CRE for rail projects.
2014 –2015 Head of Structures & Geotechnical Engineering
BALFOUR BEATTY RAIL Ltd
Management and Technical Oversight of Structural and Geotechnical Engineers for design of structures and foundations for Overhead Line Electrification (OLE) structures for major UK rail projects.
2013 –2014 Head of Geotechnical Engineering
DEEPOCEAN UK Ltd
Technical, Commercial and Operational Geotechnical advice on offshore, marine pipe and cable trenching for major offshore oil and gas platforms, offshore wind farms, intercontinental communication and export power cables. Evaluation and back analysis of performance of offshore, deep water trenching assets including ROV Jetters , Tracked Trenchers & Jetters and Ploughs.
2012 –2013 Director & Owner
2009 –2012 Associate Director/Director of Geotechnics
Egniol Environmental Ltd
2008 –2009 Assistant Chief Engineer
2005 – 2008 Independent Consultant
Geotechnical & Geo-Environmental services for public and private sector clients.
2003 – 2005 Business Manager (Principal)
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)
Negotiating local and national targets with local authorities to improve service delivery
2002 – 2003 Team Leader (Policy)
Department for Transport (DfT)
Human Resource team implementing staff migration from central London to regional offices following machinery of government changes
1992 – 2002 Group Manager & Head of Geotechnics
Highways Agency, Directorate of Quality Services Civil Engineering
1985 – 1992 Team Leader (Principal Grade)
Dept of Environment / Property Services Agency
World Road Association (PIARC) Technical Committee TC12
CEN/BSI European Product Standard for Geotextiles
CEN/BSI Eurocode EC7 Geotechnics
BSI B526 Code of Practice for Site Investigation BS5930
BSI B526 Code of Practice for Laboratory Testing BS 2001
Chairman Technical Project Board (TPB) Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works MCHW1 500Series Drainage & 600 Series Earthworks
Chairman Technical Project Board (TPB) Design Manual for Roads and Bridges DMRB Vol4 (HD22 Geotechnical Certification, HA44 Earthworks, Advice Note for Maintenance of Highway Earthworks, Geotechnical Data Management System GDMS pilot etc.)
CIRIA Steering Group for evaluating Geotechnical R&D Proposals from Industry and Government. Invited member of CIRIA workshops to develop future strategic direction eg sustainability, Eurocodes etc
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) Key customer for TRL as Highways Agency commission £1M pa Geotechnical spend under customer held budgets (CHB). Customer policy approval of TRL R&D reports prior to placement in public domain
Chairman Highways Agency Geotechnics & Ground Engineering (GAGE) Group Manager reviewing monthly spend and business plan targets, £250k pa geotechnical call off contract for Geotechnical Certification HD22. Final approval and point of responsibility within HA for all geotechnical proposals and departures from standard on D&B, DBFO, PFI contracts
Selby Rail/Road Crash team member of working group to prepare proposals and costs to re-open line and highway in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
National Audit Office (NAO) Study into sources of cost increases on highway construction contracts. Preparation of briefing material for Permanent Secretary appearance before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing.
Institution of Civil Engineers Steering Group Volumes 1 to 4 Without Site Investigation Ground is a hazard
Institution of Civil Engineers Steering Group on Risk Management within Geotechnics
Institution of Civil Engineers Working Group Specification for Site Investigation, subsequently adopted in Highways Agency documentation in MCHW1
Institution of Chartered Surveyors Specification for Geodetic(Topographic) surveys, subsequently adopted in Highways Agency documentation.
International Conferences and Trade Exhibitions, Principal speaker for Highways Agency on Geotechnical matters including media appearances and public relations liaison, briefing for Ministers and senior HA officials.