Category: Staff News


GBB are delighted to announce that director, Philip Hoyes, was registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council on the 5th October 2012 reflecting his standing as a professionally qualified engineer.

In the United Kingdom, a Chartered Engineer is an engineer registered with Engineering Council (the British regulatory body for engineers). Contemporary Chartered Engineers are master’s degree-qualified and have gained professional competencies through training and experience. The formation process of a Chartered Engineer is generally a minimum of 8 years.

The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession and professional registration is the mechanical engineering industry’s gold standard.

Chartered Engineers develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems. They may develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods and introduce new and more efficient production techniques, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods. The title CEng is protected by civil law and is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.

Together with his acceptance as full member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Philip plans to utilise this credential to underpin a framework  at GBB that encourages IMechE membership, provides mentorship and support for undergraduates and a structured  training scheme for the next generation of Forensic Engineers.


GBB Managing Director Brian Henderson has been awarded a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in the field of forensic science.

Brian’s thesis, entitled A Retrospective Study in understanding ‘Low Speed Change’ Vehicle Collisions, Occupant Movement and Likelihood of Injury is a synthesis of many years of investigation and original research all of which has been self-funded. The award of an MSc to Brian from a University that has a world-wide reputation in the field of Forensic Science asserts GBB’s credibility as a company that is at the forefront of collision investigation and research.

Low speed collisions and in particular whiplash associated disorder continue to be a major talking point in the UK with the Government and the insurance industry actively looking to tackle the issue. 

The most recent ABI statistics in relation to whiplash claims (published in 2008) state:-

  • 430,000+ people claimed for whiplash in 2007, up by 1/4 in the last five years. Cost nearly £2 billion a year in compensation.
  • Whiplash injuries now cost the NHS approximately £8 million a year in consultation fees.
  • UK is the whiplash capital of Europe: 75% of motor personal injury claims for whiplash, compared to an average of 40% throughout the rest of Europe.
  • Many drivers and passengers are at risk: 75% of drivers are unaware how head restraints should be correctly positioned.

At GBB, we believe that first-hand research is essential for knowledge and understanding of all aspects of road traffic accident investigation and further investment in research and joint projects with academic institutions are planned in the near future.


GBB are delighted to welcome Mike Hall back to our research team.

Mike previously worked for GBB between 2006 and 2007 and played a major role in the early stages of our vehicle collision  research and crash testing programmes.

Mike who is a member of the Institute of Physics has a BSc (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering and MSc in Computational Methods and Fluid Mechanics.

Mike has returned to GBB to spacilise in Research and Training. He will support the investigators in their application of science to vehicle collisions; provide a training program for new starters and analyse data originating from GBB’s ongoing crash testing program.