He is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Chemistry and a Master of Science (MSc) in Crystallography. He was a Registered Forensic Practitioner with the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) until its dissolution in 2009. He has been employed as a forensic scientist since 1979 both in the public and private service. He joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (now the Forensic Science Service, London) in the chemistry section where he reported on numerous cases as a court going officer. In 1989 He transferred internally to the specialist Fire Investigation Unit. He resigned from the FSS in 1996 and took up post with West Yorkshire Police as a Forensic Science Manager. He is now an independent forensic scientist and he has accepted commissions from police, lawyers, corporate and private clients.
Member of BAHID (British Association for Human Identification) 2010
Member Academy of Experts
RFP, 2005 - 2009
Member Forensic Science Society, 1987
MSc Crystallography, 1981
BSc Applied Chemistry, 1978
Since 1989 he has specialised in the investigation of fires, explosions and related matters and carried out over 1000 examinations of this type. Many of these have been high profile or sensitive cases, such as the examination of the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992 and the PIRA incendiary campaign in the early ‘90s.
His other areas of expertise includes the examination and comparison of many types of materials including glass, paint, footwear marks and toolmarks.
He has trained other forensic scientists, scenes of crime officers, police and fire brigade personnel. He also lectures in forensic science at Staffordshire University, where he is an Honorary Fellow and Manchester University. He is also an external examiner with Sheffield Hallam University.
He is a member of the Academy of Experts, The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the Forensic Science Society and the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID). He is listed with the National Police Improvement Agency (formerly National Crime Faculty) as an accredited expert