John Ford

Technical Expert

Expert Highlights

  • Fire at a petrochemical plant in Israel. Claim is $120 million
  • 132kV transformer failure in Mexico at a solar farm. Original claim was $13.560 million – settlement was $1.6 million
  • Failure of a 138kV gas insulated switchgear conductor in Ecuador. Claim is $3.5 million
  • Flooding of the new terminal at Abu Dhabi Airport involving electrical and data communications equipment
  • Failure of a 415 volt five conductor (three phase, neutral and earth) electrical busbar system at a central London office building
  • Flooding of waste treatment works in Northern England
  • Fire originating in a hot wire polystyrene cutting machine in England
  • HV Electrical switchgear failure on offshore wind turbine (Scotland)
  • Wind turbine blade failure in Scotland (claim withdrawn)
  • Fire on a roadway grader at an open pit zinc mine in South Africa

John Ford has extensive practitioner and regulatory experience in many commercial and industrial settings involving electrical engineering and workplace accident investigation. He also has extensive expertise in other areas.

He has worked in the insurance market since leaving the Health and Safety Executive in 2013 and is repeatedly instructed on insurance losses ranging from £20,000 to £100 million both in the UK and overseas and on complex health and safety prosecutions. His instructions often are at the direct request of Insurers and Barristers


IMEMME Honours in Electrical Engineering (Trent Polytechnic)
BSc degree in computing and electronics (Open University)
MBA degree (majoring in strategy) (University of Derby)
Engineering Doctorate degree in systems engineering (University of Warwick)
PGCE in Further Education (Nottingham Trent University)
Qualified NVQ Assessor
Trained Kepnor Tregoe Analytical Trouble Shooter
WTG – GWO working at height and rescue trained

Professional Memberships

Chartered Electrical Engineer (CEng)
Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)
Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)