Our History - HSEC - Health Safety Engineering Consultants

Engineering Health & Safety

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Our History

HSEC is a privately owned business that has been successfully delivering expertise and knowledge since 1990. Over these years it has grown organically into a significant provider of engineering health and safety consultancy services delivered into diverse market sectors.

Health, Safety and Engineering Consultants Limited (HSEC) was founded in 1992 by Robert Mitchell and Angus Currie. Rob Mitchell, then HSEC's Managing Director, had previously built a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer in the Coal Board, then as an Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive and then finally as the Technical Director of a large industrial manufacturer. Angus Currie, then HSEC's Technical Director, was previously a highly respected Mechanical Engineer in the Technical Services and Research Executive of British Coal and before that as Group Head of Mining Research and Development Establishment.

With the structural changes in British Coal, HSEC was able to employ 16 of its engineers and specialists from the Bretby facility in Burton-on-Trent, and then enter into a service contract with British Coal with the objective of diversifying their skills across different industries. Some of these original services, such as winder testing and manager’s rules assessments, are still today being provided to UK Coal.

Later Jim Moorhouse, an Electrical Engineer from deep mining, joined as HSEC's Operations Director to help to grow the business. The business established and still maintains a strong practical and pragmatic experience base and a clear focus on delivering to deadlines and to budget. With this basis, over the following years the business and team continued to grow and deliver into many different market sectors across the UK, EU and US.

After the retirement of Angus Currie, Phil Mitchell took over as Technical Director and continued with Rob Mitchell to develop the business. Then in 2008 HSEC acquired the leading UK litigation and expert witness services RHMA, and Dom Barraclough joined the Consulting team as a Principal Engineer. In 2009 Phil Mitchell left the business and Dom Barraclough became a Director alongside Rob Mitchell. With the natural synergy of the two brands, the business was structured so that HSEC and RHMA then became the trading brands for consultancy and expert witness services respectively, this leveraged further strong organic growth.

With such continued growth and Rob Mitchell's desire to step down from management to enable him to concentrate on his expert witness work, in March 2012 Dom Barraclough acquired the business including the HSEC and RHMA brands. Now a subsidiary of an engineering services business, Dom Barraclough restructured the Board and put into a place an investment plan to leverage growth.

Dom Barraclough sits as Managing Director on the Board which benefits from the guidance and wisdom of John Crabtree OBE, our Chairman and a respected corporate lawyer; Rebecca Walton CA, our Financial Director with expertise in high growth SMEs; Patrick Kelly an internationally recognised expert in Consultancy business and Paul Betts, an expert in investment. Rob Mitchell remains closely on hand to Dom Barraclough providing business advice alongside his expert witness investigation work.

With a strong ethos of evolution not revolution and a clear understanding that our reputation and relationships with Clients are at the heart of what we do, our strategy is to drive growth by investing to ensure our team of consultants and administrators are strongly supported and developed to have the skills and resources to help our Clients manage and control engineering health and safety risk.

  • Established since 1990
  • Roots in deep mining
  • Strong organic growth
  • Robust board of Directors
  • Fully supported Consultants
  • Investment in the team
Coal mining origins