Brief Summary of the professional experience of Mr. S Bourne:

  • Have been in flooring trade for over 38 years

  • Served apprenticeship in installation of flooring

  • Contractor self employed for over 20 years

  • Former President of the NICF

  • NICF Master fitter Diploma

  • Technical & Training Director for the British Wood Flooring Association

  • Held head of technical & training for the UK for various wood flooring manufacturers

  • Worked in the manufacturing process of wood flooring in USA and Europe.

  • Received specialised training in kiln drying.

  • Wood Science passes with distinction

  • Wood Science member

  • Regular writer on Q&A for leading trade magazine for several years

  • Adviser to trade on problem installations

  • NVQ assessor in wood flooring

  • NVQ qualified in installation of wood flooring

  • Registered member of the Expert witness institute

  • Member of Society of Wood Science and Technology

  • Produced hundreds of inspection reports over the years

I am involved on a daily basis talking to and advising people in the wood flooring industry, and if required, specification of product and installation. I am recognised in the industry as a leading expert in wood and hold the position of training & technical director for the BWFA. My role is to give technical advice to members and non members and also the general public. My other role is training installers in the industry installation of wood flooring and also sand & finish training along with technical education on wood. I am also responsible for writing the pilot scheme apprenticeship in wood flooring.

Work Undertaken

- Visiting sites to carry out independent inspection of failed flooring

- The preparation of written reports for possible legal action

- Identifying the cause of failed flooring & suggesting solutions

- Expert witness services
- Dispute resolutions
- Consultancy services
- Floor specification guides and training
- Technical advice

- Onsite training for sales staff and installers

- Bespoke training to retailers, manufacturers and distributors

- Moisture testing
- Sub floor preparation courses
- Slip resistance testing / Risk assessments