I completed my Masters Degree in Natural Science at the University of Birmingham, with a specialism in Chemistry (MNatSc (Chem)) in 2000, followed by an MSc in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University in 2001. After leaving university I worked at the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory as a scientist in the equine and canine drug screening unit.
Between 2003 and 2005 I completed a two year training programme at the Grampian Police Forensic Laboratory in Aberdeen to become a forensic document examiner and was authorised by the Secretary of State for Scotland to examine and report handwriting and documents cases.
I have completed training courses in 'Excellence in Report Writing', 'Witness Familiarisation' and 'Cross Examination' organised by Bond Solon.
I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Corresponding member of the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Inc.
I was a registered Forensic Practitioner until the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) was disbanded in 2009.
I have over 15 years' experience as a Forensic Document Examiner, moving from Aberdeen to work at Document Evidence Ltd in Birmingham, which was acquired by Key Forensic Services Ltd in 2008, before becoming a self-employed expert consultant. I have examined in excess of 1000 cases from private and corporate instructions, civil and criminal matters as instructed by legal advisors (including cases where I have acted as a 'Single Joint Expert'), government departments and direct instruction from various UK Police forces. I have also provided evidence for enquiries into media personalities and politicians, including a recent governmental inquiry in Malta.
I have given expert evidence at court on many occasions, attending both magistrates and crown courts all over the UK; I have also given evidence at employment tribunals and civil hearings. I have provided training in relation to the use and interpretation of Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA – a tool utilised by document examiners to assist in detecting writing indentations on paper) on several occasions. This includes a bespoke course designed for and delivered in Madrid to members of the Guardia Civil, the national police force of Spain. I have also acted as trainer and mentor to several newly recruited document examiners during their own postgraduate training.
I appeared on the BBC television programme 'Fake Britain' (season 5 episode 7) as an expert witness, demonstrating the methodology used in a case involving a forged will that was examined by me and subsequently featured in the programme.