Skip to main content

The Forensic Science Regulator and the Forensic Science Advisory Council

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

On 12 July last year I announced the arrangements we had put in hand to establish the post of Forensic Science Regulator to advise the Government and the Criminal Justice System on quality standards in the provision of forensic science; and to set up a Forensic Science Advisory Council to support and advise the regulator.

I am pleased to announce that the regulator has been appointed following an open competition. He is Mr Andrew Rennison, who is currently Director of Intelligence at the Gambling Commission. Mr Rennison will take up the post on 11 February. In the meantime, the role will continue to be filled by a senior official in the Home Office.

I am also pleased to report that the Forensic Science Advisory Council has been established and is operating in support of the interim regulator. The membership of the council is as follows:

Adrian Cory, Interim Regulator (Chair) 1

Dr Michael Goldstein, Chairman of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners

Dr Jane Beaumont, Director of Accreditation, UKAS

Stan Brown, CEO Forensic Science Northern Ireland

Roger Coe-Salazar, CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor, Kent

ACC Paul Crowther, British Transport Police

Ms Julie Goulding, lay member

His Honour Judge Andrew Goymer

Mohammed Khamisa QC

Professor Julie Mennell, Chair, UK Forensic Science Education Group

Tom Nelson, Director of Forensic Services, Scottish Police Services Authority

Dr Basil Purdue, President-elect, British Association in Forensic Medicine

Brian Rankin, President, Forensic Science Society

Dr Sheila Willis, Chair, Forensic Science Providers’ Group

1 Andrew Rennison from 11 February 2008