Key Consultants

At ESC we have over 30 world-class Safety Engineers and Consultants, including:

Ken G.L. Simpson, FIET, M.Phil, C.Eng.

A familiar name in Functional Safety, Ken is a recognised authority on reliability issues and has published many articles concerning high integrity systems. His impressive reputation has allowed inclusion on many professional institutions whose job it is to influence and set parameters relating to programmable electronic safety systems. Ken is currently a UK member of The IEC 61508 Committee (General Functional Safety Standard for Electrical Based Safety Systems), The IEC 61511 Committee (process industry sector specific of IEC 61508), a member of The IEC 61165 (Marcov) committee and a committee member of The IGAS E Programmable Safety System.

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EUR ING Simon J Burwood BEng (Hons.), MIET, FSaRS, RFSE CEng, FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland)

Simon has worked globally chairing and facilitating HAZOP and SIL Determination studies. He specialises in IEC61508/61511-compliance and reliability analysis for Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Manufacturing and other industries. Simon's most notable achievements include (but are certainly not limited too): becoming a Chevron-certified Safety Objective Analysis Facilitator (SIS-201 & SIS-202); achieving BP-approved status as a HAZOP and LOPA study facilitator; selection by the the IET as an Expert Tutor for the 2012-2014 IET Professional Development Course on Safety Critical Systems and development of ESC’s in-house software tool, ProSET®.

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Ron Bell, OBE, BSC, CENG, FIET, FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland)

One of the most influential figureheads in the field, Ron has been recognised for his work and was appointed an OBE, In 1998 he was appointed as one of the five UK members of the binational Channel Tunnel Safety Authority (CTSA) by the Health and Safety Commission which is a post he still holds. Ron went on to chair one of the two IEC working groups responsible for Editions 1 and 2 of IEC 61508 (the international standard dealing with safety critical systems) and is also a FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland).

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Dr. David J. Smith BSC, PHD, CENG, FIET, FCQI, HONSFSARS, MIGEM.

With over 40 years of direct experience concerning reliability, safety and software quality within the functional safety arena, David is a renowned contributor in the industry.

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Simon J Brown BSc (Hons.), CEng, FIET

Since 2005 Simon led HSE Offshore Division's electrical & control systems specialist inspection team covering all oil and gas installations across the UKCS. In 2015 he became head of HSE Offshore Division’s technical unit covering electrical & control systems, process integrity, fire/explosion/risk assessment, human factors and occupational health. During his time with HSE Simon served on a number of influential bodies. He was a member of the IEC working groups responsible for IEC 61508 and IEC 61511. He was a member of the Institution of Measurement & Control Safety Panel and the IET advisory group on Electromagnetic Compatibility.

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EUR ING David Green B.Eng. (Hons.) CEng, MIET, FInstMC, RFSE, FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland)

David has spent most of his career working in top tier COMAH manufacturing sites, maintaining the instrumentation systems on the organisation’s behalf including technical lead for Safety Lifecycle Management for five years at the UK’s second largest Refinery. David is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), registered European Engineer (EUR ING), Registered Functional-Safety Engineer (InstMC) and member of the Institute of Measurement and Control Safety Functional Safety Specialist Interest Group – Executive Committee, with more than 17 years’ experience in safety-related applications. He is a certified ‘Reliability and Functional Safety Engineer’ (Technis) and holds Shell certification (SIFProTM Facilitator) in Safety Instrumented Systems. David is a certified TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Expert and Trainer in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS – #277/17).

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Eur Ing Paulo Oliveira B.Eng (hons), MSc (ENG), CEng, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), MIET, MIAM

Paulo is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with more than 10 years’ experience in asset management and safety applications. Paulo was the Functional Safety Leader for a COMAH top tier site where he was accountable for the development and implementation of IEC61511 compliant systems, covering the whole lifecycle including competence and with links to broader Process Safety areas like process hazard analysis, human factors, alarm management and compliance auditing under OSHA 1910.

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Dr Huipeng Li, CEng, FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland), C.WEM, MCIWEM

Dr Huipeng Li is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years' experience for both industrial consultant practice and academic research in industries including water and wastewater, oil and gas, chemical and civil engineering. Huipeng is an FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) Functional Safety Engineer with considerable experience in quantitative risk assessment and functional safety.

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Dr Fan Ye, GICSP, CFSE, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), CEng, MIET

Dr Fan Ye has worked in safety consultancy in industries including oil and gas, chemical, nuclear power and defence since completing his PhD in 2005. Fan is a Charted Engineer (CEng) by the Engineering Council via IET. He is a GIAC certified Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP). He is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and TÜV Rheinland and Technis certified Functional Safety Engineer. His expertise lies in the areas of hazard identification and risk assessment, safety case development, safety management, system reliability, and ICS Cyber Security.

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Jaspreet K Chana, MEng (Hons), CEng, MIChemE, FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland)

Jaspreet is an FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) Functional Safety Engineer with a background in Chemical and Process Engineering, whose experience extends to a variety of industries including high risk, critical consequence industries such as Nuclear and Oil and Gas. Her expertise lies in Reliability and Event Modelling including SIL Verification, using techniques such as Fault Tree Analysis and Reliability Block Diagrams. Within the Company, Jaspreet is the technical lead in this area which has led her to deliver internal and external training courses on this subject

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Dr Esteban Bernechea, PhD FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland)

Dr Esteban Bernechea, PhD FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), is a Principal Consultant at ESC. His responsibilities include delivering Process and Functional Safety consultancy to diverse clients, conforming to ESC’s excellence standards and complying with the client’s needs, budgets and schedules. Esteban has worked in the fields of Process Engineering, Process Safety and Functional Safety for the last 10 years.He has a Chemical Engineering background and started his career as a process engineer in the design of oil and gas projects.

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Rhodri Morgan, C.Eng, M.IET, MInstMC, Certified Functional Safety Expert

Rhodri Morgan, C.Eng, M.IET, MInstMC is a highly experienced and certified Functional Safety expert with a strong background in Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineering and Process Safety. With over twenty years of experience with cyber-physical systems in the process and offshore industries. First working within the process industry on pipeline systems, advanced process controllers and process optimisation, before moving into the offshore industry to work on subsea control systems for intervention systems, deployment systems and product handing systems.

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