Company History

Trevor Honeyman, the founder and chairman of the Honeyman Group, has spent all of his professional life in the pharmaceutical industry, initially spending 17 years with GSK.

During that time, Trevor experienced life as an analyst in the quality control laboratories, as a process development chemist in the optimisation of vitamin B12 manufacture, and latterly, as a technical development chemist specialising in all aspects of pharmaceutical water systems.

During the 10 years that Trevor spent as a technical development chemist, he developed an influential reputation as a subject expert providing training, advice and guidance within the global group of GSK companies, and to a wide range of external organisations including various regulatory bodies, the PDA and pharmacopoeial agencies.

In 1991, Trevor left GSK to form Honeyman Associates - a specialist consultancy business offering expertise and multi-disciplinary resources in the field of pure water systems to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Over the next few years, Honeyman Associates were involved in many pure water system design and build projects for companies including GSK, (Ware, Barnard Castle, Montrose and Speke), Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, Amersham, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser, and Gerard Laboratories.

Honeyman Associates soon developed a first-class reputation for their water system expertise, and became synonymous with high-quality project delivery, training, validation resources, and laboratory analysis of water for a range of purposes including ongoing monitoring and PQ qualification. The Honeyman name became well known as independent specialists in the field of pharmaceutical water, encompassing everything from raw water to point of use.

As the business expanded, Honeyman Water Ltd was formed (1997) and then accompanied by Honeyman Sterilisation Ltd (1999) following the acquisition of BDR - a well-known specialist sterilisation consultancy business which was headed up by Brian Reeks. This took Honeyman into areas beyond pure water within the pharmaceutical sector. Making use of the common ground, client base, reputation, and the combined consulting experience and market presence of both businesses, training courses were consolidated and the analytical testing capability grew to include a number of supporting microbiological, endotoxin and chemical testing services which provided data of benefit to the site specialists and to clients.

In 2003, the individual Honeyman businesses were consolidated to form Honeyman Group Ltd in order to simplify and streamline the organisation, and to provide a broader platform from which a wider range of pharmaceutical process support services could be launched and developed. In 2004, new offices and a purpose-built training facility were constructed to form Honeyman's UK headquarters, at Harmire Enterprise Park in Barnard Castle. This facility sits alongside the original Honeyman building, which is now a dedicated analytical services laboratory including BIER vessel, with a new engineering/workshop annex being added in 2010.

In late 2011, the Honeyman Group restructured by the appointment of a new board of directors, whose task it was to reshape the business for the future, particularly in response to significant changes in the worldwide pharmaceutical manufacturing sector following the global economic meltdown of 2008/2009. Whilst remaining recognised experts and specialists in water systems and sterilisation processes, the needs and support demands of global pharmaceutical manufacturers had changed, and Honeyman's services needed to be structured to reflect that going forward.

New Managing Director, Tom Honeyman, and Director of Training & Consultancy, Marcus Booth, brought in a new management team and rebalanced the business to reflect changes in the client's needs and especially those of the regulators and rapidly changing compliance environment.

By the end of 2013, the Honeyman Group had expanded its analytical services capability and had obtained an MHRA licence for the testing of finished pharmaceutical products. Training courses had significantly developed in collaboration with a number of associate lecturers from within the industry to provide a much broader offering of subjects via the established Honeyman platform and 'Principles in Practice' course series. Accreditation of some courses and the 'Accredited Specialist' qualification can now be offered in collaboration with the University of Teesside. This is particularly relevant to the requirements for the newly created Subject Matter Experts (SME's) in the industry. Honeyman had also built its first HydroGienic® pure water system at Dechra Pharmaceuticals, paving the way for this new and novel technology to be rolled out as the preferred choice for high purity water systems of the future.

The Honeyman Group is looking forward to celebrating 25 years in business in 2016 and would like to thank all clients, past and present, for their continued support.



Why Honeyman?

  • Established History in purity water and steam systems.
  • We can operate on a 'one stop shop' basis, or supply packages of work to suit.
  • From engineering design to installation management, we cover a wide range of skills.