Committee Members

Nick Carey President

Nick joined Hawkins as a Fire Investigator in 2012 based at their Reigate office. Previously he worked for the London Fire Brigade (27 years) with the last 16 years as a full-time fire investigation officer.

In January 2002, Nick attended the ATF`s 2 week "Advanced Cause & Origin and Court Room Techniques" course in Brunswick, Georgia, USA.

In October 2004 Nick was awarded the Forensic Science Society`s Fire Investigation diploma.

Mike Flanagan 1st Vice President

Mike Flanagan MSc FIFireE MCSFS, IAAI-CFI IAAI-ECT, IAAI-CI. Mike was in the Fire Service for nearly 35 years having joined the Greater Manchester Fire Service in 1977 as a Junior Fireman. He was promoted to the Mid Glamorgan Fire Service as a Station Officer in 1989. On reorganisation of the Welsh Fire Services in 1996, he became a member of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service which included a secondment as an instructor at the Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh.

Deon Webber 2nd Vice President

Deon Webber served for almost 35 years as a professional Fire Officer with the Greater Manchester Fire Service from April 1975 to January 2010. As the head of Fire Investigation for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, he regularly delivered fire investigation training to Fire, Police and Prison Officers as well as Crime Scene Investigators and students of Forensic Science. He is an Associate Tutor at the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Fire Service College. Deon is a Fellow of, and senior examiner and marker for the Institution of Fire Engineers and has been the North West Regional Representative for the UK-AFI since 2008. 

John Galvin Immediate Past President

John completed over 30 years as a serving Fire Officer with the London Fire Brigade in both Operational and Specialist roles. He has been a dedicated Fire Investigation Officer since 1995. During that time he has been the lead investigator on over 2000 incidents including fatal and major fires. John now continues his fire investigation work in the private sector.

Leigh Richards

Leigh joined the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in 1995 and following various operational promotions moved into the Fire Investigation and Prevention Section in 2012 as a dedicated Fire Investigation Officer.
He has been involved in many criminal cases and has presented his evidence in Crown Court as well as Coroners Court for many of the fatal fire scenes he has investigated.
He is a Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers (GiFireE) and is studying for his Master of Science Degree in Fire Scene Investigation at Wolverhampton University.

Chris Clarke

Chris is a partner with Fire Investigations (UK) LLP. In a previous life he was a Station Manager in the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and managed their dedicated Fire Investigation Team and chaired the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Fire Investigation Group which provides specialist fire investigation cover for the region. As a 26 year veteran of the fire service he has been involved in fire investigation since training and introducing a fire dog into the West Yorkshire FRS in 2000.

Chris Ward

Chris served for more than 30 years in the Fire Service achieving the rank of Group Manager, carrying out various roles including the responsibility for Fire Investigation.  He has continued to work in the field of Firefighting, Fire Investigation and Training since leaving the service.

He is highly skilled with a proven track record and has worked both in this country and abroad, Chris was awarded an Honours Degree and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Claire Mansi

Claire has been an Arson Task Force Practitioner with the London Fire Brigade since the creation of its Arson Task Force in July 2004. She has been the recipient of several awards for the work she has carried out in some of the most prolific arson areas in the United Kingdom.

Emma Wison

After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Medical Biochemistry and a Masters degree in Biomolecular Archaeology, Emma spent almost 9 years with the Forensic Science Service (FSS), carrying out work for the police services of England and Wales. Beginning in the DNA unit and later working in the toxicology and drugs departments, in 2005 she joined the Fire Investigation Unit.

Nikki Harvey

Nikki Harvey started her Fire Service career with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 before transferring to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1994.

She has worked in Fire Control and HR as well as being an operational Retained Firefighter.  Nikki became a Fire Investigation Support Officer and Dog Handler in 2007 and is also the services arson liaison officer.

Peter Mansi

Peter was an operational fire officer within the London Fire Brigade for over 30 years; the last 12 of those as a Fire Investigator and since 2001 a Station Manager within the Fire and Arson Investigation Group. In October 2008 he took up post as the Borough Commander of the City of London and from May 2009 was also managing the Fire and Arson Investigation Group at its new central location within the City of London.