The Branch Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the NSW Branch. The Committee is elected for a period of one year and may stand for re-election at the next AGM. The President is a member of the Council of the ANZFSS, which meets in person at each Symposium, as well as at least quarterly by tele-conference.
The current NSW Branch Committee is:
Rebecca is Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, a Certified Wildlife Forensic Scientist, a conservation geneticist and co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium. As Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute she leads the >110 staff working in science and materials conservation at the Australian Museum she is also a Professor (adjunct) at the University of Sydney. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and represents the Museum on a range of government and industry committees, including as Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society NSW Branch president, and Director of Membership & Outreach for the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science.
She has an honours degree from the University of Sydney and PhD from La Trobe University Melbourne in the field of molecular evolutionary genetics and has worked as a molecular geneticist, in Australia and the USA before joining the Museum in 2003. Since then she has established the Museum as one of the global leaders in the field of wildlife forensics and conservation genomics through the ISO17025 accreditation of the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics facilities (one of only six such laboratories globally). The Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics is one of the world leaders in DNA-based wildlife identifications, conducting work for a variety of agencies both in Australia and overseas.
Dr Jennifer RAYMOND is the Research Coordinator for FETSC, with the remit is to coordinate all research projects across the diverse range of forensic disciplines, and to create partnerships with external collaborators including universities and other forensic service providers. She joined the NSW Police Force Forensic Services Group (now FETSC) in 2002 as a civilian crime scene examiner, and has been a part of various units within FETSC since that time, assisting in the investigation of over 100 homicides. Jennifer is a qualified footwear mark examiner, serving as the chair of the Shoe & Tyre Scientific Working Group, the national body for the development of this discipline, from 2013-2017. In 2010 she completed a PhD thesis in Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney, on the characteristics of trace DNA evidence and its use in volume crime. Jennifer is the Vice-President of the NSW Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, having been a member for over 18 years.
Dr Greta Frankham completed her BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the University of Melbourne in 2006 and PhD at the same institution in 2012. Her academic research has focused on the population genetics and molecular evolution of threatened Australian marsupial species.
Since joining the team at the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics at the Australian Museum Research Institute in 2011, Greta has used this background to move into the field of DNA-based wildlife forensics. Greta was part of the team that helped establish the ACWG as one of the first NATA accredited DNA-based wildlife forensics labs in Australia.
This lab now serves a wide range of government agencies in investigating cases involving ivory, shark fins, rhino horns, smuggled bird embryos, the trade in CITES listed species, traditional medicines and food substitution to name a few. The lab provides DNA-based evidence for some of these cases to result in prosecution.
Madelen graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Forensic Biology in 2009 from the University of Technology Sydney. In 2017, she completed her Master’s thesis on the assessment of Raman spectroscopy for the estimation of postmortem interval from skeletonised remains at Western Sydney University (WSU). Prior to employment with NSW Police, Madelen worked as a Forensic Biologist at the Forensic and Analytical Science Service laboratory.
She has been involved in the Women in Science and Engineering mentorship program through WSU since 2015.
Philip is a senior lecturer with the Centre for Forensic Science at the University Technology, Sydney. He teaches the Crime Scene Investigation, Chemical Criminalistics and Fire and Explosives subjects at UTS, as well as supporting the other forensic subjects. Philip graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 with a PhD in chemistry, and entered the forensic world in 1995 when he was employed in the Physical Evidence Section at the Division of Analytical Laboratories (FASS). His casework experience includes flammable liquids, explosives, paint, fibres and glass analysis. Philip joined UTS in 1998 as the scientific officer responsible for the forensic laboratories, and became a lecturer in 2003. He spends his time outside of work climbing mountains, sliding down mountains, and crawling underneath mountains.
Mr Eric Murray is a semi-retired Nurse Unit Manager with the Forensic Unit in Corrections Health. His career in nursing commenced in 1956 and has covered all aspects and positions including Director of Nursing of some large areas. His major role outside of supervision of the general and mental health status of people is to train and assist nurses to prepare documentation and to give evidence to courts and tribunals. Eric studied chemistry / science whilst doing Occupational Health and Industrial Safety at a large chemical plant, and has had the experience of being involved in the rescue phases of disasters such as the Granville train wreck, Newcastle earthquake, and various cyclone disturbances. He has also assisted in people profiling and incident reconstruction. Eric is actively involved in voluntary community work. For his many services to the Society over the years, Eric was made a life member of the ANZFSS in November 2011.
Dr Jodie Ward is the Team Leader of the Specialist DNA Laboratory at the NSW Forensic & Analytical Science Service. This NATA accredited laboratory offers mitochondrial DNA testing for forensic casework applications. Prior to this role, Jodie was the Team Leader of the Mitochondrial DNA Unit at the NSW Police Force and a Forensic Biologist at the Australian Federal Police.
Jodie has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) specialising in Botany and Zoology and a PhD in the field of Forensic Molecular Biology/Forensic Botany from the Australian National University. Her Honours and PhD research involved the development of a DNA-based identification system for botanical evidence.
Jodie is also a Forensic Biology Lecturer for the National Centre for Forensic Studies and Research Supervisor of a number of undergraduate and postgraduate student projects. Jodie’s current research interests include massively parallel sequencing applications to forensic casework, mitochondrial DNA applications to forensic casework, DNA identification of compromised human remains, optimisation of DNA recovery from compromised samples and DNA-based forensic intelligence (ancestry/ phenotype prediction).
Jodie was awarded a 2015 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to investigate specialist DNA techniques for the identification of compromised human remains.
Jodie has been an ANZFSS member since 2002 and a NSW Branch Committee member since 2015.
David Bruce started his scientific career in 1979 as a Technical Officer in a Haematology Department in Newcastle. After a year perfecting the art of blood smear making, he steadily progressed to the position of Team leader at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney in the 1980s. During this time he witnessed a very early PCR, consisting of three waterbaths, a stopwatch and a newspaper (to pass away the time between waterbath changes!) and thought ‘this will never catch on!’. There followed a five and a half year stint as a research assistant at Cambridge University, UK, where he completed a PhD. Returning to Australia in the mid-nineties he worked in research roles in the area of Cardiology until he finally found his niche and spiritual home in Forensic Science. He has been happily ensconced in the Forensic Biology Department of NSW FASS ever since, where he intends to remain until forcibly removed. An aspiring musician in his spare time (for which no accolades exist unfortunately) he was a member of the Kegworth primary school parent band ‘Innerwestlife’. He is also learning to play the banjo which gives him a strange inner peace. (a sentiment unfortunately not shared by his family or neighbours).
Felicity is a Research & Development Scientist within the Forensic DNA Unit at the NSW Health Pathology Forensic & Analytical Science Service (FASS). Since starting at FASS in 2016, her research has focused on emerging DNA analysis methods, including Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) and Rapid DNA technology. She has also been involved with internal validation and implementation of new DNA analysis methods.
Felicity holds a Bachelor of Forensic Science (Hons) & Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. Her Honours research involved the construction of an Australian Y-haplogroup database to assist ancestry identification of historical military remains.
Amanda works as a Crime Scene Officer (CSO) within the Fingerprint Operations branch at New South Wales Police Force Forensic Services Group. As a CSO her primary role is to identify and examine fingerprint evidence for its preparation and presentation in court. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Forensic Investigation) in 2010 through the Canberra Institute of Technology, before continuing her studies to complete a Masters of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science through the University of Canberra in 2015.
Prior to becoming a CSO, Amanda was working as a Facial Comparison Analyst for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at the National Office in Canberra. Between 2012 and 2016 she was the Student Liaison Officer for the ANZFSS ACT branch before moving to NSW.
Sonia is currently a Crime Scene Officer within Fingerprint Operations at NSW Police Force Forensic Services Group. Previously, she was a Director of the Australian Institute of Forensic Fire Investigation Pty Ltd (AIFFI), and for a number of years prior, she was a Casual Academic at the University of Technology, Sydney for a wide range of Chemistry and Forensic Science subjects.
Sonia graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science from UTS in 2009. Her honours project was on FTIR chemical imaging of fingerprints developed with novel cyanoacrylates specifically on difficult surfaces. Sonia also holds a BSc (Advanced) from University of Sydney and a BComm in Accounting from Macquarie University. Prior to commencing her Forensic Science studies, she worked as an Accountant in the Insolvency industry for KPMG and McGrathNicol and worked on administrations such as the HIH Insurance and Pan Pharmaceuticals liquidations.
Gavin has been working in the forensic field since 2000, when he was hired as a Forensic Biologist by the then Division of Analytical Laboratories (now the Forensic & Analytical Science Service). After a number of years as a court reporter, he was able in 2012 to leverage his growing interest in Learning & Development into the new role of Training Officer of the Forensic Biology Unit, a position he holds to this day. As Training Officer, Gavin is responsible for creating, implementing, maintaining and facilitating training and development programs for the 70 staff members of the Forensic Biology Unit, and he is stoked to have a job that allows him to combine his two passions of science and L&D.
When he’s not working, Gavin can often be found gaming, watching movies or trying in vain to get his children to do as they’re told.
This page last updated 29th May 2019