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 Expert  728084

Expert in Agricultural Engineering, Post-Harvest Technology, Grain Storage and Processing, Farm Machinery

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Since graduating in Agricultural Engineering (Machine Design) from the National College of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe, Expert worked as a product design engineer dealing with original designs of tractors, harvesting and planting equipment and carried out analysis of warranty failures and user problems.

In 1986, he began working in Post-Harvest Technology, particularly related to grains and oilseeds and managed the crop storage department of a farm machinery dealership in the UK.

Since 1991, he has worked internationally in both commercial assignments and programmes funded by international development agencies including the UN and European Commission, the governments of the UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, and Japan. He has also worked for major grain trading companies including Cargill and Bunge. He is trained and experienced in working in conflict zones and has carried out multiple assignments in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

His training has continued and includes training in HACCP food safety systems to advanced level, Expert Witness reporting from Cardiff University, and Post Harvest Technology from University of California Davis.

He has investigated failures in farm machinery, problems in grain storage including several cases of spontaneous combustion and contamination, personal injury due to contact with grain handling equipment and attack by farm animals. He has also investigated problems in international shipping including spoilage of both bulk and containerised cargoes and resolution of port handling problems.


agricultural engineering


agricultural machine


bulk materials handling




farm equipment


farm machine


grain elevator


grain handling


grain storage


harvest machinery




overseas farm mechanization


post-harvest technology


micro irrigation

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1974   BSc (Hons)   Agricultural Engineering - Machinery Design   National College of Agricultural Engineering   Honours degree

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1991 to






Career Accomplishments:

Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council Corporate Member, Institution of Agricultural Engineers Corporate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Member, British Institution of Agricultural Consultants, Overseas Division Member, European Society of Agricultural Engineers


Chartered Engineer

Publications and Patents Summary

Has 4 pubications in Post-Harvest Technology including a technical manual on the operation and maintenance of bulk grain stores

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London)  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2009 to 2009   UK Department for International Development   Procurement Advisor   Advised on procurement and distribution of Agricultural Materials in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
2008 to 2008   United States Agency for International Development   Environmental Impact Trainer   Trained 30 Iraqi engineers in Environmental Impact Assessment of Development Projects
2006 to 2009   Japan International Cooperation System   Project Manager   Managed the import and distribution of $1.5 billion government to government assistance programme
2005 to 2005   United States Agency for International Development   Deputy Team Leader/Team Leader   Management of $120 million international development programme in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Southern Afghanistan

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • March 2004 – June 2004 Food distribution specialist – Scanagri/DANIDA/CPA Basra, South Iraq-Reviewed grain trading, handling, storage and processing mechanisms in Southern Iraq-Evaluated grain silo operations at Umm Qasr port and Basra city. Recommended actions required to improve performance and reduce costs.-Presented strategic plan for transition of food ration system into commercial activities.-Together with Trade Ministry and WFP staff, identified bottlenecks in the food supply system and presented these to high level CPA working group.-Procured $500,000 analysis equipment for Umm Qasr port laboratory, investment recovered in less than 2 weeks due to savings in demurrage charges.
  • November 2003 – March 2004 Consultant – IOS Partners, Miami, Florida USA-Prepared feasibility study for privatization of 6 combined flour and feed milling plants in Saudi Arabia-Made site visits for technical and commercial evaluation of facilities-Prepared presentation to potential investor groups and Saudi Arabian Minister of Agriculture.-Discussed privatisation options with special advisor to Minister of Agriculture.-Participated in World Bank subject workshop.
  • August 2001- August 2003 Technical Director, Serbia – for ACDI-VOCA. Community Revitalization by Democratic Action- Responsible for technical activities during 2 year start up phase of a $40m million 5 year USAID program in central Serbia.- Responsible for compliance with USAID Environmental Regulations, training of project staff in environmental compliance and documentation.- Completed 449 projects ranging from $20,000 to $300,000 with 2-year program budget of $12 million primarily using local contractors and suppliers.- Works included: tube wells, water catchment structures, potable water and electricity distribution schemes, sewage and drainage systems, rural and urban roads and bridges, and refurbishment of education, sports and medical facilities including replacement of heating system in regional hospital. Construction of livestock and commodity market structures, fruit processing plants, community irrigation systems, Supply and installation of diagnostic imaging systems, automated medical analysis equipment, IT installations for municipal and local community offices, schools and social groups.- Participated in development of 60 community participation groups in 12 municipalities to identify and prioritise community needs and develop projects.
  • March 2001-August 2001 Agricultural Commodities Specialist – Russia – for HLB Ltd. -Audited 1999-2000 EU Food Aid program to Russian Federation, including transport and logistics of 1.8 million ton food aid shipment from Baltic and Black Sea Ports to recipients, working primarily in Moscow and St Petersburg -Tracked sea, rail and road freight shipments of wheat, rice, rye, beef, pork and milk powder delivered to elevator, warehouse and cold storage facilities in 63 regions of Russia.-Interfaced with senior staff in Russian Ministries, State distribution companies, European Commission and monitoring companies located in Denmark, Finland and Holland
  • November-December 2000 Grain Quality Specialist – Russia - for AFC Consultants, Bonn, Germany. -Developed programme for harmonization of grain quality standards between CIS countries and international commodity trading countries. -Investigated reasons for limited agricultural commodity trading between CIS member countries. -Advised “All Russian Institute for Problem Resolution” Government think-tank on findings
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Grain handling - dry powder dose metering systems.
  • Expert in Vibration dampening applications in equipment and tools.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has years of experience advising legal teams.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Agricultural engineering expert for consulting on Grain Bin Explosion.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2009 to 2009   Afghanistan   Evaluation of procurement and distribution of agricultural supplies. Monitoring and Evaluation of agricultural supply programme in Southern Afghanistan.
2008 to 2008   Iraq   Trained 30 Iraqi Engineers in Environmental Impact Assessment in compliance with USAID regulations
2008 to 2008   Jordan   Prepared privatisation plan for state owned grain storage and processing plants throughout Jordan
2005 to 2007   Iraq   Stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, co-manager of logistics programme for delivery and distribution of approx $1.5 billion of equipment throughout Iraq. Liaison at Ambassador, Ministerial and Military General Staff level, with civilian and military authorities in multiple countries.
2005 to 2005   Afghanistan   Responsible for program set up and management in one province and for environmental and technical compliance in two provinces of Southern Afghanistan. Liaised with USAID mission and counterpart agencies. Solicited and evaluated proposals for agri-processing investments and conducted procurement of; -Edible oil expellers and oil refining plants -Aromatic oil production plant -Livestock feed milling equipment -Dried fruit processing equipment. -Automated GPS data-logging equipment -Security Service Provision -Evaluated grain storage facilities in Kabul and Kandahar cities

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Basic level only
Russian   Basic level only

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has operated local and international procurement procedures to purchase goods, works and services under World Bank, European Commission and USAID regulations.


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