Our People

Peter James


From 1984 – 1987 Peter studied at Leicester Polytechnic, graduating with a 2:1 degree in Engineering Technology, with emphasis on Energy Options. After a couple of years as a freelance Energy Consultant undertaking energy surveys, in 1988 Peter joined EUS Ltd. a company specialising in emissions monitoring. EUS Ltd. were part of the FEC group of companies, and in 1995 Peter was part of a management buyout, which took EUS Ltd. out from the FEC umbrella. During this early period, in addition to his new responsibilities as a director and shareholder in the company, which included liaising with bankers and accountants, he was also responsible for overseeing, scheduling, checking and signing off, of all project work handled by the company.

He successfully negotiated 2 emissions monitoring contracts with The Environment Agency and over a 5 year period acted as Project Manager in the execution of those contracts. Peter has first hand experience of working and cooperating with both the EA and it’s Scottish equivalent, SEPA. He is well versed with the maintenance and implementation of both UKAS and ISO9000 quality systems.

During his time at EUS Peter gained experience on state of the art incineration plants as well as waste to energy and CHP Schemes. In 2000 he relinquished his shares in a management buy-out of EUS and decided to seek new challenges. Having always retained contact with Arthur Dobbin from his early days in the combustion industry, they decided to form a new company and Combustion Solutions was born in the summer of 2002.

Arthur has since retired in June 2011, and Peter has become the Managing Director and majority shareholder in the company.

Andy Hamer

Service & Operations Manager

Following a seven year apprenticeship in the aircraft industry, Andy joined a large manufacturer of cremation equipment in the North West in 1989 as a project engineer, before being made redundant in 1996. He then secured employment with another North West cremator manufacturer, again as a project engineer. He was in charge of a number of major installations including Wakefield, Pontefract and Blackpool crematoria. During this period Andy studied Health and Safety at Work and still retains the MIOSH qualification to the present day. During the next two years he was the project engineer in charge of the installation of 10 cremators, at various locations, for the then largest private cremation company in the UK.

Andy then joined a new private company, well established in the incineration industry, which was looking to bring its successful business model of independent servicing, into the cremator industry. Andy was used to spearhead the operation and help to break the 'cartel' system with which the industry had become accustomed. 

Andy joined Combustion Solutions at the launch of the company in 2002. His experience and operational knowledge has proved invaluable in helping the new company to establish itself in a relatively short period of time. In addition to his servicing duties Andy has been involved in the development of the Combustion Solutions 'OPTO' control system. The system has proved successful by being the first of it's kind to provide all drawings, access codes and software to the client on handover, something which his past experience with other manufactures had shown him was much needed in the cremator industry.

His close association with Combustion Solutions co-operation partner DFW Europe and his knowledge of their products, meant he was heavily involved in the company's introduction of the DFW range of cremators and filtration systems, already successful throughout the EU, to the UK.