Simon has been a forensic scientist since 1986 and carries out examination involving footwear marks, tool marks, physical fit, glass, paint and other particulates, producing reports and statements for courts. Simon has given evidence in crown courts, magistrate’s courts and county courts in relation to the casework undertaken.
Simon also has experience in photography and footwear mark enhancement work including the lifting of marks and has also attended scenes to enhance footwear marks in blood. He has also trained other members of staff in photography and other evidence types as well as given training to scenes of crime officers in relation to footwear mark and tool mark recovery.
Dr Alexander Richard Allan is a very experienced Forensic Toxicologist. He has a BSc, a PhD, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist, and was certified as a Registered Forensic Practitioner before the CRFP was discontinued. He commenced his forensic career in 1974 at the Home Office Forensic Science Central Research Establishment at Aldermaston doing research into mass spectrometry and developing information technology. He then worked for the operational arm of the Forensic Science Service as a Senior Reporting Forensic Toxicologist at their Huntingdon, Aldermaston and London laboratories until 1998, when he left to help found Forensic Alliance. At Forensic Alliance he was head of the Toxicology Department and latterly Merit Scientist. He also undertook research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. As well as a consultant forensic scientist for MFL, he is a Director of Triple A Forensics. He has handled thousands of toxicology cases, a significant number of which have been complex and high-profile cases. He has undertaken work on behalf of the prosecution and the defence, as well as in Civil cases and for HM Coroners, both in the UK and abroad.
Dr Allan has had several scientific papers and articles published; and has lectured at many scientific meetings and conferences on various aspects of forensic toxicology. He has undertaken scoping exercises on toxicological laboratories abroad and carried out training for Forensic Toxicologists.
He is a founding member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT), a member of TIAFT (The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists) and of LTG (formerly the London Toxicology Group).
Dr Allan handles most types of cases involving alcohol, drugs of abuse, medicines, poisons and noxious substances in a Forensic context.
Bob Ardrey joined the Central Research Establishment of the Forensic Science Service in 1974 where he was responsible for the development of methods for the analysis of drugs and their metabolites.
Bob joined the University of Huddersfield in 1990 where he led the team that developed the Forensic and Analytical Science degree course. He retired in 2007 and was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow within the Forensic Science Research Unit at the University where he maintains his involvement in forensic science research. Bob continues to be involved in the training of forensic scientists, teaching on the academic courses at Huddersfield and also by the provision of bespoke courses on drug related matters.
Bob has provided many expert witness reports on issues such as the interpretation of trace drug contamination found on banknotes, on mobile telephones and in motor vehicles, the profiling of drug seizures, the determination and interpretation of drug purity data and the legal classification of designer drugs such as the former “legal highs”.
Kendall brings a unique breadth of experience to our team having worked at three of the major Forensic Science Providers in the UK. She began her forensic career at the FSS in London as Biology Examiner, where she was part of the Homicide and Violent Crime team working on large complex cases and was given an integral role in the FSS closure programme. From there she moved to LGC Forensics where she developed her biology and fibre examination skills further. Alongside casework she contributed to the wider function and delivered a bespoke practical fibres training package as part of LGC Forensics Libyan Student Program and represented her department on a company-wide project to standardise and streamline the process for returning exhibits.
After a short time at Cellmark Forensic Services, Kendall joined MFL in May 2013 as a Forensic Examiner where she is now responsible for the management of our DNA-controlled laboratory and the forensic examination of items for biological evidence including footwear submitted from Police Forces under the Framework. Kendall continues to contribute to the wider scientific development of the MFL laboratory and is working on our project associated with extending the scope of our existing ISO 17025 accreditation.
Whilst completing her MSc in Forensic Archaeology, Kendall gained a keen interest in Entomology and will develop her knowledge of this area here with us at MFL.
Rachel is a highly experienced botanist, having a specialist interest in woodland scene interpretation. She has worked with plants for many years and has worked for a number of Police forces throughout Britain and NI, as well as giving evidence in court. Rachel has also worked with solicitors and barristers, assisting in reviewing cases for the defence when requested.
We regularly call on Rachel’s skills in any cases with a horticultural aspect, as well as in any case involving forensic palynology (pollen) where she collects appropriate samples and conducts vegetation surveys.
David started at New Scotland Yard in 1979, during this time he worked on a large number of Teams covering areas such as Fraud, Burglary and Anti-Terrorism. In 1989 he moved to Northamptonshire and soon became the Head of Fingerprint Bureau for Northamptonshire Police and later the Head of Fingerprint Services, line managing the Fingerprint Bureau and the Chemical Development Laboratory. He has undertaken the examination of many hundreds of crime scenes, both for Northamptonshire Police and the Metropolitan Police and is a trained Crime Scene Manager.
Since 2008 David has been working in the independent sector as an Expert Witness, He also lectures at a major University and has recently undertaken a project in Nigeria for the UNODC. During 2011 David has produced reports that have led him to attend Court and give evidence in both Nigeria – on an electoral matter, and in Hong Kong for a case of alleged bribery.
Huw joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (MPFSL) in 1984 and, was transferred to the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in 1996 upon merger of those two organisations. Huw has practised as a Consultant Forensic Scientist since December 2011. He joined MFL . in February 2013.
Huw has worked on complex and sensitive high-profile investigations in the UK and overseas, providing expert-witness testimony for over 25 years. He has worked on cases involving Terrorism, Murder, Armed-Robberies, Suspicious Death, Internal Police Investigations and those involving the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Huw’s International work has included scene work in Kosovo for the United Nations, investigating War Crimes indictments prepared by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Additionally as well as attending numerous scenes and post mortem examinations across the UK he has carried out scene and post mortem examinations in Afghanistan and Germany and has been involved in the investigations of the deaths of UK military personnel and other UK nationals in the Middle-east and Iraq. Huw is regularly called upon to give expert testimony in Crown, Magistrates’, Coroner’s Courts and Courts-martial, often in high-profile forensic investigations.
As a senior scientist and team leader within the FSS, Huw was responsible overseeing continuous professional development for his staff. He developed and delivered firearms training courses for students of all levels, to train scientists in the techniques used and acquaint senior police officers and others with the benefits that Forensic Science can deliver to an investigation.
Huw helped develop and refine the FSS firearms team’s operational procedures to obtain and maintain the department’s ISO accreditation and would liaise with groups from within the FSS and external organisations such as UKAS; he was firearms lead on the development, testing and implementation of the National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database (NFFID).
Dr Hamilton graduated from Medical School in Dundee 1998 and spent two years in clinical medicine, mainly in Newcastle-uponTyne, before moving into histopathology in Manchester in 2000. He then moved back to Newcastle to train in forensic pathology in 2003 and was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in forensic pathology 2008 and joined the Home Office Register of Forensic Pathologists shortly afterward. He spent three years in this capacity in the North East of England before being appointed Deputy Chief Forensic Pathologist for the East Midlands.
He performs autopsies in cases of suspicious death and provides expert opinion on the nature and causation of injuries, both in the living and the dead. As such, he spends a considerable amount of time providing expert testimony in various courts. He has performed around 3000 autopsies ranging from simple sudden and unexpected deaths to complex multiple homicides, and regularly teaches on aspects of forensic pathology and has provided expert comment for various newspaper articles and TV programmes, and has provided advice on forensic matters to various TV dramas.
Allen Hirson, a Senior Lecturer in Phonetics at City University in London has worked on around 1100 cases involving evidential speech recordings over a 23 year period, and has given evidence at all levels from Magistrates to the International Criminal Court and International Commissions of Enquiry (e.g. in a case of a cockpit voice recorder). He is Lecturer in Phonetics and Director of the Speech Acoustics Laboratory at this institution. He is also a Founder Member of the professional association overseeing Forensic Phonetics internationally (the IAFPA) and a serving member of the Board of Governors of the Expert Witness Institute. Work includes telephone recordings, covert recordings, handling matters of speaker identification, speech decoding and other matters. He has worked on some 21 languages other than English where he has collaborated with appropriate language specialists. As an independent forensic scientist he works roughly equally for the Prosecution and the Defence.
Lynne’s professional career in forensic casework began in 1997 at the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in London where she was started life in the DNA unit analysing and interpreting both PACE and crime stains. In 1999, she was heavily involved in the validation of the new SGM Plus profiling technique before moving across to become a biologist, where she added the examination of body fluids to her knowledge of DNA profiling.
Moving to LGC Forensics in 2003, Lynne was employed as a Lead scientist and became the DNA technical lead for Teddington, sitting on the DNA interpretation team which derived the DNA reporting guidelines for the company. Lynne was also an integral member of a team of highly experienced scientists who acted as specialist advisors for sexual offences to both scientists within the company and also external customers. In 2013 Lynne joined the multi-faceted team at ArroGen Forensics.
Over her career, Lynne has been involved in hundreds of multi-disciplinary forensic investigations, largely comprising complex sexual offence cases which often involved specialist DNA profiling techniques. She has reported all aspects of forensic biology including body fluid interpretation, blood pattern analysis (BPA) and DNA interpretation, including specialist DNA techniques. Lynne has given expert scientific evidence in courts across England for the prosecution and defence.
James joined MFL in November 2012 having been employed by West Yorkshire Police as a Forensic Marks Analyst specialising in the examination of footwear and related marks since 2002. Having trained initially in West Yorkshire Police with The Forensic Science Service (FSS) he has built upon this with training overseas with W.J. Bodziak in 2003 and the NPIA footwear Specialist Training Programme. During his extensive experience of footwear casework he has developed various skills through courses and casework. These include full crime scene training (SOCO) and attendance at multiple major crime scenes in the capacity of a footwear examiner, chemical enhancement techniques (FERRT) and its application for footwear evidence, including major scene work and body examination. He also attended the Cardiff University/Bond Solon certified Expert Witness Training. Throughout his career he has engaged in training and provided awareness of his specialist evidence type, in the form of presentations and practical workshops, to a varied audience both internally and externally. He has also assisted the National Policing Improvement Agency in the development and implementation of both the National Footwear Database and The National Footwear Specialist Learning programme, on which he has acted as a facilitator during its delivery to students.
Dr Sarah Jacob is a chemistry specialist with over 12 years’ experience in marks and trace evidence, including 11 years as a Reporting Scientist at the London Laboratory of The Forensic Science Service. Her fields of expertise include footwear, tyre and glove marks, glass, paint, lachrymators, noxious chemicals, sexual lubricants, miscellaneous liquid and particulate traces. Sarah has worked on numerous cases including complex murder, terrorist and other serious high profile cases. She has prepared and presented expert forensic chemistry evidence in courts of all types including the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).
Sarah is also an experienced forensic trainer having devised and delivered numerous training courses in marks and trace evidence for police, the armed forces and foreign law enforcement agencies. Most recently she spent 5 weeks training forensic scientists at The Government Chemist Laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been invited to contribute to the teaching on a number of BSc and MSc forensic science courses including London South Bank University, London Metropolitan University and University of Abertay, Dundee. Her lectures cover analytical techniques and all aspects of scene examination, laboratory examination and interpretation relating to marks and trace evidence.
Jo’s professional experience in forensic casework began in 1996 at the Lothian & Borders Police laboratory in Edinburgh and largely continued with the UK’s Forensic Science Service (FSS), where she was employed as a Forensic Specialist within the Homicide and Major and Critical Incident Division and was Blood/BPA Quality Lead in London. She transferred from the FSS to Specialist Forensics Services in the Metropolitan Police Service before joining our multi-faceted team at MFL as our Senior Biologist.
Over the years, Jo has been involved in the multi-disciplinary forensic investigation of hundreds of major and critical incidents, predominantly as lead scientist in complex, sensitive investigations or cold case review. She has reported all aspects of forensic biology including scene examination, blood pattern analysis (BPA), luminol application and DNA interpretation. Jo has collaborated with a wide range of practitioners across the criminal justice system and has given expert scientific evidence, including in many high-profile forensic investigations, in courts across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the prosecution and defence.
Jo has developed a reputation and respect as a customer-focused professional and approaches all aspects of her work conscientiously and with balance, reporting technically complex findings in a straightforward and rigorous manner and assists the customer in putting the science into context.
Her specialism and passion is in BPA, a field which she has developed an expanding expertise since her formative training with Miami Dade Police in 1998. She was a key member of the FSS’s training team and continues to design, develop and deliver BPA training nationally and internationally to a broad spectrum of practitioners. Jo is regarded as an authority in this area and is regularly invited to contribute at national and international forums. She holds visiting lectureships in BPA, crime scene and forensic Science at Kings College London (KCL), Bournemouth University and the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences on their undergraduate and postgraduate Forensic programs. Jo has an active research interest that she maintains through post-graduate supervision, and collaboration with various academic institutions and she has developed a blood substitute for use in forensic teaching.
With Jo on board, MFL are in a unique position, within the UK in particular, to offer a full range of BPA training programs, from Awareness to Advanced training courses that cover both scene- and lab-based applications. The training courses that we offer meet the required international standard outlined by SWGSTAIN. Critically each course can be adapted on an individual basis to reflect the requirements of your agency. For general information on the courses available, see our training page or contact MFL directly for bespoke requirements.
John worked for the Forensic Science Service for more than 30 years. He was a Reporting Officer for many years, dealing with all aspects of body fluid examinations, including blood pattern analysis, and also fibre examinations. During that period, he attended many homicide scenes and reported a number of high profile cases. John then moved into management and eventually became Operations Manager at the FSS site at Chepstow. Following closure of the FSS, John joined MFL Forensics where is responsible for all aspects of Operations and Service Delivery.
Dr Sandiford has worked as an independent forensic science consultant since 1998. She works with MFL as a Forensic Palynologist (pollen expert). Her research background is in geology, palynology and geochemistry and she continues her research in forensic palynology with a top forensic microfossil expert. She also has significant expertise in marks/impressions, glass, drugs, drug traces and alcohol-related casework. She is a company director based in New Zealand, which is one of the main countries leading forensic palynology.
David has been a practising forensic scientist for over 37 years. He joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (MPFSL, later the London laboratory of the Forensic Science Service) in 1974 as a biologist, examining body fluids and undertaking blood grouping.
In 1986 he transferred internally to the Fire Investigation Unit, the first biologist to do so, where he investigated many suspicious fires and gas/vapour explosions. He later became a Specialist Adviser (serious crime) then moved back into biology work, retraining in DNA profiling techniques. After a period as a team leader he transferred to the FSS Chepstow Laboratory and continued his work in management, body fluids, blood pattern analysis, DNA and fibres and became the laboratory’s lead scientist for fire investigation. In 2010 he became an independent consultant.
David has also undertaken critical laboratory reviews in Canada and the USA, and has trained police officers, scenes of crime officers, fire service personnel and others in various aspects of forensic science. David has been involved in mentoring and coaching other scientists including new recruits in reporting and court presentation skills.
Before joining MFL, Kay worked as part of a national firearms team covering all of Scotland. Her current role comprises the forensic examination of firearms, firearm related items and damage and involves; the examination and interpretation of crime scenes, attendance of post mortem examinations, preparation of court reports and court attendance when required. In 2009 Kay was involved in the successful implementation of the NaBIS (National Ballistic Intelligence Service) in Scotland.
Kay is also a drugs reporting scientist and has previously worked as a Casework Co-ordinator where it was her role to prioritise the high level of case work, disseminating it amongst the remaining members of the team to facilitate the most efficient reporting. A large proportion of urgent casework requires quick and effective liaison between police officers, procurator fiscals and other crime agencies. The remaining work of the section in which she worked was the day to day analysis of productions by a variety of techniques including GC-MS, HPLC, TLC, GC-FID and GC-NPD.
Mr Tremain holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in science (1998). Between 1977 and 1999 he was employed by the Department of Forensic Medicine, Guy’s Hospital Medical School firstly as a Senior Laboratory Scientific Officer and then promoted to Chief Scientific Officer. In 1999 he set up his own company which produces body mapping in 2D and 3D at the request of Judges, Barristers, CPS Case Workers, Murder, Investigation Teams within the Police Force nationwide and at the request of the Forensic Pathologist, weapon and wound overlay and animation of patterned injuries (in excess of 500 cases). From 2001 he has also worked as a Consultant with the National Injuries Database based at the NPIA at Wyboston Lakes. He is involved on a weekly basis in case analysis and discussion within specialist meeting, enhancement of the Database programme and advising on patterned injury and wounding. His technological expertise includes histology, diatomology, research into seminal staining, national injuries database, weapon and wound overlay and forensic graphic design.
Diatomology is one of his special areas of interest and expertise, he held the position of Chief Scientific Officer at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London for thirty-five years and, during that time, performed investigations for diatoms in several hundred cases. Many such samples came from the human organs of drowned individuals taken from the River Thames, and involved murders and suspicious deaths, in addition to suicides and accidental deaths. This facilitated a very thorough and extensive grounding in the numerous types of diatoms found in various circumstances and conditions, including freshwater (rivers, lakes), brackish water (tidal water – freshwater and seawater as found in estuaries and as far as London Bridge) and seawater samples. During his career, he also became a member of a specialist Diatomology Group of scientists, who regularly met to discuss the technical methods and standards used in the detection of diatoms in human organs, in order to advance the methodology and excellence of the discipline.
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