Simon J Brown BSc (Hons.), CEng, FIET
Simon graduated from Southampton University with an honours degree in electronic engineering in 1978. He worked as a Professional & Technical Officer for the UK MoD and then as a design engineer and technical manager with a number of companies including Racal and Ferranti before joining the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in 1992 as a specialist inspector (electrical & control systems).
His role with HSE was to support HSE’s regulatory activities including safety case assessment, inspection and incident investigation across a wide range of industrial applications including general manufacturing, chemicals and petrochemicals. He also served as an inspector for the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority.
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. He was the principal EC&I advisor to both the HSE Offshore Division Deepwater Horizon review group and to the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board. He was a member of the API working group responsible for API 2350 Petroleum storage tank overfill prevention systems and was chair of the offshore oil and gas International Regulator’s Forum (IRF) sub-group on standards.