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Lea CFD Associates Ltd.
12 Sheraton Way
SK17 6FA
United Kingdom

tel: +44 (0)1298 767552

email Dr Chris Lea

Lea CFD Associates Ltd.  

Professional Affiliations, Qualifications and Career History

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Chartered Engineer NAFEMS
  • Member of the Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist
  • Corporate Member of NAFEMS, member of NAFEMS CFD Working Group
  • Professional Simulation Engineer Founding Member, NAFEMS
  • Industrial Advisory Board member, Dept. of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester
  • Member of International Association of Fire Safety Science


  • BSc, 1st class (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, UMIST
  • MSc by research, Mechanical Engineering, UMIST
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UMIST

Career history

In 1992, Chris joined the UK's health & safety regulator, HSE, to develop, manage and lead the CFD team in its Health & Safety Laboratory. The direction, oversight and technical control of the activities of this team were Chris' responsibilities, including business development, project and staff management. Since 2004 Chris has been providing independent consultancy and expert witness services in CFD and other fluid flow modelling techniques, specialising in health and safety applications – in particular major hazards in the nuclear, chemical and offshore industries.

Early career

Chris first gained experience in CFD in the Aerospace sector, following graduation as a Mechanical Engineer from UMIST. He returned to academia to undertake an experimental MSc by research, generating data for CFD model validation. In this Chris gained important hands-on experience in a range of flow measurement techniques, as well as rig commissioning. It provides him with a firm foundation for advising on experimental design for CFD validation.

He then took up a post of research assistant and subsequently gained his PhD in CFD from UMIST. This research provided him with in-depth knowledge of the physical and numerical basis of industrial CFD.


Lea CFD Associates Limited are a private company No. 5201608, registered in England and Wales incorporated under the Companies Act 1985

Registered Office: Bullock Woodburn, Norfolk House, Hardwick Square North, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6PU



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