My academic career started in 1999 at Oxford University, where I researched the autoimmune aspects of epilepsy. I then kicked off my forensic science career by joining the Home Office Forensic Science Service where I worked as a Forensic Biology Reporting Officer having acquired Expert Witness status in 2003. Following the marketisation of the forensic sector whereby the FSS was privatised, I left and took up an academic position at the University of Huddersfield, where I was a Subject Area Leader (Associate Professor) for Forensic Sciences. During this time, I transformed the forensic science provision at Huddersfield, including the design and delivery of a postgraduate suite of forensic science courses.
In 2017, I joined Staffordshire University as Head of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.
In my personal life, I am married with 2 boys and a dog. I also a black belt Ju Jitsu instructor, qualified scuba diver and free diver.
Professional memberships and activities
- I am a Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education (SFHEA)
- I am a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
I am also full member of the
- International Society of Forensic Genetics
- International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
- BSc (Hons) Physiology – University of Leeds (1995-1998)
- MSc Neurosciences – King’s College London (1998-1999)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Higher Education) – University of Huddersfield – 2008
- Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) “Identification and Resolution of Capability Gaps in Forensic Science” – University of Huddersfield – 2012
- 30 Credits Postgraduate Module – Criminal Law – University of Huddersfield 2011
My research expertise lies in Body Fluid Identification, DNA interpretation, and Forensic Epigenetics.
My forensic expertise is in Body Fluid Evidence, Interpretation of DNA Profiles, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and Clothing Damage Evidence. I have produced over 500 expert witness statements and reports and I have given evidence in courts of law in both England and Wales.
In addition, I have provided Expert Witness training to international forensic scientists (whereby they have been called to give evidence in England, despite being from other countries).
I have expertise in delivering Criminal Law as pertaining to forensic scientists, expert witnesses and expert evidence.
I have particular research interests in Forensic Epigenetics, especially relating to microRNA and DNA methylation.
I have also research interests in clothing damage analysis.
Enterprise and commercial interests
I have substantial enterprise and commercial experience, working with various companies and agencies with knowledge transfer, advice, and evaluating their practices.
My teaching expertise includes various aspects of forensic genetics and body fluids, especially mixture calculations.
I am also a leading expert in relation to the interpretation of forensic findings, using Bayes Theorem and the Case Assessment and Interpretation model.
I am also experienced in delivering forensics to law and law to forensics.
I currently teach on
- Expert Witness and the Legal System
- Methods of Crime Detection
- Science of Crime Detection
- Forensic Science and the Law