Advisory Panel

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Tracy Alexander BA(Hons), MSc - Forensic scientist specialising in cold-case reviews

Tracy Alexander

Tracy graduated from King’s College London with an MSc in forensic science and sits on the council of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

She has worked in forensic science for over 22 years, spending 17 years within the Directorate of Forensic Services at New Scotland Yard as Crime Scene Manager for the Homicide Command and latterly as Head of Forensic Intelligence.

Thereafter she worked for several years as a cold case investigation specialist at LGC Forensics.

Tracy continues to teach post-graduate forensic science at Kings College and University College London and is undertaking a PhD in complex DNA interpretation at the UCL Jill Dando Centre for the Forensic Sciences.

Her current role is Director of Forensic Services for the City of London Police.

Henry Blaxland QC - Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers

Henry Blaxland

Widely recognised a leading criminal silk, Henry Blaxland QC has long-standing experience on the defence side. His practice encompasses homicide and terrorism trials, and he is often instructed in appellate matters. Sources highlight him for his strategic approach and his client care skills. "He is an advocate whom judges pay close attention to because of the quality of his legal submissions."

Ranked in Crime Band 1 by Chambers and Partners 2013: ‘When the "absolutely superb" Henry Blaxland QC is delivering a speech he "completely dominates the courtroom," and judges "utterly trust" him. Sources say he combines "intelligence and experience"

Dr Peter Bull - Forensic scientist specialising in geosciences and fibres

Peter Bull

Peter Bull has been a University of Oxford lecturer for the last 34 years and apart from teaching a lot, his research interests involve working out the origins and different environments of sand silt and mud. Initially this was of great help in geological and archaeological research but for the last 20 years he has concentrated on using these very advanced techniques in forensic investigation.

He has worked on many high profile cases culminating more recently in a number of appeal cases aimed at proving people to be innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. He is the author of many research articles on forensic analysis.

It was Dr Bull’s work which led to the thorough re-examination of the scientific evidence in the Barri White and Keith Hyatt miscarriage of justice case resulting, ultimately, in these wrongful convictions being quashed.

Oliver Cyriax - Specialist in sex offence & child pornography cases

Oliver Cyriax

Oliver Cyriax is probably the most experienced source of advice on legal issues and case management for litigants-in-person involved in child contact, access, residence and custody disputes. He has assisted hundreds of non-resident parents, both mothers and fathers, over many years.

He also specialises in analysing evidence in historic and contemporary child sex offence cases and computer generated evidence in cases involving child pornography. Chris Saltrese is a criminal defence solicitor who specialises in sexual offence cases nationwide. Chris was a lead solicitor in the Waterhouse Tribunal of Inquiry representing teachers and care workers at the Bryn Estyn community home and represented clients at trial and on appeal in a wide range of historic ‘trawls’.

In 2002 he gave evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry on historic investigations into children’s home allegations. His practice extends to all types of sexual and other offences including forensic matters such as DNA, internet and computer evidence and the psychological reliability of testimony.

Raymond Davidson - Forensic Accountant

Raymond Davidson

Raymond is Head of Forensic Accounting at Bartfields and has been providing Forensic Accounting services throughout the UK to solicitors, barristers and the police for over 25 years.

He has considerable experience in dealing with criminal defence matters, particularly fraud investigations, money laundering and confiscation proceedings. Raymond is a member of the Academy of Experts and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Raymond regularly gives evidence in Court and undertakes prison visits.

He is regularly contacted by prisoners or their family/friends to provide advice in relation to appeals against convictions and confiscation orders.

Simon Ford - TV Executive

Simon Ford

Simon spent many years at the BBC working across much of its documentary output, winning two Baftas & three RTS awards.

He was the Executive Producer on the Secret Policeman, the multi-award winning undercover documentary which exposed institutionalised racism within British police and he was the Executive Producer on Rough Justice, the BBC’s long running miscarriage of justice TV series.

Since leaving the BBC he has made programmes with all major broadcasters including Coppers, Fighting on the Frontline for Channel, The Secret of Our Streets for BBC 2 and Our Crime and My Brother the Islamist for BBC 3.

John Kennedy, Head of Digital Forensics

John Kennedy

John Kennedy is Head of Digital Forensics at Key Forensic Services and is the Training Programme Manager for LEVA (LEVA.org) with responsibility for delivery of training in Forensic Video Analysis to UK and European Police CCTV Officers. John has helped pioneer a number of forensic processes involving complex comparison and Reverse Projection work and these are now used by Law Enforcement Agencies all over the world. He has attended LEVA training in Forensic Video Analysis at the FBI Academy at Quantico and at the University of Indianapolis. He has attended as the guest speaker at the at the National FBI Academy in Quantico, at the University of Indianapolis Forensic Video Analysis training Lab and at LEVA training and development conferences in Washington State, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and San Diego.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has sat on their Advisory Panel for Digital Evidence for Public Safety. He is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science.

Eric McGraw - Editor Inside Time newspaper

Eric McGraw

Eric McGraw is a former Director of New Bridge (1986 - 2002) and founder of insidetime.

He previously worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and is the author of several books and publications on the subject of ‘world population growth’ and its impact on poverty, development and the environment.

He is the Managing Editor of insidetime.

Jo Millington BSC (Hons) MSc - Forensic Scientist specialising in blood pattern analysis

Jo Millington

Jo is an experienced scientist renowned for presenting a robust and balanced overview of forensic scientific evidence to the court, in the UK and internationally.

Jo has worked hard to build a solid foundation of expertise and a reputation in the robust evaluation of complex findings and in communicating this in a straightforward manner.

She is committed to knowledge transfer, maintaining a number of collaborative links with academic institutions.

Jo currently holds the position of Senior Forensic Scientist at ArroGen Forensics Ltd. She previously worked within the Specialist Forensic Services division of the Metropolitan Police Service and as a Forensic Specialist with the Forensic Science Service (London).

Jo has both UK and international expertise in Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) interpretation and training and have over 18 years of experience in forensic investigation including hundreds of major and critical incidents.

Dr Ruth Morgan - Forensic scientist

Ruth Morgan

Ruth is the Director of the UCL Jill Dando Centre for the Forensic Sciences. The Centre seeks to facilitate a network of UCL academics from a wide range of different disciplines and departments to enable a strategic and multidisciplinary research programme in collaboration with external partners and forensic science stakeholders.

She is also a Senior Lecturer at UCL Security and Crime Science and her research is focussed around the role of physical evidence in the detection of crime. Her research has been presented at a number of international conferences and appeared in New Scientist and the press.

Correna Platt - Criminal law solicitor

Correna Platt

After graduating from Loughborough University with a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Correna undertook professional exams at the College of Law in Chester and qualified as a criminal solicitor in 1996.

Correna had the privilege of training under Campbell Malone and is committed to challenging miscarriages of justice. She is a partner and head of Appeals at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, specialising in miscarriages of justice and serious criminal cases at the Crown Court.

Correna and her team have achieved a significant number of referrals to the Court of Appeal from the Criminal Case Review Commission and have conducted a large number of successful appeals against conviction and sentence.

Correna is the secretary of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association and a member of the Inside Justice Advisory Panel.

Dr Ann Priston OBE, BSc, PhD, FFSSoc., JP - Forensic scientist specialising in fibre work

Ann Priston

Dr Priston is President of the Forensic Science Society. During her early career she worked on DNA synthesis in the Nobel Prize winning team at Kings College London.

She joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1970 and became a case reporting officer dealing with most biological evidence until eventually specialising in the examination of textile fibres. For 10 years she concentrated on cases involving PIRA activity on the mainland and was recently given a (rarely awarded to civilians) Commissioner’s Commendation for her contribution to the investigation into terrorism on the Greek mainland over the last 30 years.

She has worked on cases from N. Ireland, Gibraltar, Malta, Antigua, Athens, Cyprus, Turkey, Norway, Bermuda, Barbados, Italy, Germany, and Canada. She has delivered training presentations to the Forensic Science Service, the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy and the University of Sussex.

She is also a visiting lecturer at King’s College London teaching graduates studying for a Masters degree in Forensic Science and a tutor for the Inner Temple Advocacy Master Class. For many years Dr Priston designed and ran training days for Judges of the London Crown Courts, the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Dr Priston holds the Freedom of the City of London and in March 1998 was invested with the order of OBE for services to the Home Office. She was appointed to the bench at Richmond -upon-Thames magistrates’ court on 2004.

His Honour John Samuels QC

His Honour John Samuels QC

His Honour John Samuels QC is a retired Circuit Judge, having sat either part-time or full-time for 27 years in the Crown Court (including 16 years as a deputy High Court judge prior to his full-time appointment.) He was Chairman of the Criminal Committee of the Council of Circuit judges; and sat in the Central Criminal Court and other London Crown Courts. He was a judicial member of the Parole Board for his maximum tenure of 10 years.

In retirement he has continued to be involved with criminal justice issues: he is President of Prisoners Education Trust, has chaired the Criminal Justice Alliance; is a Vice President of Unlock, AMIMB and Tempus Novo; is a Patron of Prisoners Advice Service; and has served as a trustee of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and the Howard League for Penal Reform. He has been a visiting Professor at Nottingham Law School since 2012.

Louise Shorter - Journalist specialising in criminal justice issues

Louise Shorter

Louise Shorter chairs Inside Justice Advisory Panel meetings. She was a Producer of BBC’s long running investigative TV series Rough Justice for 10 years before setting up this Inside Justice.

Louise is on the Board of Directors of Inside Time and was a consultant to the Guardian’s Justice on Trial website when it was launched.

Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court - Forensic Scientist specialising in DNA analysis

Denise Syndercombe-Court

Denise is a highly respected scientist, academic, statistician and published author with over twenty years’ experience in laboratory research, evidential examination and is a court-going accredited expert witness, giving evidence in court on many occasions over the last fifteen years. Her appointment as a Reader in Forensic Genetics at King’s College London has allowed her to teach forensic genetics to undergraduate and post-graduate students and supervise those undertaking research for their doctorates.

She leads an ISO17025 Ministry of Justice accredited laboratory that specialises in human relationships. She is a blood pattern expert and statistician. She is a member of several professional societies (Biochemical Society, British Academy of Forensic Science, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Forensic Science Society, Institute of Biological and Medical Sciences, International Society of Forensic Genetics, Royal Statistical Society and the Society of Biology), represents the UK on the European DNA profiling group and is the International Society of Forensic Genetics representative to the Forensic Regulator.

Since 2002 her group has been the UK partner, with other European Forensic Institutes, undertaking research in the forensic arena: STADNAP, SNPforID and EuroforGen, presenting her research and attending relevant International meetings.

Peter Wilcock QC - Barrister

Peter Wilcock

Peter Wilcock specialises in criminal defence including regular appellate work, civil actions against the police, inquests and mental health. Peter’s criminal work has encompassed the full range of serious offences from terrorism to professional crime and fraud.

Since taking silk in 2012 Peter has been instructed in two murder trials, the Birmingham riots trial (during which it was alleged the defendants attempted to shoot down a police helicopter), two cases of rape and child cruelty, and an allegation of preparing for acts of terrorism. In addition, he has acted in a number of high-profile criminal appeals including the case of Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon. Peter continues to accept instructions to advise in relation to criminal appeals and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). In November 2012 he gave a key-note address to the 7th Annual conference of the UK Innocence Projects.