Organising Committee

Distinguished Professor Claude Roux
Professor of Forensic Science;
Director of the Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Armed with a strong fundamental holistic and reputable education provided by the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under Lucas Medal winner Professor Pierre Margot, Claude migrated to Australia in 1996. He has been pivotal to the development of forensic science in his adopted country over the past 21 years, promoting it from an embryonic and disparate domain to a research-based and coherent discipline of international standing. He developed and led the first undergraduate degree and PhD program in forensic science in Australia. This resulted in a much-needed cultural change. In 2002, he became the founding Director of the UTS Centre for Forensic Science (CFS  – a University Research Strength). Today CFS is considered to be one of the world’s leading academic institutions in forensic science. He has achieved and sustained an international reputation in forensic science education and research and has contributed to promoting Australia as a global leader in this field. His work in forensic science research, education, training and ethics has had a significant impact worldwide. He has provided new tools, evidence-based information and data for a more reliable use of science in the courtroom, in investigation and intelligence. His research has also had an impact on homeland security through strong partnerships with law enforcement, defence and analytical industries.

Professor Chris Lennard
Professor of Forensic Science,
Western Sydney University

Chris obtained a PhD in Chemistry (Forensic Science) from the Australian National University in 1986 before taking up a postdoctoral position with the School of Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He returned to Australia in 1994 to work for Forensic Services, Australian Federal Police (AFP), initially as Coordinator Laboratory Services and then as Manager Forensic Operations Support. In this latter role, he was the Chief Scientist, responsible for coordinating forensic research and development across the AFP’s forensic portfolio. In October 2006, he moved to the University of Canberra and took up the role of Professor of Forensic Studies (Head of Discipline). After 8 year in this position, he relocated to Sydney in 2014 to the forensic science program at Western Sydney University (Hawkesbury Campus, Richmond). His research interests include the forensic analysis of trace evidence, the evaluation of portable equipment for forensic applications, and the detection of finger-marks. He has published several book chapters and over 130 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and he is a co-author of the textbook “Fingerprints and Other Ridge Skin Impressions” (CRC Press, 2nd edition published in 2016).

Doctor Rebecca Johnson 
Director, Australian Museum Research Institute; 
Professor of School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney 

Dr Johnson is Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, a Wildlife Forensic Scientist, Conservation Geneticist and chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium. With 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. Where, with her team, she 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). In April 2015 she became Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute (the first female science director in the Museum’s 191 year history). She is one of 28 individuals certified as a wildlife forensic scientist globally, and is one of only two experts appointed by the Federal Environment Minister as an examiner in wildlife forensics under the Commonwealth legislation. In May 2016 she became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, is Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society NSW Branch president, and Director of Membership & Outreach for the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science.

Professor Alastair Ross
Alastair is a former director of the ANZPAA National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS), Australia being the inaugural Director from 1992 to 2003.

From 2003 to 2008 Alastair was Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, a full service forensic facility with over 300 staff. He returned as director of NIFS from 2008 to 2015. Alastair holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Master of Applied Science (Research) from the University of South Australia. Alastair received the Adelaide Medal from the International Association of Forensic Sciences for international contributions to forensic science in 2002 and the John Harber Phillips Award in 2017.  He is a life member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Professor Adrian Linacre 
Professor of Forensic Genetics, Flinders University; 
President of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society

Professor Adrian Linacre  graduated with a 2.1 honours degree in  Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 1984 and then  completed a PhD (D.Phil.) in Molecular Genetics from Sussex university in 1988. He was employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex from 1988 to 1994 before taking up a lectureship in Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde from 1994. In 2010 he became the inaugural South Australia Justice Chair in Forensic Science & Emerging DNA Technology at Flinders University. Adrian has published over 140 publications in international peer reviewed journals and is co-author of the text book ‘An Introduction to Forensic Genetics’, Willey Press (2nd edition published in December 2010). He was elected National President of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society in 2016. He has authored over 500 Court Reports or Witness Statements and was a Registered Forensic Practitioner in the area of Human Contact Traces (DNA, Body Fluids and Blood Pattern Analysis) from 2004. He was Chair of 25th  Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) and chaired the ISFG Commission into the use of non-human DNA in the criminal justice system.

Professor James Wallman
Head of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

Professor Wallman is Head of the School of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to that, he lectured in the departments of Zoology and Environmental Biology at the University of Adelaide for ten years.  He is an authority on the flies and other insects infesting dead and living humans and other animals, with a special focus on their application to forensic science, and has produced numerous publications in journals and books on this topic.  He has acted as a consultant in forensic entomology to police agencies in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia for more than twenty years, and provided expert testimony for both the Crown and defence in many committal proceedings, trials and inquests. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He was recently Chair of the Medical Sciences Specialist Advisory Group, Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories network (2011-14) and Executive Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (2010-16).

Doctor Tony Raymond
Former Chief Scientist,
NSW Police Force

Dr Raymond has practised as a forensic scientist and science manager since 1978 and has given related expert evidence in a number of jurisdictions. Tony was the Director of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Forensic Laboratory (1981/82) prior to immigrating to Australia. He is a past president of the ANZFSS and past Chairman and International Liaison Officer of the SMANZFL Network. He has served as Chair of the NATA Accreditation Advisory Committee. Dr Raymond has held the positions of Director and Chief Scientist, Forensic Services Group of the New South Wales Police Force and Director, NIFS. Tony has a number of presentations, journal publications and book chapters to his credit. He is currently an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University. Dr Raymond was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 ‘For service to forensic science in the field of law enforcement.” In 2014, he was awarded the international Association of Forensic Sciences Adelaide medal and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency NIFS John Harber Phillips award for his contribution to the forensic sciences. In 2017, Tony was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for DNA related service.