Bernadette was brought up in Bristol and qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, University of London, in 1978.
After initial specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, (O&G), she stepped off the ‘career ladder’, after her children were born. She continued working in O&G, until, fortuitously in 2000, she joined what became the London sexual assault referral centre, (SARC), The Havens. Thus, her career in forensic medicine began, developing through the support and encouragement of her husband and children, colleagues and the FFLM.
Her forensic medical education continued through the University of Ulster, (UU), Course, then as a Member and Fellow of the FFLM. She still works at the Havens, as a forensic physician and as the clinical education and training lead. She has also worked in the Surrey and Gloucestershire SARCs.
She has an interest in education and training: no clinician would progress without the commitment and enthusiasm of those who help others learn: the ‘trainer’/supervisor, peers, students and patients.
Bernadette also sits as a Lay Magistrate in Surrey, where she lives with her family and Byron, the ‘rescue’ Great Dane.