Tom Leach is a Chartered Engineer with a skill sets in both the Mechanical and Electrical disciplines. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET) where he was awarded his Chartered registration (CEng). Tom is in the process of attaining is Fellowship with the institute of Engineering and Technology and EUR Ing ( European professional registration).
Tom started his career in the manufacturing industry in 2003 as a fabrication engineer before beginning his journeys into industrial food manufacturing where he was a time served dual skilled maintenance engineer in a large dairy facility in North Devon. Tom spent a number of years here progressing to the role of Projects Engineer assisting with a multimillion-pound modernisation project as well as asset management for high-value manufacturing items. During his time in industry, Tom has developed a wide breadth of engineering and regulatory knowledge.
In 2010, Tom was recruited into a role as an engineering inspection and consultancy company as an Engineer Surveyor and consultancy lead for one of the world’s largest Reinsurance companies. During his time as a competent person, Tom conducted statutory thorough examinations under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER98), the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 2000 (PUWER2000), The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH2002) and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR2000). Tom’s work in this role included the management of a large portfolio of customer sites ensuring planning, preparation of inspections, auditing plant schedules and technical adherence to ISO IEC 17020:2012 as a type A inspection body as well as carrying out physical inspections on a range of lifting equipment such as cranes, garage equipment, Passenger and Goods Lifts and the highest and steepest funicular cable hauled tramway in the UK. Tom also carried out inspections on Local Exhaust and Ventilation Equipment ensuring the control of workplace hazardous substances. Tom’s speciality was in the field of pressure systems where he was authorised to conduct inspections on Minor but more commonly Intermediate and Major pressure systems for process steam and power generation applications. Tom was also responsible for conducting workplace competency assessments on his fellow colleagues ensuring regulatory compliance and adherence to ISO IEC 17020: 2012 and ISO 45001:2018.
Tom was promoted to more senior positions in recent years where his focus has been in the field of consultancy where he designed, implemented and managed market-leading Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Auditing services and has delivered multiple high-profile M&E audits on some prestigious blue-chip buildings which can be seen today in the iconic London skyline. Tom also led all other consultancy services in his previous role which included Vertical Transportation consultancy and several Asset Management solutions and energy and carbon savings initiatives as well as loss mitigation services. Tom has also worked at the sharp end of litigation when investigating M&E claims, incidents of non-compliance with regards to statutory inspections and after-industrial incidents and accidents.
Tom more recently held a role as an Associate Director for an energy practice before joining Finch Consulting in November 2023. He brings his experience in both the statutory inspection industry and broad knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems and processes, as well as his solid grounding in Health and Safety Management systems and incident investigations.