After obtaining his Doctorate in the chemistry of Reactive Dye Interactions, Cliff worked as a product development chemist for firms specialising in printing inks and decoration materials. Following a period working in information technology, he joined one of the major international petroleum and chemical inspections companies in the late 1980s. He was involved in load/discharge surveys and quality control for cargoes of crude oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals and LPG. He also investigated contamination and shortage claims, on both ship and shore terminals.
Cliff joined MTD in 1993, has attended incidents world wide on behalf of insurers, solicitors and ship owners, and has developed expertise in the design of mitigation strategies based on chemical treatment and / or blending. He has acted as an expert witness.