Dr. Michael Stockdale

Dr Michael Stockdale is Director of the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies and Director of Staff and Building Development in the School of Law at Northumbria University, where he has lectured since 1983. He has taught evidence since 1986 and written numerous books, articles and other publications in the fields of criminal and civil evidence. He currently teaches criminal and civil evidence on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the LLB (Hons) Full Time, Part Time and Open Learning programmes, the LLB (Hons)/M Law Exempting Degree, the BSc in Forensic Science and the LLM's in Medical Law and Child Care. He is frequently consulted on evidential issues both by practising barristers and by supervisors/firms within the Law School's Student Law Office (which deals with a live client caseload).

Dr. Raymond Arthur

Raymond Arthur graduated with a BA (Hons) in Law & European Studies and an LLM degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Dr Raymond Arthur completed his PhD on family life and youth offending behaviour at the School of Law, University of Birmingham in 2003.This work examined the state's obligations to protect the welfare of children and prevent youth offending under domestic and international law and developed the argument that all young people have a legal right to the provision of youth crime preventive support and services. Since then he has published two sole authored monographs, chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on issues related to the delivery of justice for children and families, the complex linkage between parenting and youth offending and the extent to which the youth justice system in England and Wales protects children's human rights in the light of international best practice. He has previously worked at Teesside University, the Open University and the University of Limerick.

Professor Chris Ashford

Chris joined Northumbria School of Law in May 2013 as Professor of Law and Society. He is Deputy Editor and Editor-Designate of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education (published by Routledge) and a member of the editorial board of Porn Studies (published by Routledge), to be launched in Spring 2014. He has previously guest edited special issues of Sexualities, Liverpool Law Review, the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues and Information & Communications Technology Law. He is Vice Chair of the Association of Law teachers, and Secretary and Social Media Officer of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. Chris is also a member of the Centre for Sex Work Research and Policy, the Scottish LGBT and Sexualities Network, the Onscenity network, and the Global Alliance for Justice Education.

Chris has published widely on the area of law and sexuality and legal education, engaging with a range of criminal justice issues. A queer theorist; his research explores the intersection of law, sexuality and technology and has focused upon the phenomena of public sex, male for male sex work and more recently, barebacking. He has advised LGBT community and health groups, the NHS, Police and UK Parliament. Pink News - the most read British gay news service - named Chris as 26th in the top 50 Twitter users who influenced LGBT lives the most in 2011. Chris regularly presents his research in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and continental Europe.

Dr. Mohamed Badar

Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar joined Northumbria School of Law as a Reader in comparative and international criminal law in July 2013. He previously held a position as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Brunel Law School, London. He has also taught and acted as a convenor of Islamic Law module at Durham Law School.

Dr. Badar served as Senior Prosecutor and Judge in Egypt from 1997-2006. He also served as a senior Police investigator in Egypt (1991-1997). He was a member (investigator) of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of human rights violations during the civil unrest in Bahrain in February/March 2011. He had the opportunity to work as a consultant and expert for the United Nations Interregional Crimes and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Dr. Badar holds a PhD in comparative and international criminal law from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a first class honours LL.M. degree in international human rights from the same university, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and a Bachelor of Police Sciences from the Police College, Police Academy, Cairo, and a Diploma in international legal relations from Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Dr. Badar is the author of The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart, 2013) and has published 20 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books. His work was cited and quoted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the United Nations International Law Commission, the Supreme Court of Argentina and by distinguished scholars.

Dr. Badar is Member of the Editorial Board and Reviewer of the International Criminal Law Review (ICLR), the International Human Rights Law Review (IHRLR); and the Frontiers of Law in China.

Research Interests
Dr. Badar main research and teaching interests are in international and comparative criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights, post-conflict justice and Islamic legal tradition.

Jonathan Bainbridge  

Jonathan Bainbridge is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Northumbria University. He is a solicitor (now non-practicing) and teaches Business Law and Practice, Sales, Acquisitions and Corporate Finance on the Legal Practice Course and the LLB (Hons)/M Law Exempting degree. He has taught both criminal and civil evidence to undergraduates. He is interested in the implications for professionals of money laundering regime under both the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, the Money Laundering Regulations 2003 and the consultation about the new Money Laundering Regulations 2007 implementing the 3rd Money Laundering Directive.

John Bates

John Bates is a practising solicitor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Northumbria University. He currently teaches tort, civil litigation and evidence on the LLB (Hons)/M Law Exempting degree and tort on the LLB (Hons) and GDL/CPE programmes.  He also teaches the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation option on the Bar Professional Training Course. Before joining the School of Law, John spent several years in private practice and was a director/partner in a leading Peterborough law firm, where his practice focussed on personal injury and employment litigation.  He is a supervisor in the Student Law Office at Northumbria.

Professor Chrisje Brants

Professor Chrisje Brants was born in the UK, but partly educated in the Netherlands. She studied journalism in Utrecht and criminology and law at the University of Amsterdam where she obtained her doctorate in 1991; a multi-disciplinary study entitled "The Social Construction of Fraud" and co-written with her husband, K. Brants, it received the bi-annual "Willem Nagel prize" from the Dutch Association of Criminology. She has been professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University, since 1997 and was head of department until 2006. Her main interests, on which she has published widely and in which she combines her multidisciplinary background in law and criminology, are international criminal justice, comparative studies on different aspects of criminal procedure, and crime, criminal justice and the media. She has collaborated intensively with different groups of international scholars, resulting in numerous books and other publications in leading journals and is a regular guest speaker and international conferences. She is a member of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé and the Dutch Association for International Comparative Law, was co-founder and board member of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Criminal Law, and is a fellow of the European Law Institute.

Michelle Carlin

Michelle Carlin is a senior lecturer in forensic chemistry at Northumbria University. Prior to this post, she was a lecturer in forensic science at Teesside University, a manager of a workplace drug testing laboratory, a research assistant in the toxicology department of the criminal research institute of the Gendarmerie, a colour chemist in a dyehouse in the Scottish Borders and an analytical chemist in a variety of research organisations.

Michelle carries out research in analytical chemistry and toxicology and is particularly interested in the poppy seed defence: she is also interested in other substances that may affect interpretation of toxicology results in relation to workplace and roadside drug testing.

Joanne Clough

Joanne Clough is a practising solicitor and full time lecturer in the School of Law at Northumbria University. Before joining the School of Law, Joanne worked as a full time specialist in criminal defence work for a number of firms both in Bristol and later, in Co Durham. Joanne is a fully accredited member of both the Police Station and the Court Duty Solicitor schemes. She teaches crime, criminal litigation and criminal evidence on the LLB full time undergraduate programme and also teaches criminal law on the LLB part time and open learning undergraduate degrees. She is a Supervisor in the Student Law Office at Northumbria.

Ann Creaby-Attwood

Has an expertise in forensic mental health law. Currently a Senior Lecturer at University of Northumbria Law School, teaching and researching in the fields of mental health and crime.

Lisa Down

Lisa Down is Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law at Northumbria University, where she has taught since 2002. She teaches Evidence, Opinion Writing, Conferencing and the Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence option on the Bar Professional Training Course. For her LLM, Lisa completed research into the new bad character provisions and the Criminal Justice Act 2003. She also regularly updates the Cavendish Law Cards on Evidence. Lisa is actively involved in the Student Law Office at Northumbria where she offers assistance in the consideration of evidential matters. Lisa is the Programme Leader of the part-time Bar Professional Training Course.

Professor Gary Edmond

Gary Edmond is a law professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales where he directs the Program in Expertise, Evidence and Law. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science, he subsequently studied law at the University of Sydney and received a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge. He is an active commentator on expert evidence and the forensic sciences in Australia, England, the US and Canada, a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (US), the SSHRC (Canada) and ESRC (England), a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of Standards Australia?s forensic science committee, and served as an adviser to the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (2007-2008). With Andrew Ligertwood he is co-author of Australian Evidence: A principled approach to the common law and the uniform acts (5th ed. LexisNexis, 2010).

In 2013 he joined Northumbria University as a fractional professor.

Ross Fletcher

Ross Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law at Northumbria University, where he has lectured since 2002. He currently teaches civil procedure on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the LLB (Hons)/M Law Bar Exempting Programme and the Bar Professional Training Course, as well as Company Law on the LLM Commercial Law Full Time and Distance Learning Programmes. He is also Programme Leader on the LLM Commercial Law Distance Learning Programme and is in charge of the Law School's successful Mooting programme.

Richard Glancey

Richard Glancey graduated from Northumbria University with an LLB (Hons) Law Exempting degree in 2006. He then completed a training contract with a leading North East Legal Aid firm of solicitors before returning to Northumbria University as a lecturer in 2008. Richard is the module tutor for Public Law on the LLB (Hons) Part-time and Open Learning degrees and on the GDL at both Full-time and Distance Learning. He also teaches Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in Practice on the LLB (Hons)/M Law programme.  

Judith Gowland

Judith Gowland is a full-time senior lecturer in the School of Law at Northumbria University. Before joining the School of Law, Judith worked as a full-time specialist in criminal defence work for a number of firms in the North East and became a fully accredited member of both the Police Station and the Court Duty Solicitor schemes. Judith currently teaches criminal litigation on the LPC and Foundations on the LLB full-time undergraduate programme. Judith is Programme Leader on the GDL full-time programme. Additionally, Judith supervises students working in a criminal firm in the Student Law Office at Northumbria.

Dr Jamie Harding

Dr Jamie Harding is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages at Northumbria University.  In addition to methods, his other main areas of interest are homelessness, where he has published extensively, and the criminal justice system.  He is currently co-editing a book, Criminal Justice in England and Wales: An Introduction, where his own contribution will be a chapter on tackling mistakes and injustice within agencies of the criminal justice system.

Dr Jackie Harvey

Dr Jackie Harvey is Professor of Financial Management and academic leader of the financial management, risk and performance subject group. Her research is focused in the area of criminal financial management, in particular money laundering. Early outputs considered costs and benefits of regulatory compliance whilst recent work has focused on effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering Framework. Jackie has been invited to speak at a number of very high profile academic and practitioner conferences in both the UK and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board for the European Cross-Border Crime Colloquium that brings together researchers from across Europe. Her main teaching interests focus on risk management together with financial market regulation. Prior to becoming an academic, Jackie, whose PhD is in Taxation Policy, spent 10 years working for a major merchant bank, followed by a 3 year posting as fiscal policy adviser (under the auspices of the British Government) to the Ministry of Finance in Belize.  

Russell Hewitson

Russell Hewitson is a solicitor and property law consultant with Blackett Hart & Pratt LLP. He is also a magistrate. After several years as a solicitor with a leading Newcastle commercial law firm, he joined the Law School in 1992 and is now a principal lecturer. Russell is subject leader for Property Law and Practice on the postgraduate professional Legal Practice Course, in addition to being the module tutor for the Termination and Renewal of Business Tenancies module on the LLM Advanced Commercial Property course. Research interests include evidential property issues, conveyancing, landlord and tenant law and licensing law. Russell is also responsible for the development of the School's international activities. He is editor of Sweet & Maxwell's Precedents for the Conveyancer, and author of numerous articles and books on property issues including Business Tenancies (Cavendish Publishing Ltd), The Conveyancers' Yearbook (Shaw & Sons), Property Law and Practice (Northumbria Law Press) and Conveyancing Searches and Enquiries (Jordans).

John Horne

John Horne is a solicitor (non-practising). After several years as a partner in a leading Newcastle 'legal aid' firm, he joined the Law School in 1998 as a senior lecturer. His primary area of interest is mental health law. He is a member of the team which teaches the well-respected distance learning LL.M.s in (a) mental health law and (b) mental health law, policy and practice. He edits the Journal of Mental Health Law (published by Northumbria Law Press, the publishing 'wing' of the Law School). John is a part-time legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal service and a former Mental Heath Act Commissioner.

Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson is a barrister (non-practising), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. Adam is Deputy Director of the Centre and has been responsible for organising a number of the Centre's events including a symposium on reforming the law relating to genetic policing in England and Wales. Adam teaches criminal law, criminal litigation and evidence (CLE) on the MLaw degree programme of which he is also Deputy Programme Leader. In addition Adam teaches evidence (both criminal and civil) on a range of other law and non-law programmes including BSc Forensic Science. Adam's research interests are mainly in the fields of criminal procedure and evidence and he has published widely in these areas.

Professor Mark James

Prof Mark James graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds before completing the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He began his academic career in 1994 at Anglia Polytechnic University with his PhD research on the role of consent and the criminal law in the regulation of sports injury disputes. This work focussed on the appropriateness of using the criminal law instead of governing bodies' disciplinary tribunals as a means of punishing violent play. Mark was Course Director for LLM programmes at MMU and Associate Head (Research) and Acting Head of School at Salford Law School before joining Northumbria University School of Law in September 2013. He has maintained his teaching interests in sports law criminal law and torts whilst developing his research as one of UK's leading sports lawyers. He has published extensively on a range of sports law topics, including in particular the use of the criminal law to punish on-field violence, the regulation of football supporters and the policing of football-related disorder and the criminalisation of public space around sporting mega-event venues, especially the Olympic Games.

Kevin Kerrigan

Kevin Kerrigan is the Executive Dean of the School of Law at Northumbria University. He is also a practising solicitor and Human Rights Act consultant with experience of conducting criminal and human rights cases in courts at all levels. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of criminal litigation, human rights and legal education. In particular, he has an active interest in clinical legal education and runs a criminal appeal clinic at Northumbria University's Student Law Office. He has written numerous articles and text books and delivered papers at academic conferences and training courses for professionals, including, police, lawyers, social workers, mental health professionals and court clerks.

Sara Lambert

Sara graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 2001 and completed the Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff in 2002. She was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in July 2002. Sara commenced pupillage at Angel Chambers in Swansea in September 2002, undertaking a mixed-discipline pupillage in the areas of criminal law, family law and personal injury. After the successful completion of her pupillage, Sara gained tenancy at Angel Chambers and specialised in criminal law. She developed a busy practice and was frequently instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Work and Pensions and defence solicitors.

After relocating to the North East of England in 2008, Sara joined Northumbria University in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer. Sara is currently the Programme Leader of the M Law Exempting Degree (Bar Route).

Dr. Alan M. Langford

Alan Maxwell Langford was born in Edinburgh in 1969. A BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Napier Polytechnic was followed by a PhD at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the evaluation of exogenous nucleophiles in rat lung and their effects on electrophile (sulphur mustard, nitrofurantoin, diethylmaleate) toxicity.

Post doctoral research followed at the Forensic Medicine Department, University of Dundee with Professor Derrick Pounder, investigating the phenomenon of postmortem drug redistribution and alternative postmortem samples to blood for toxicological analysis. In conjunction with my research, I was also a reporting forensic scientist for the Scottish Courts for routine and criminal casework that came into the Laboratory.

In 1997 I moved to the Lothian & Borders Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Edinburgh, where as a reporting forensic scientist, in the Toxicology section, I was primarily involved in the evaluation, interpretation and analysis of biological samples for drugs (sudden and suspicious deaths, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, drug facilitated sexual assaults, other criminal cases) and in the preparation of reports for the Scottish Courts. I was also one of the 'on-call' scientists for the analysis of illicit bulk drugs within the Chemistry Unit.

In 2002 I took up post of senior lecturer in Forensic Sciences at the University of Northumbria.

Mark Lokanan

Mark Lokanan is a forensic accountant with expertise in fraud examination, investment fraud, forensic data analysis, analysing fraudulent financial statements, Benford law for accounting fraud detection, and forensic and investigative interviewing. His academic interest is a cross-fertilization between economic criminology, forensic accounting, and commercial law. He received his BA (Hons) in Toronto, MA in Guelph, MSc in San Diego, and Ph.D and Advanced Specialty Certificate (ASC) in British Columbia. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is currently in the process of completing his Certified General Accountant?s (CGA) designation from British Columbia. Mark is interested in supervising students pursuing work in financial crimes and financial market regulation. Prior to academia, he worked as a fraud investigator for the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto. Away from academia, Mark is an avid cricket fan and plays competitive cricket.

Dr Carole McCartney

Dr Carole McCartney is a Reader in the School of Law, Northumbria University. Previously senior lecturer in criminal law and criminal justice at the University of Leeds, and Bond University, Queensland, Australia. Carole has written on Australian justice, Innocence Projects, miscarriages of justice, policing cooperation, and DNA, forensic science and criminal justice more widely. She established an Innocence Project at the University of Leeds in 2005, and was project manager for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report 'The Forensic Uses of Bio-information: Ethical Issues' and the Nuffield Foundation project 'The Future of Forensic Bioinformation'. She has also run projects on forensic science education and forensic regulation and recently completed an EU Marie Curie international research fellowship (2009-2012) on 'Forensic Identification Frontiers'.

Carole McCartney recently gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee yesterday, on the Criminal Cases Review Commission. You can view Carole's contribution at 10 minutes 24 seconds on the following link: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=16909

Rebecca Mitchell

Rebecca Mitchell is a principal lecturer in the School of Law. Rebecca teaches Business Law and Practice and Commercial Law on the postgraduate professional Legal Practice Course, and also teaches Commercial Law at undergraduate level, in addition to being one of the module tutors for the LLM Commercial Contracts module. Rebecca has a commercial background in practice and specialised in corporate tax with a firm of City solicitors. Research interests include evidential corporate issues and insolvency. Rebecca is also responsible for the development of solicitors' training at postgraduate level within the School of Law.

Andrea O'Cain

Andrea O'Cain is Associate Dean for Professional Programmes in the School of Law, in which she has worked for 16 years. Andrea specialises in Criminal Procedure and Education Law, and has taught on a wide range of programmes, including the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Vocational Course and the Exempting Degree programmes. Before coming to Northumbria, Andrea was a partner in private practice specialising in criminal defence work. She currently has close links with the Crown Prosecution Service.  

Ray Palmer

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Biological Sciences in 1980 and awarded a postgraduate Masters degree in Forensic Science after studying at the University of Strathclyde, Forensic Science Unit in 1981.

He is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in the Department of Forensic Science at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, and has over 27 years operational experience involving the application of all aspects of forensic biology in the investigation of violent crime within both the English and Scottish legal systems.

During his career, he has dealt with a number of high profile cases of national concern and presented expert testimony in court e.g. Operation Sumac ('The Suffolk Strangler') & Operation Abnet ('The Jigsaw Murder'). Prior to his present position, he was employed by the Forensic Science Service, where as Principal Forensic Scientist, he had national responsibility as professional lead in the forensic examination of fibres and textiles.

He is a Fellow of The Forensic Science Society and the author of a number of published scientific papers and reference texts relating to the forensic analysis of fibres and textiles. He is also serves on the committee of the ENFSI European Fibre Group and is a member of the editorial committee of 'Science & Justice'.

He has delivered presentations and seminars to audiences all over Europe, the USA and Asia.

Emma Piasecki

Emma is the Director of Bar Programmes at Northumbria Law School. After graduating with an LLB (Hons) in Law from Nottingham Trent University Emma completed the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn in 2001. Following a successful pupillage Emma became a tenant of New Park Court Chambers in Newcastle in 2002. Emma developed a strong criminal practice instructed by defence solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service, The Department of Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs.

Emma initially joined Northumbria University as an Associate Law Lecturer before becoming, in 2005, a full-time Senior Law Lecturer combining teaching and practice at the Bar. In 2011 Emma was appointed to the position of Principal Law Lecturer, which she currently holds.

Research Interests
Emma's research interests are in the areas of civil and criminal evidence. In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Interests and Modules
Emma has extensive experience of teaching Criminal Litigation, Criminal Practice, Criminal Advocacy, Witness Handling Advocacy, Civil Advocacy and Evidence on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). She remains responsible for the Advocacy Masterclasses delivered as part of the Practitioner Programme on the BPTC. She is also responsible for the creation of a specialist Advanced Advocacy elective on the Legal Practice Course, on which she also teaches.

Professor Alan Reed

Professor Alan Reed graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University with a First Class Honours Degree in Law, and attained the highest subject grades in the tripos examinations as top overall law student. He was awarded the Herbert Smith prize for Conflict of Laws and the Dr.Lancey Prize. Cambridge University awarded him a full Holland Scholarship to facilitate study in the United States and he obtained an LLM Master of Laws (comparative law) at the University of Virginia. After completion of the Law Society finals at Northumbria, he spent three years in practice in London at Addleshaw Goddard, and also acted as a Tutor in Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He spent seven years at Leeds University Law School, specialising in criminal and private international law, and was then engaged as Professor of Criminal and Private International Law at Sunderland University. He led the RAE Strategy group that made all determinative inclusionary and policy decisions across nineteen units of assessment, and acted as Director of Research for the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism. In April 2012 he was appointed Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) and Professor of Law at Northumbria University. He has published over 180 monographs, textbooks and articles in the substantive arena in leading journals in England, Australia, Florida and Los Angeles, and since 2005 has been entered in Who?s Who in American Law, and acts as Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law.

Dr Kelly Sheridan

Dr Kelly Sheridan joined Northumbria University in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science. Prior to joining the team Kelly spent seven years as a Senior Forensic Reporting Officer at LGC Forensics, one of the UK?s most prominent Forensic Science Providers. Kelly was formerly employed as a Senior Reporter in the Marks and Trace department, and a specialist advisor to the Cold Case team for cases involving the potential transfer of textile fibres.

During her career Kelly has dealt with a number of high profile cases - such as the murders of Joanna Yeates and Stephen Lawrence, cold cases, and cases for the Criminal Case Review Commission. Kelly has also worked on behalf of the defence. Kelly was also responsible for developing and delivering training programs for scientists in the examination and interpretation of fibre evidence, and was actively involved in the UKAS accreditation process.

After graduating from Northumbria University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Chemistry, Kelly completed an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in 2001 before finishing her PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis at The University of Liverpool in 2006.

Zena Smith

Zena Smith is a senior lecturer in law at the School of Law at Northumbria University where she has been lecturing since 2005. Prior to joining the School of Law Zena worked for a number of years in practice as a solicitor specialising in both family law and criminal litigation. She became accredited on both the police station and court duty solicitor schemes. She now teaches family law on the undergraduate programme and criminal litigation on both the undergraduate programme and the LPC. She is module leader for the LPC criminal litigation programme.

Nicola Wake

Nicola is Course Director for year one of the MLaw (Exempting) Programme and a member of the Student Learning Experience Sub-Committee. She teaches Trusts and Criminal Law, Litigation and Evidence across the Law School's MLaw (Exempting), LLB (Part-time) and Law Plus programmes. Nicola graduated with a first class honours degree in law, a National Association of Licensed Paralegals Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. As the highest achieving student in her year, Nicola was the recipient of the Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Ede and Ravenscroft Award, and the National Association of Licensed Paralegals Awards in Contract, Family and Tort Law. She has since been made a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson joined the School of Law in September 2012 where he is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy. His academic interests are the governance of forensic bioinformation, the role and organisation of the forensic sciences and medicine in criminal investigations and trials, transnational offending, and the allocation of resources and increasing marketization within the criminal justice system. His work is concerned with the interface of law, ethics, economics and politics.

Previously he was Professor of Forensic Sciences and Public Policy in the former School of Life Science of Northumbria University. He has also served as the lay chair of the Forensic Pathology Disciplinary Committee and has been a Visiting Fellow at the PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) research centre at Newcastle University. He was made a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society in 2011.

Prior to his academic career he was a member of the Senior Civil Service. After graduating in history from Aberystwyth he undertook a wide variety of work, mainly in the Home Office, relating to criminal justice issues, including resource management and infrastructure development. His international experience included serving as an adviser to an infrastructure procurement board in South Africa during the Mandela presidency and a secondment to the ILO (International labour Organisation) to assist a public procurement modernisation programme in Russia.

Natalie Wortley

Natalie Wortley is a barrister and a member of New Court Chambers in Newcastle. She joined the School of Law as a senior lecturer in 2005 and teaches evidence, criminal procedure and advocacy. Natalie is also Deputy Director of the Centre. She continues to practise at the Bar, specialising in criminal law and prison law. Natalie is a member of the Bar Council's Law Review Committee (Criminal Law). She is a former Inns of Court Pegasus Scholar with a particular interest in death penalty cases. She is actively involved in pro bono work and is a consultant for the Student Law Office and a trustee of the Rift Valley Newcastle Justice Project.