Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Physics – Bristol University
MInstP Member of the Institute of Physics
CPhys Chartered Physicist


After graduating, Stuart joined the Defence Research Agency (now Qinetiq) where he devised techniques to validate a knowledge-based command and control system for naval use. He then worked at the Health and Safety Executive’s research laboratory in Buxton for 4 years specialising in research into the behaviour of explosives. Stuart joined Burgoynes in 1997 as an Associate and, in 2001, was appointed Resident Director of Burgoynes’ Dublin Office. In 2005, he returned to the UK as a Partner.

Stuart has investigated approximately 1000 fires, explosions and other related incidents, such as burn injuries and carbon monoxide poisonings, both in the UK and abroad. He has experience investigating fires involving commercial and domestic premises, as well as all manner of vehicles, plant, fishing vessels, cargo ships and luxury yachts. He has also investigated explosions involving gas leaks, flammable liquids, grain and meal handling equipment and sewage sludge drying plant. In addition, Stuart has investigated incidents involving the manufacture and disposal of explosives, as well as personal injuries from fireworks.

He has prepared numerous reports for use in litigation, and has given testimony as an expert witness in criminal courts, as well as in Coroner’s Courts in the UK and Ireland. He has also lectured on fire and explosion investigation to members of the police and Fire Service, to delegates from the Institute of Fire Engineers and to lawyers, loss adjusters and the insurance industry. He is a panel member for the Institute of Physics Professional Standards Committee and routinely examines applications for Chartered Physicist status.