Tim Roff started out as a Civil and Structural Engineer, becoming a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Geological Society and specialising first in geotechnics and then in buried pipelines after joining BG’s Research & Technology division in the mid-90s. Tim sat on the ICE’s East Midlands Geotechnical Group committee and presented at various industry events - IGE/ YGA/ SBGI (now EUA) on the causes of pipe failure and technology innovations being developed for utility applications, e.g sustainable construction/ no-dig technologies.
As well as investigating high-profile gas incidents, Tim went on to manage various engineering and safety teams, working across the entire onshore gas value chain from ‘beach to burner tip’. His various teams’ work supported the gas network asset owner/operator BG/Transco with technical and policy advice, SHE compliance and assurance, delivered technical training and digital solutions, technology research and testing and supported the first (gas) network sales from an engineering standards perspective.
After the divestment of the in-house research, technology and advisory business from National Grid in 2007, Tim moved on to the Health & Safety Laboratory’s leadership team, where he continued to look after Engineers and Scientists for the next ten years, investigating all manner of accidents and incidents, providing safety research, evidence and advice through close collaboration with industry and continuing to support IGEM and its Young Persons Network.
After moving back into the gas industry supply chain, to help solve industry challenges like de-risking the future of gas, and supporting the industry in a voluntary capacity (presenting at IGEM, YGA and EUA events) Tim found himself unexpectedly out of work for the first time since leaving school. Fortunately, after a somewhat challenging year during lockdown in which he mainly sought work, home-schooled his young children, and supported IGEM in a voluntary capacity, Tim is now using his experience and understanding once again to help push the boundaries of digital innovation in the safety and knowledge spaces (courtesy of the collaborative Discovering Safety Programme led by the Thomas Ashton Institute and sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation) and is helping the growing and forward-thinking Fastflow/ United Living Group to develop its Design and Build offering for gas and water utility infrastructure clients and their customers, including reducing its year on year carbon footprint to ‘net zero’ by 2030. It is no surprise that the ‘theme’ of Tim’s year in the role of Midlands Chair will be ‘safety and sustainability’.
Tim has been a passionate advocate of professional qualifications all his working life and has been able to help many others to attain professional recognition with various bodies over the years which he has found enormously satisfying. Tim’s career has been testament to the value of working for, supporting and getting involved in Professional Institutions like IGEM and he is passionate about reaching out to the next generation of Engineers and Technicians. Although CPD and keeping abreast of digitalisation and decarbonisation have been really important benefits of being a member of IGEM, Tim has found that being engaged with a bigger purpose (keeping everyone safe and warm at a price we can all afford), building a professional network that is more resilient to change in a dynamic, fragmented and increasingly competitive sector, and the support in difficult times from others connected via IGEM have been invaluable.