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Mr Timothy Ward

Professional Description:

Principal Consultant, Mechanical Engineer - HAVS & Noise Expert


BSc (Hons), MIOA

Finch Consulting
Ivanhoe Business Park
Ashby de la Zouch
LE65 2AB
Area of work:

Nationwide and International


A Consultant with over 30 years of experience in the field of noise and vibration, mostly in the investigation and prevention of occupational exposures associated with ill health.

With HSE as HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Noise & Vibration), developed HSE's technical policies on noise, hand-arm vibration and whole-body vibration, with lead responsibility for the topic of noise. Developed HSE guidance, Regulations, and benchmarks for good practice on control of risks. Supported HSE inspection, investigation and enforcement as a specialist investigator and expert witness.

Earlier experience in HSE's research division, providing research and scientific/technical support, measurement / analysis of occupational exposures and development of measurement / analysis techniques. Further experience across a range of architectural, environmental and occupational acoustics projects.

Experience of International (ISO) and European (CEN) Standards making as UK-nominated expert to various working groups dealing with occupational noise.

Expertise includes:
Occupational Risk Assessment and Control.
Machinery Safety & Conformity.
Vibration (Hand-arm Vibration, Whole Body Vibration):
Occupational Risk Assessment and Control.
Machinery Safety & Conformity.


Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Assessment, Institute of Acoustics, 1990, Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, Institute of Acoustics, 1997.


Corporate Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA), elected 1993, Chairman, British Standards Institution (BSI) committee EH/1/4 Machinery Noise, Member, BSI committees EH/1 Acoustics, PH/7 Hearing Protectors.

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