Confirmed Speakers

Dave Welch
Dave WelchPresident of the Institute
Dave trained initially in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer before moving into the field of Mine Warfare/Explosive Ordnance Disposal and has over 30 years experience in dealing with explosives and explosive articles both in the Military and Commercial sectors.
Mandy Hickson
Mandy HicksonOnly Female Pilot on her Front Line
Mandy Hickson was the only female pilot on her Front Line Tornado Squadron, flying multimillion pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force. She has operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq.
Alex Crow
Alex CrowNLP & Psychology
Alex Crow served for 15 years in the Metropolitan Police in London, before leaving to pursue his wild dreams of performing for a living. After years of studying body language, NLP, and Psychology, with a healthydose of intuition…
Andy Grantham
Andy GranthamAmmunition Management
Andy Grantham is a Technical Advisor within the Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT). AMAT is a technical assistance mechanism set up by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)…
Rik Arthur
Rik ArthurBSc(Hons) MSc MBA CEng MIET MIExpE
Rik has over 5 years of experience in the field, working with munitions and explosives in both Military and Commercial applications; currently the Technical Director at Primetake Ltd with accountability for facility management across the site…
Stephen Miller
Stephen MillerTrials Conducting Officer/Explosives Consultant
Steve has 36 years in explosives, including Fireworks, Bomb Disposal, Warheads Research, Special Effects (for Stage, Film and Battle Simulation), Structural Demolition, Area Clearance, Expert Witness, Initiation Design and Conducting Trials.
Paul Walker
Paul WalkerEOC Engineer
Paul had a successful career spanning 29 years in the Royal Air Force.
He was employed in all aspects of his trade as a Weapons Technician.
From Small Arms to Nuclear Weapon Load Team Chief…
Andy Oppenheimer
Andy OppenheimerAIExpE MIABTI
Andy Oppenheimer AIExpE MIABTI is an author, analyst & consultant in counter-terrorism and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons & explosives).
Robert McClure
Robert McClurePresident of R.A. McClure
Robert McClure is President of R.A. McClure, Inc. (RAM) an international independent explosive technical services consulting firm. Mr. McClure attended The Ohio State University…
Frank Hirthammer
Frank HirthammerTTE-Europe GmbH
As a speaker at the ISEE Conferences in the United States and the European EFEE Conferences, he has been imparting knowledge about the Track & Trace of civil explosives for 5 years.
Phil Pitcher
Phil PitcherDE&S and SDA Specialist Fellow
Phil has worked in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Explosive Safety Organisations as a Technical Specialist for 14 years. He is a Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) specialist fellow for maritime explosive safety technology.
Andrew Gausden
Andrew GausdenEast Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Andrew Gausden is head of department responsible for delivery of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Services statutory responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and associated health and safety legislation.
Dr. Ernest L. Baker
Dr. Ernest L. BakerTechnology Specialist Officer, Warhead Technology NATO, MSIAC
Dr. Baker (USA) joined the NATO Munitions Safety Information and Analysis Centre (MSIAC) in Brussels, Belgium on 1 June 2016 as the Technology Specialist Officer for Warheads Technology.
Paul Verrico
Paul VerricoLeading lawyer in the field of safety and wellbeing
Paul Verrico is a Partner and experienced Solicitor-Advocate in our EHS team, specialising in representing both individuals and organisations, across a range of sectors, who are being investigated for health and safety breaches.
James Brodier
James BrodierWeapons Assurance Consultant
James Brodier is a Weapons Assurance Consultant within Fazer-Nash Consultancy. Working in various MOD weapon areas including the Naval, Land and Air domains.
Melanie Moughton
Melanie MoughtonCEO of Felix Fund
Melanie Moughton has been CEO of Felix Fund since January 2015. Drawing on all these years of experience Melanie has assisted the board of trustees through strategic and operational transformations needed to help today’s EOD and Search community.
Johan Finsteen Gjødvad
Johan Finsteen GjødvadStrategic Partnership Manager
Johan works as a Strategic Partnership Manager at Sigicom, where his main focus is innovation and international market, assisting Sigicom in staying a top producer of hardware and software for environmental monitoring.
Bob MacNaught
Bob MacNaughtUK Defence Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Safety Regulator
Bob MacNaught is the UK Defence Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Safety Regulator (DOSR) responsible for the regulation of OME safety across Defence activities.
David Groves
David Grovesdstl Principal Advisor
David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Scientist and Member of the Institute of Explosive Engineers with a degree in Chemistry and over 25 years of experience in science and technology involving explosives.
Richard Battrick
Richard BattrickBetter Risk Managing Director
Richard is a former Royal Navy Clearance Diving & Bomb Disposal officer, currently working as a risk management Consultant having supported the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Hugh McCluskie
Hugh McCluskieAeronautical Engineering
McCluskie joined the RAF in Aug 2002 as an Engineering (AeroSystems) Officer. As an AeroSystems Engineer McCluskie could be responsible for numerous aircraft related systems and he has worked predominately Armament arena…
Mark Hardman
Mark HardmanManaging Director of Roxel UK
After graduating in physics, Mark started his career as a research scientist with the UK Atomic Energy Authority, majoring in the study of space radiation effects on electronics.
Jerry Smith OBE
Jerry Smith OBESenior Partner at CHC Global
Jerry is a Senior Partner at CHC Global, a specialist Risk Advisory and Insurance Brokers based in London. He consults for a variety of sectors including the London and national governments…
David Hendry
David HendryBAE Energetic Materials Team
I joined BAE Systems in 2016 as a Graduate Engineer, having graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. During the graduate scheme, I gained experience in Process Engineering…
Dr John Allum
Dr John AllumRegional Director
John has a degree in Analytical Chemistry from Plymouth University and a PhD in Emulsion Explosives from Cranfield University. John joined a firm of consulting scientists and engineers in 2001, before establishing HFS-Asia in 2011.
Kate Howard
Kate HowardProcess Safety Specialist
Kate is a Process Safety Specialist with expertise in Explosives and UK Health and Safety Regulations. Kate now undertakes DSEAR and HAZOP assessments in a variety of industries for DEKRA Process Safety.
David Crofts
David CroftsHead of MBDA UK's Complex Warhead CofEx
David is an International Capability Manager for Lethality, and a member of the company’s Technical Expert community with over 30 years of domain experience.
Peter Gould
Peter GouldEnergetics Materials Analysis
Peter Gould Ph.D. CEng FIM3 has 25 years’ experience in the measurement, analysis, and prediction of material properties. He specialises in: the development of analytic models to predict the physical and mechanical properties of materials…
Dr Ruth Tunnell
Dr Ruth TunnellSenior Principal Scientist – Energetics
Ruth Tunnell (Ph.D. CChem) is a Senior Principal Scientist – Energetics and a QinetiQ Senior Fellow. She has worked in the field of energetics materials analysis at QinetiQ Fort Halstead in Kent, UK, since 2003.
Dawn Pickavance
Dawn PickavanceSenior Warheads Engineer
Dawn is a Senior Warheads Engineer with 4 years’ experience at MBDA, currently working within the modelling capability in the Complex Warheads Centre of Excellence.
Laura Miller
Laura MillerSenior Energetics Scientist
Laura is a chartered chemist with over a decade of experience in the energetics field. Currently working in R&D within the energetic materials team…
Matthew Didsbury
Matthew DidsburyPolymer Explosives Scientist
Matt Didsbury Ph.D CChem joined BAE Systems Land UK as a Polymer Explosive scientist and has spent the last 5 years performing studies and investigations on the processing and chemistry of wide range of different energetic materials.
Susanna Bloodworth-Race
Susanna Bloodworth-RaceDESG Graduate
I am a DESG graduate with a Mechanical Engineering background in the form of an MEng from the University of Bath, joining the scheme in September 2017.
Rebecca Millar
Rebecca MillarEnergetic Material Scientist
Energetic material scientist, Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG). A chartered mechanical engineer with 10 years experience split between the oil and gas industry and defence industry.
Martin Driver
Martin DriverDESG Graduate
I am a DESG graduate in the Weapons Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (WOME) domain of DE&S. I graduated from the University of the West of England with a BEng in Aerospace Engineering in 2017 and joined the DESG scheme.
Dr James Wilgeroth
Dr James WilgerothEnergetic Materials Scientist
James joined BAE Systems Land UK in 2017 as an Energetic Materials Scientist. Prior to this, he spent time at Imperial College London as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Institute of Shock Physics and at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.
Emma Willes
Emma WillesAssistant Explosives Officer
I am currently working as an Assistant Explosives Officer with Ramora UK which sees me responding to a range of tasks involving ordnance, explosive chemicals and a wide range of pyrotechnic articles.
Nicholas Hall
Nicholas HallBA FSA AIEXPE
Nicholas Hall was born in Norwich in 1951. He took his degree in the History of Art [Courtauld Institute, 1972] then joined the Armouries, HM Tower of London.
Geoff Moore
Geoff MooreAviation Security & Critical Infrastructure Security
Geoff Moore is an aviation security and critical infrastructure security expert who heads Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd Business Development Team, bringing his experience from designing and building large scale security solutions throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Dr Rebecca Stephens
Dr Rebecca StephensSenior Secondary Explosive Scientist
A Senior Secondary Explosive Scientist working for BAE Systems, Rebecca Stephens has over 10 years of experience in the energetics industry. Rebecca’s main area of interest is Polymer Bonded Explosives PBX.

Call for Speakers

We are no longer accepting speakers abstracts for Fulmination 2020, our speakers slots have now been filled. The Institute would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract for this year’s conference.

You can register your interest in speaking at Fulmination 2021 here

Fulmination 2020 combines the Ordnance, Munitions, and Explosives Conference (OME), IExpE Conference, and Early Careers Symposium (organised by IExpE)

Topics of Interest

Senior MoD personnel (1* etc)
Senior civil servants (Regulators/BEIS/HSE)
Fireworks industry
Special effects
Commercial EOD
Defence & weaponry
Trading standards
Education sector
An IExpE Past President – how the industry have evolved in the last 10 years
An IExpE Fellow

IExpE are seeking a broad selection of topics from civilian and military environments.

Call for Speakers