A Practical Guide to their Design and Operation 

Roger Newnham, C. Eng, FIMech E., Eur. Ing. 

About The Author

Roger Newnham has gained over forty  five years of experience working in the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

Beginning his career in 1973 with Born Heaters Ltd. in Brighton, England, Roger soon furthered his education by graduating

as a mechanical engineer from Brighton University. He then advanced with Born Heaters to become a project engineer and

manager working on direct-fired heater process design, engineering, construction planning, costing, and installation.

In 1980 Roger immigrated to Canada to work with several large oil and gas engineering, procurement, and construction companies. As a senior manager with these companies, he had overall responsibility for the design, engineering, fabrication, and construction of heaters on a wide range of projects both in Canada and abroad, including on New Zealand’s first onshore oil production facility.

In 1987 Roger realized that he wanted to establish his own company, and in January 1988 formed Born Heaters Canada with Harold Born.


As President of Born Heaters Canada, Roger directed his company to develop specific expertise in burner management systems in order to provide clients with design, engineering, and other services related to refractory installation, burner revamps, and the installation and maintenance of direct-fired heaters. As a result, Roger has worked extensively in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia on numerous direct-fired heater applications, with the result that Born Heaters Canada has now completed well in excess of 300 heater projects for clients worldwide.

Roger is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and a Member of Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI). He makes his home in Okotoks, Alberta.