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…
Frederick Kuhnow
Frederick KuhnowManagement & Design
Mr. Kuhnow is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of multidisciplinary experience with focus in geo-structural engineering, seismic design of nuclear facilities, drill & blast engineering, surface and underground construction.
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 in the Transport, Education and Local Government sectors.
Jim Vernon
Jim VernonFormer chairman and founder member of (DESA).
Jim Vernon was the former chairman and founder member of the Drugs and Explosives Search Association (DESA). After leaving the British Army in the mid 70’s Jim has spent his time teaching CT- search mostly utilising dog and handler teams.
Neil Stanley
Neil Stanley
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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
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