Team members at Inside Justice

Our Team

Advisory Panel

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Tracy Alexander, Forensic Scientist specialising in cold-case reviews

Tracy Alexander

Tracy began her career in forensic investigation in 1992 at New Scotland Yard and her current role is Director of Forensic Services for the City of London Police. She is an advisory panel member and Trustee of Inside Justice, a Fellow of King’s College London and the current President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Jill Battley, former Senior Detective, New Scotland Yard

Jill Battley

Jill Battley, MA (Cantab), MBA, CFE, CIRM

Jill was Head of Intelligence at New Scotland Yard for the Serious Crime Directorate and has a broad range of experience as a Senior Investigating Officer and in Crisis Management. Her extensive UK and international investigative expertise includes working overseas in a high-risk environment and she is on the United Nations list of International Experts.

She now works for a range of private and public sector clients to prevent and reduce the impact of crime using a broad range of innovative technology systems.

Tom Conti, Actor, Director & Writer

Tom Conti

Tom Conti, an actor, director and writer, has neither legal nor scientific qualifications but a highly active imagination; an asset in both disciplines. Research for a novel brought him into contact with Tracy Alexander, one of our forensic scientists and a DNA expert, who informed him of Inside Justice. His father having been ‘interned’ as an enemy alien during the war, the horror of being imprisoned as an innocent was an emotion that Tom well understood. Keen to be of assistance, he is now a Trustee and Advisory Panel Member.

Rachel Darby, Barrister

Rachel Darby, Barrister

Rachel Darby is a highly regarded advocate with a multi disciplinary practice specialising in serious and complex crime and employment. She is known for her meticulous preparation, her ability to engage quickly with clients, and tenacious advocacy. She is a skilled tactician, able to promptly cut to the essential issues in a case.

Rachel also sits as a panel member on the Inns Conduct Committee.

John Devitt, Senior Policing Oversight Specialist & Investigator

John Devitt

John is a former Scotland Yard Detective and Senior Investigator for the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. John has extensive major crime investigation knowledge and experience. He has over his long career undertaken some of the most challenging, complex and sensitive investigations nationally and internationally.

John is currently an Independent Professional Investigator and Security Consultant. He has been a Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators since 1992.

Siobhan Grey QC, Barrister

Siobhan Grey QC, Barrister

Since taking Silk, Siobhan Grey’s practice has focused on Homicide, Fraud, Rape and Sexual Offences.

Siobhan Grey leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the preparation of her cases and the pursuit of disclosure and unused material which can result in Not Guilty Verdicts and the Crown offering No Evidence even before cases get to trial.

In white collar crime, she has defended in high profile cases brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office and HM Revenue and Customs. She has extensive experience of dealing with cases involving insider dealing, pension fraud, MTIC fraud, Investment fraud and money laundering offences.

Lorna Hackett, Barrister

Lorna Hackett

Lorna Hackett (formerly Elliott) is a barrister called in 2003, who has conducted numerous high-profile cases in recent years. She has extensive litigation and appeals experience, particularly in the areas of judicial review and human rights.

Lorna is also a qualified sports lawyer and has considerable expertise advising in cases of a sensitive nature and in which there is potential for media interest.

Mark Harries QC, Barrister

Mark Harries

Mark Harries QC is a criminal defence barrister at Carmelite Chambers in London. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. He has a wealth of experience defending allegations of murder and manslaughter together with considerable expertise in white collar fraud work. He also defends at professional discipline hearings and in Courts Martial in the UK and abroad.

Mark is an advocacy trainer at Lincoln’s Inn, Chair of the Carmelite Pupillage Committee and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity which provides guidance and support for low-income students with university and career aspirations.

Dr Steve Heaton, Academic

Steve Heaton

Steve’s interest in miscarriages of justice can be traced back to BBC Rough Justice in the 1980’s which covered the case of Margaret Livesey who was convicted of murdering her teenage son Alan. The murder happened in the village of Bamber Bridge on the outskirts of Preston where Steve lived during his childhood.

A career in the Civil Service and Political Lobbying in the Rural Sector ended in 2009 when Steve commenced studying for a Ph.D at the University of East Anglia. Building on degrees in Psychology and Law, he was awarded his doctorate in 2014. The key research for the thesis was undertaken by examining case files at the Criminal Cases Review Commission at various stages in 2010 and 2011.

Steve’s experience of the inner workings of CCRC, coupled with his knowledge of casework acquired running the Innocence Project at UEA for seven years, will enable him to provide invaluable guidance and insight on the case work at Inside Justice.

John Kennedy, Forensic Scientist specialising in digital forensics

John Kennedy

John Kennedy was a Consultant Forensic Scientist at the Government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS) before becoming Head of Digital Forensics at Key Forensic Services. John is currently the Managing Director of the Forensic Science Bureau Limited www.forensicsciencebureau.com where he specialises in the Forensic Analysis and Interpretation of CCTV imagery. He is also the Training Programme Manager for LEVA (LEVA.org) with responsibility for organising training in Forensic Video Analysis for UK and International Police CCTV Officers. John has helped pioneer a number of forensic video 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 a guest speaker at the National FBI Academy in Quantico, at the University of Indianapolis Forensic Video Analysis Training Lab and at Law Enforcement 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 Sciences.

Matthew McDonagh, Criminal & Regulatory Barrister

Matthew McDonagh

Matthew McDonagh is a criminal and regulatory barrister who was called to the Bar in 1994.

He has years of experience in appearing before criminal courts including the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division and regulatory and professional disciplinary tribunals and the Administrative Court.

He practises from Outer Temple Chambers and sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Eric McGraw, former Editor of Inside Time newspaper

Eric McGraw

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

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.

Eric was recently invested with the MBE for services to the Rehabilitation of Prisoners in England and Wales.

Jo Millington, Forensic Scientist specialising in blood pattern analysis

Jo Millington

Jo has worked hard to build a solid foundation of expertise and a reputation in the 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 Director/Forensic Scientist at Millington Hingley 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 has over 25 years’ experience in forensic investigation including hundreds of major and critical incidents

Dr Ann Priston OBE, Forensic Scientist specialising in fibre analysis

Ann Priston

Dr Priston is former President of the Forensic Science Society. During her early career she worked on DNA synthesis in the Nobel-Prize-winning team at King’s 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 UK 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.

Ann 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 OBE.

His Honour John Samuels QC, Retired Circuit Judge

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 the Revolving Doors Agency; 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, initially at Nottingham Law School, and now at Roehampton University, since 2012.

Nasreen Shah, Barrister (non-practising)

Nasreen Shah, Legal Advisor, The London Black Women’s Project

Nasreen holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Buckingham, an LLM in International and Comparative laws and was called to the Bar in 2018. She successfully completed a certificate in Forensic Science at the University of Cambridge.

She is highly committed to protecting individuals rights and has worked with the International Bar Association on North Korean political prisons, Reprieve, and the HRAC in Ghana. She was the judicial assistant to Judge Turkovic at the European Court of Human Rights.

Nasreen is the primary legal adviser for the London Black Women’s Project. She specialises in criminal offences, is the NGO’s lead police liaison and sits on a local government advisory panel overhauling inadequate policies.

Professor 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 and evidential examination. She is a court-going accredited expert witness, giving evidence in court on many occasions over the last fifteen years. Her appointment as Professor of 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. Denise is a member of the Home Office Biometrics and Forensic Ethics Group and a Committee member of the BIS Forensic Standards Group.

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.

Trustees

The Board of Trustees was formed by long serving members of our Advisory Panel who have experience of governance and leadership. Full biographies can be found above.

Chair of Trustees: Jill Battley has extensive experience on non-executive boards in both the private and public sector and risk management experience in both the UK and abroad.

Dr Ann Priston is former President of the Forensic Science Society.

Tracy Alexander is Director of Forensic Services at City of London Police, President and former Treasurer of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Tom Conti is an actor, director and writer.

Mark Chadwick, ACA BMedSci Hons had trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG before taking up the position of Group Financial Controller in a listed manufacturing business. He went on to become Group Finance Director of Freedom Finance, a pan-European financial services group. He now has a portfolio of companies which he both advises and invests in.

Inside Justice Team

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Louise Shorter, CEO

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 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.

Louise continues to be involved in media projects, most recently Raw Television’s Conviction series for BBC.

Damian Allain, Head of Casework

Damian Allain

Damian is a former New Scotland Yard senior detective and specialised during his career in homicide investigation and serious and organised crime. He is nationally qualified PIP3 homicide senior investigating officer and associate assessor with the College of Policing and has taught and lectured in policing, law and criminology in the UK and abroad.

Damian has a Masters Degree (MA) in Policing & Criminal Justice, is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA) and is a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch, Portsmouth and Kingston Universities.

Sam Robins, Caseworker

Sam Robins

Sam Robins is an ex-police Intelligence Manager and Analyst. She has twenty years’ operational experience within law enforcement. The majority of her service was with Surrey and Sussex Police. In that time she gained and developed extensive knowledge and skills in overt and covert investigations, tactical and strategic operations, intelligence and analysis.

Sam was the Chair for the Major Incident Analysts Working Group, a sub group of the Homicide Working Group. During her time as Chair she assisted in developing national guidance and continuing professional development for Analysts working in this specialist field. Having spent over 10 years working exclusively on Major Crime, Sam was privileged to work on many high-profile and sensitive enquiries such as the successful conviction of Levi Bellfield for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl Amanda Dowler and the murder of British Nationals in the French Alps.

Dr Geir Madland, PA, Research Assistant and Caseworker

Geir Madland

Geir has a research background in Health Psychology and has been assisting with Inside Justice casework since 2012.

He brings an academic and analytical approach to casework, contributing articles to the media and research publications, and is involved in Inside Justice’s projects, notably the Evidence Retention Protocol.

Mary Stewart, Caseworker

Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart is an ex Metropolitan Police Senior Forensic Practitioner who had over 30 years’ experience within the Forensic Directorate before taking retirement in 2016. Her vast skills,expertise and knowledge included fingerprint expertise and scene examination across all crime types and resulted in her receiving five commendations during her career.

Her final 10 years were spent supporting the development and advancement of all training material in sexually motivated crime including CPD events and the publication of best practice guidance documentation for practitioners, internal and external partners. She was officially awarded a Foundation Degree: Fd Forensic Practice (Crime Scene Examination - Expert Route) in 2014 from Teesside University.

Andrew Duffin, Admin Support and Caseworker

Andrew Duffin

Andrew has over thirty years’ of experience as an Investigator and featured as an industry spokesman on the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Report. He was a Committee Member of the British Standards Institute panel responsible for BS102000 ‘The Provision of Investigative Services’.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Investigators, a qualified international investigator, a past Member of the World Association of Detectives; the World Association of Professional Investigators and an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist.Andrew is also the Data Protection Officer for Inside Justice.