Over 40 years experience in both operational and academic forensic science. Started in forensic science in Zimbabwe from 1968-1981. Moved to the Australian National University in 1981 as a research fellow funded by the Australian Federal Police investigating the science of fingerprint detection. Joined Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA) in 1984 as Chief Scientist and became Director of FSSA from 1997-2007. In this role managed an organisation of 120 people that included pathologists, scientists, technicians and administrative personnel that provided broad ranging forensic science services to the South Australian Justice system. This period saw a significant expansion in the forensic science capability to South Australia with a major development being the establishment of a DNA database in support of criminal investigation.