Committee

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:

President: 

Jennifer RAYMOND

Jen RaymondDr Jennifer RAYMOND is the Research Coordinator for FETSC, with the remit 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 President of the NSW Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, having been a member for over 18 years.

 

Vice President:

Greta FRANKHAM

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.

 

Secretary: 

Lauren ATWOOD

After completing her Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Forensic Biology at the University of Technology Sydney in 2010, Lauren took a side step into the world of andrology. After 6.5years as a clinical andrologist/embryologist she returned back into the field of forensics and accepted a position as a Forensic Research Assistant at the NSW Police Force.

She has been a member of the NSW branch of ANZFSS since 2017 and a member of the NSW executive committee since 2018.

 

Treasurer:

Madelen CHIKHANI

Madelen ChikhaniMadelen is a Crime Scene Officer at the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command within NSW Police.

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.

 

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Amber BROWN

Amber Brown is completing her PhD jointly though the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics and the Forensic Science program at the University of Technology Sydney.

Currently, she is investigating new forensic methods aimed at detecting illegally trafficked reptiles in transit as well as developing a fit for purpose genetic test to inexpensively and reliably identify the geographic origin of confiscated shingleback lizards (Tiliqua rugosa). She has a passion for wildlife conservation and welfare, as well as educating the public about anthropogenic issues faced by wildlife, including the illegal wildlife trade.

 

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Catherine HITCHCOCK

Dr Catherine Hitchcock obtained her Bachelor of Science – Biological Sciences Degree (Hons) and her PhD at Western Sydney University (she will always think of it as the University of Western Sydney, as it was known then). Her PhD involved investigating the genetic population structure of an Australian ectomycorrhizal fungus, Pisolithus microcarpus (commonly known as the horse dropping fungus!), which involved the de novo identification of polymorphic short tandem repeat (STR) markers.

Following her PhD, Catherine wanted to use her skills and knowledge of DNA and STRs in a job that was meaningful to her and was lucky to land a job with the NSW Health Pathology, Forensic & Analytical Science Service (FASS) in November 2008. For six years, Catherine had the good fortune to undertake validation work and subsequently lead the validation of the automation of all the DNA analytical processes at FASS. This is work Catherine is very proud of as total automation facilitated a significant reduction in turnaround time for the lab. Since November 2014, Catherine has been the Senior Scientist for Research, Development & Innovation (Forensic Biology/DNA Unit) utilising her passion for research to investigate new and emerging technologies for forensic applications, together with facilitating research within FASS as well as undertaking collaborative projects with the NSW Police Force, AFTER, universities and forensic labs.

 

Web Editor:

Philip MAYNARD

Philip is a senior lecturer with the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney. He teaches the Crime Scene Investigation, Expert Evidence Presentation, and Fire and Explosives Investigation 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.

 

Public Officer: 


 

Eric MURRAY

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.

 

David BRUCE

David BruceDavid 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).

 

Olivia BURTON (Student Rep)

Olivia is studying a Bachelor of Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney and is the current President of the UTS Forensic Science Society.

 

Scott CHADWICK

Scott is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Director of the Bachelor of Forensic Science program at the University of Technology Sydney. Scott also holds a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney where his research focused on fingermark detection techniques in the near-infrared region, which involved developing new reagents for developing fingermarks on difficult surfaces, where conventional techniques are unsuccessful.

Since completing his PhD, Scott has been able to broaden his research into areas such as document examination, chemical criminalistics, forensic intelligence and gunshot residue analysis.

 

Robert EBEYAN

Robert Ebeyan is a lecturer in Forensic Science at Western Sydney University. He holds a PhD from JCU, and BSc(Forensic Science) and BSc(Honours) from Western Sydney University. Robert has a wide interest in forensic science education and research with a special interest in forensic photography and digital imaging. Robert’s PhD research explored forensic photointerpretation. His continued research interests include the exploration of the relationship between image and evidence, and the development of forensic photography or digital imaging techniques for evidence recording and recovery.

 

Michele FRANCO

Michele is a Group Manager in the Evidence Recovery Unit at NSW Forensic & Analytical Science Service.

 

Hayley GREEN

Dr Hayley Green is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology and Human Anatomy at Western Sydney University. More recently, Hayley has been instrumental in setting up the new degree program BMedSc (Forensic Mortuary Practice) in collaboration with the Department of Forensic Medicine.

Hayley holds a BSc (Anatomy and Histology) and BSc (Hons) and graduated her PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of New South Wales in 2008. Hayley’s research interests include modern skeletal variation and sexual dimorphism, and more recently, Forensic Taphonomy and time since death estimations in temperate Australian climates. Specifically, Dr Green leads a research team investigating multidisciplinary and non-destructive methods of determining time since death at Western Sydney University to complement forensic anthropological techniques.

 

Gavin HENDERSON

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.

 

Rylee LAM

Rylee is currently a Research Officer in the Fire Investigation and Research Unit at Fire and Rescue NSW and a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Forensic Science) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) programs at Western Sydney. Previously, Rylee was a Research Assistant researching a proof-of-concept project evaluating the applications of portable Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) at fire scenes. This work has fed into her current research on the use of field portable GC-MS for the rapid on-site identification of hazardous organic compounds at fire scenes. This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government though its Environmental Trust Research grants program.

Throughout her academic career Rylee also worked as a Technical Assistant and Technical Officer at the same university as well as a Casual Academic teaching into forensic and chemistry units.

 

Amanda PRICE

Amanda works as a Crime Scene Officer (CSO) at the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command within NSW Police.

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.

 

Domenic RANERI

Domenic Raneri has been with the NSW Police since 2013, commencing as a Crime Scene Officer in Forensic Imaging where he was responsible for the analysis and reconstruction of major crime scenes such as homicides, shootings and terrorism events. Domenic introduced and established the NSWPF 3D imaging and analytical photographic capabilities. He has worked on incidents including the Lindt Café siege, Lin family murders and Rozelle fire, as well as deploying interstate to the Darwin mass-shooting. Domenic became a sworn police officer in 2019.

Domenic is involved with the University of Technology Sydney where authored and teaches Advanced Forensic Imaging and Crime Scene Reconstruction techniques. He has a Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Western Sydney University, where his research focused on disrupting juror preconceptions of subject matter to enhance their ability to interact with expert forensic evidence.

 

Val SPIKMANS

Val is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Western Sydney University.

 

Alex SUMMERELL

Alex is a Scientific Officer in the Forensic Biology Unit at NSW Forensic & Analytical Science Service.

 

Louise WALLACE

Louise is currently employed as a Crime Scene Officer (CSO) at the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command within NSW Police. 

After completing her Honours research working to develop a protocol for DNA extraction from the ABAcard HemaTrace™ Kit, she was fortunate enough to be employed in the Forensic Biology section at Forensic & Analytical Science Service (FASS) for a brief period before moving into a scene focussed role with NSW Police. She is passionate about forensics and believes in a holistic approach to criminal investigations and prosecution.

Outside of all things forensic related she enjoys listening to True Crime podcasts, hanging out in the kitchen creating baked goods, and investigating the direct links between the consumption of baked goods and people’s happiness.

 

 

Michael WHYTE


Michael is a civilian Fingerprint Expert and Crime Scene Officer (CSO) with over 14 years’ experience with the NSW Police Forensic Evidence & Technical Services Command. He specialises in and delivers industry specific training in Fingerprint identification, expert evidence testimony, advanced forensic photography, and the detection, recovery of fingerprint and biological evidence at serious crime scenes. He is also the founder and writer of the popular Australian Forensic blog, “In the Loop”

 

 

This page last updated 3rd August 2021