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Honorary Fellows

Robin Auld

Sir Robin Auld became a judge of the High Court in 1987 when he was knighted and was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1995 when he became a member of the Privy Council and was a Lord Justice of Appeal from 1997 to 2007. In 2004 he agreed to act as a trustee to administer the Trust Fund necessary to create the new Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and he gave the inaugural David Jenkins Lecture in 2006. He undertook a review of the operation of the criminal courts in England and Wales in 1999 to 2001, producing a report known as the “Auld Report”. He was the A. L. Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science for 2009-10 at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Roy Beran AM

An Australian Neurologist, Roy also works in legal, military and aviation medicine. He pioneered undertaking research in private practice and is editor-in-chief of Medicine and Law.  Roy is Conjoint  Professor of Medicine (University of New South Wales), Professor of Medicine (Griffith University), Professor of Medical Law (Sechenov 1st Moscow State Medical University) and was an inaugural  Visiting Professor at the International Research Institute of Health Law Sciences (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou).  He was a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves, Past President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and Past Secretary General of the World Association for Medical Law.

Professor Dame Carol Black

Carol is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, she chairs the board of Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers and is a member of Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, the Strategy Board for the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. She became chairman of the British Library on 1st September 2018.

Dame Sue Black

Professor Dame Sue Black is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University. She is a forensic anthropologist and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute which is the professional body for her discipline in the UK.  She is best known for her work in mass fatality events.  Her most recent book was awarded the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the year.

Professor Alan K Boyd

Alan is unique as a researcher and clinician in developing pharmaceutical medicine to the highest of standards and with recognised research programmes and advice on research world wide – attested by his national /interational awards mentioned above.
More importantly he has experience of seeking specialty status and achieving this satisfactorily and now has accepted training programmes between industry and the NHS which are succesful in attracting new recruits -all lessons that apply to forensic and legal medicine.

Margaret Branthwaite

Dr Margaret Branthwaite is a doctor and a barrister.  For many years she was on the Consultant staff of the Royal Brompton Hospital, initially as an anaesthetist, later as a general physician, with a particular interest in respiratory medicine.  She then had a change of career and went to the Bar, where she practised for ten years or so.  She then moved to a variety of other medico-legal work including being an Assistant Deputy Coroner in the Inner-South District of London.  The RSM published ‘Law for Doctors – Principles and Practicalities’.

Olive Buckley

Olive has many years’ experience working in the field of sexual violence.  As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she was regarded as the victim’s champion, providing a conduit between officials and victims/survivors, who held a central position in identifying the key policy issues and outcomes in Northern Ireland. She became one of the key drivers in the establishment of The Rowan, Northern Ireland’s Regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to victims in Northern Ireland. She has been Clinical Director and Lead Forensic Medical Examiner since The Rowan opened in 2013.

Dr W Rodney Burnham

A graduate of the Adelaide Hospital, Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Burnham held posts in Cambridge, an African Mission Hospital, St Marks Hospital, London and Nottingham University. Dr Burnham founded the first DGH multidisciplinary nutrition team at Old church in 1987. He was the Chair of the London Deanery Specialty Training Committees in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine. He has been Director of the Medical Workforce Unit of the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the SAC in Gastroenterology.   As Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of London (2005-2009) he was instrumental in establishing the Faculty of Forensic and Legal medicine.

Dr Patrick Cadigan

Dr Cadigan worked closely with the Faculty between 2010 and 2014 during his time as Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP). A consultant cardiologist working in the West Midlands, he served the RCP as Regional Adviser and as Linacre Fellow before taking up the Registrar post. As Registrar he represented the RCP at the Francis inquiry and he was an instigator of the influential “Future Hospital” project. In the latter part of his career, he provided expert clinical advice to Monitor and to NHS Improvement.

Dr Myles Clarke

Assistant Secretary of the Association of Police Surgeons of Great Britain and Editor of their publication, The Police Surgeon Supplement

Cathy Cooke

Cathy is a pharmacist with multi-sector practice experience within the community, social care, primary and secondary care, and secure environments.  Since 2004, she has been involved in medicines management policy and standards development at a local and national level for prisons and police custody.  Cathy has been an Affiliate of the FFLM since 2010 and a Board member since 2015.

Professor John E Cooper

DTVM FRCPath FRSB CBiol FRCVS

John Cooper started life as a field naturalist, trained as a veterinary surgeon and studied to become a specialist comparative pathologist.  His particular interest is the mechanism of disease in different species and the application of this knowledge to the diagnosis of disease and to the provision of sound forensic advice and opinion. His wife, Margaret E Cooper, is a non-practising solicitor with special interests in animal and conservation law. Together they have spent approximately twenty years living overseas, especially in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. They are now based in Britain, where they teach, publish and provide forensic and other advice.  They continue their voluntary work, mainly teaching, in East Africa.

Mrs Margaret E Cooper

Margaret Cooper, LLB, FLS,  is a lawyer who qualified originally as a British solicitor and has made the study of animal and conservation law her special interest.  With her husband Professor John E Cooper, she has lived in a number of countries including East Africa, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, France and Germany.  In 2009 they returned to the United Kingdom from nearly seven years at the University of the West Indies.  She lectures and writes on the law relating to animals and allied subjects, including wildlife and veterinary forensics, often in conjunction with her husband.

Professor Jane Dacre

Recognised as a leader in medicine, as academic and clinician, and medical education with collaborative and inclusive leadership style, many senior leadership roles in health and education at local and national levels and extensive Board experience. She has practised as an academic consultant rheumatologist and Director of UCL; currently Professor of Medical Education UCL.  Immediate Past President of RCP (oldest/2nd largest Medical Royal College) leading RCP through 4 years – 2 prime ministers, 2 general elections, Brexit and the junior doctors’ strike; initiated RCP North development in Liverpool.

Kevin Dalton

Prof Dalton was appointed consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1983.and also served as Cambridge’s senior examiner in obstetrics and gynaecology. Until 2014 he often chaired GMC (and on occasion MPTS) Fitness to Practise Panels. He has over 25 years’ experience of medico-legal work, for both Defendants and Claimants, and is jointly instructed in some cases. He advises on clinical negligence and personal injury, and has given evidence in civil, criminal, family and coroner’s courts. He has a PhD in fetal physiology, an LLM (with Distinction) in medical law, and the Diploma in Forensic Medical Science. Professor Kevin Dalton is an Emeritus Fellow of St Catharine’s College since 1997.

Professor Gordon Dickson

Until he retired in December 2014, Professor Dickson was Chief Executive of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS). Prior to joining MDDUS, he was Vice Principal of Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a past Chair of the Institute of Risk Management and of the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland. He served as Vice Chair of Greater Glasgow NHS Board and has held a number of non-executive appointments in the private and public sectors.

Professor Dickson has written several textbooks on Risk Management and travelled extensively delivering lectures and holding seminars on risk management related issues. He continues to act as a mentor to charity CEO’s.

Dr Andrew Doyle

Andrew is an advocate for medico-legal advisors. Holding a Licence to Practise with the General Medical Council and a Practising Certificate with the Bar Standards Board, he is the Head of Medico-legal Services for part of the UK government. He is a firm believer in the unique capabilities MLAs can bring to an organisation by applying medical law to clinical processes thereby improving patient pathways and reducing organisational liability.

Professor Olaf Drummer

Olaf Drummer is a very distinguished forensic toxicologist whose commitment to teaching, education, service and leadership is second to none. He his a committed researcher, author and editor and has published widely. He is internationally recognised as a leader in his field and is respected worldwide.

Professor Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman is Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the NHS. Alongside his medical training, he was called to the Bar, in Gray’s Inn. He has carried out research and published widely on the relationship between law and psychiatry, with a major focus on public policy. He has extensive experience of acting as an expert witness both in England and Wales and in the jurisdictions of other countries. He is a member of Forensic Psychiatry Chambers and a door tenant of 33 Bedford Row.

Professor Robert J Flanagan

Professor Flanagan is Consultant Clinical Scientist, Precision Medicine, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor in Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurology, King’s College London. He has published over 250 scientific papers and five books. Particular interests have been the treatment of mental illness especially as regards the use of antipsychotics, notably clozapine, and the diagnosis of substance abuse, especially the misuse of volatiles such as butane. He has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime and to the World Health Organization. He is immediate past-President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Sir Robert Francis QC

Robert Francis is a member of Serjeants Inn Chambers, a set specialising in medical law. In my time as a medico-legal adviser with the MPS he was instructed many times to look after doctors who faced claims or GMC complaints and he was always a dependable, friendly counsel. More recently, he has been involved in important and complex legal cases and he has chaired health-related public inquiries including the Mid-Staffordshire inquiries. For the last 2 years he has been President of the Medico-Legal Society and has been instrumental in bringing its constitution and standing orders up-to-date.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool.  After training in Cambridge, London and the USA, he moved to Liverpool as a consultant in 1980.  He is past-president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Society of Gastroenterology and chaired Liverpool Health Partners, created to promote an Academic Health Science System in Liverpool, for six years. He chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance and the Department of Health Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group.  He is a member of the Climate and Health Council.

Angela Hall

Angela is Emeritus Reader in Clinical Communication at St George’s University of London and is the Faculty’s Educational Advisor. Her commitment to clinical education and assessment comes from a background as a nurse. She went on to obtain qualifications in Psychology, Sociology and Counselling.  She has a wealth of experience in a number of clinical settings, both undergraduate and post-graduate. Her enthusiam for and commitment to the examinations has helped develop a cohort of committed examiners and candidates who have commented that the OSCEs are ‘really good’ and ‘enjoyable’.

Helen Hammond

Oxford graduate and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Helen Hammond is a retired Consultant Paediatrician. She championed interagency working for child sexual abuse cases in Scotland. In 1998 Dr Hammond undertook an MSc in Forensic Medicine at Edinburgh University and subsequently gave expert opinion on infant child abuse cases. As RCPCH representative she assited in the development of the Diploma in Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault in collaboration with the Society of Apothecaries which led to the development of the membership examination for the FFLM. She was a lead examiner for the OSCE until she fully retired in 2017.

Kevin Hayes

Mr Kevin Hayes is a Consultant and Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Education at St Georges, University of London. He was an External Examiner for FFLM examinations for 2012 to 2020. His advice and guidance on examination practices at all times enshrined fairness to candidates, high standards and best practice.

Judith Hinchliffe

Judith has worked around the world as a member of the Disaster Victim Identification teams for the United Kingdom and New Zealand and now continues with casework in Australia. Her longstanding affiliation with Forensic Physicians enabled her to assist with recognition and analysis of bitemarks in the living and deceased. Judith was the first female president of the British Association for Forensic Odontology and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. She has had articles published in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to textbooks and continues to lecture nationally and internationally.

Dr Josephine Howitt

Dr Josephine Howitt was Principal Forensic Medical Examiner in South London undertaking both the general work and sexual assault.  She brought attention to the poor conditions of detention of Home Office prisoners in police and magistrates court cells during prison overcrowding.  A comparison of forensic medical services between Melbourne and London followed a sabbatical year spent as FMO. in Melbourne Australia.  The adult sexual assault chapter in Clinical Forensic Medicine was co-written with Dr Debbie Rogers.  An active member of The Association of Police Surgeons and a council member (forensic and legal section) of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Eva Jacobs

Eva Jacobs entered medicine by the somewhat unusual route of a first degree in English Language and Literature followed by teaching in girls’ secondary schools. She then had the chance to take an MBChB at Manchester University, and while starting her career as a GP, was lucky enough to be recruited and trained by Dr Raine Roberts as she set up St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre.  Eva spent the next 21 years, till her retirement, combining General Practice and Forensic Medicine and felt honoured to be elected a Fellow in recognition of her work in Forensic Medicine.

Professor Bernard Knight

Bernard Henry Knight CBE is a British forensic pathologist and writer. He became a Home Office pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980.

Professor Nikolas P Lemos

Professor Nikolas Lemos is Professor of Forensic Medical Sciences at Barts and The London and Visiting Professor of Toxicology at Saint Louis University and Athens University. He has co-authored over 85 papers, abstracts, and book chapters including seminal studies of Cannabis in Postmortem Toxicology and alternative biological specimens. He has previously served as Science Editor of “Medicine, Science and the Law,” and currently serves as Ethics Committee Chair of the California Association of Toxicologists and as Diveristy and Outreach Chair of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr Carl Leung

Dr Carl Leung is a pioneer in Forensic Odontology in Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. He has been working in the field since 1988. He is the first Chinese forensic dentist. He has a major influence in the training and development in forensic science in the region. He has been appointed as the first Honorary Professor of Forensic Science of Tung Wah College in HKSAR.  Apart from his clinical duties, Dr Leung has been appointed to committees to government hospitals, Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics, and many other Rehabilitation services. He is dedicated to helping the underprivileged in the region

Dr Suzy Lishman

Suzy is eminent in her field, influential in promoting the highest of standards of practice, advised on, and supported, the forensic and legal medicine specialty application. For her role in pathology nationally/internationally, she was awarded the CBE and honoured by many other institutions. She masterminded the design of the new RCPath building opened in October 2019. She continues in active practice and in her role developing Medical Examiners in ensuring an accurate system of death certification and appropriate referrals to the Coroner as well as supporting bereaved families.

His Honur Judge Mark Lucraft QC

Mark Lucraft is the Chief Coroner, having judicial oversight of the coroner system in England and Wales. He combines this role with his role as a judge of the ‘Old Bailey’, the Central Criminal Court in London. He has overseen the training programme for coroners and has produced and revised much-needed guidance. He has secured and maintained the trust and confidence of coroners at a time of much societal change and limitation of resources. Very recently he has been appointed Recorder of London, the most senior judicial appointment in the City and will fulfill this role whilst continuing as Chief Coroner.

His Honour Judge Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews has made a major contribution to Coroners, first as a solicitor-advocate in representing them at Judicial Reviw hearings in the High Court, secondly as the editor of several editions of several editions of the leading textbook on coroner law and thirdly as a practitioner coroner for many years in the City of London as deputy to Dr Bob Chambers and then as his successor as senior coroner.

Baroness Molly Meacher

Molly Meacher was appointed a Cross-Bench Peer in 2006. She was a Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority in the 1990s, having worked in mental health over many years. She has been the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform for eight years and helped to secure a more flexible approach to drug policy by the United Nations. This year, after a long campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Group, the UK Government agreed to legalise medical cannabis for some conditions. The regulations are expected very soon.

Alan Merry

Alan is an anaesthetist and specialist in chronic pain management in Auckland.  He co-founded the New Zealand Medical Law Reform Group, whose advocacy led to the introduction of a “major departure standard” for negligent manslaughter in New Zealand.  This contributed to the development of today’s effective and just regulatory environment for healthcare in New Zealand. Alan’s research and writing (including his co-authored book, Merry and McCall Smith’s Errors, Medicine and the Law, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press 2017) focusses on improving patient safety, which he believes is the best way to reduce the medico-legal aftermath of avoidable harm in healthcare.

Dr Padmini Mishra

MBBS FRCOG FRCGP FFSRH MNAMS Hon FFFLM

Mini is a Senior Medical Officer for the Scottish Government, providing leadership to several multiagency programmes.  Mini specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Practice. She was also the Principal Forensic Physician and clinical tutor for primary care in London and Cambridge Universities.  Mini has extensive experience and expertise in healthcare management to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce inequalities, including the transfer of responsibility for the healthcare of prisoners from Scottish Prison Service to Health Boards, the transfer of healthcare and forensic medical services from Police Scotland to Health Boards, and the respectful management of the deceased.

Tara Moore

Tara Moore is Professor of Personalised Medicine at Ulster University, with a wealth of experience in universities and industry partners across the UK, Europe and USA, focusing on the development of partner diagnostics and treatment for genetic eye disease. The culmination of Tara’s contribution to health, well-being and safety and improving people’s lives was recognised with a prestigious Women in Science and Engineering award, presented by HRH Princess Anne, and a Winston Churchill Fellowship. She is a Fellow of Royal Society of Biology, UK, Royal Society of Arts, UK, Royal Society of Medicine, UK, Senior Associate of Royal Society of Medicine and Honorary Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (London) FRCP, FFLM.

Mary Newton

Mary worked as an operational forensic biologist from 1979 for the Metropolitan police and subsequently the Forensic Science Service until they closed in 2012.  Mary then worked as an Independent National Forensic Advisor for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences. In 2010/2011 she was seconded as the forensic subject matter expert for the National Support Team, set up by the NHS and Home Office, to review SARC provision in England and Wales. In July 2012 she was assigned to support the Forensic Regulator’s office as a Specialist Advisor and currently chairs a group looking at Forensic Medical Examination Standards within SARCS.

Dr Guy Norfolk

Dr Guy Norfolk was the founding President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and formerly Consultant Forensic Physician to Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  He chaired the Education and Research Committee of the Association of Forensic Physicians and was for several years forensic medical advisor to the Police Complaints Authority.  He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a co-author of a textbook on clinical forensic medicine. In 2009, he was the David Jenkins Professor of Forensic Medicine in 2009.  He retired from active clinical forensic medical practice in 2010.

Professor Michael S Pollanen

A trailblazer in Canadian forensic pathology gifted with the intelligence, foresight, determination and drive to effectively acccomplish difficult tasks, aided by a group of empowered and talented professionals he has trained as part of his unselfish attitude to give back to the forensic community that has nutured him and so ensure the continued development of forensic pathology in Canada.

Professor Keith J.B. Rix

BMedBiol (Hons), MPhil, LLM, MD, FEWI, FRCPsych, Hon FFFLM

Keith Rix is a forensic psychiatrist whose involvement in the forensic field began in the 1960s when he lived in hostels in London with ex-offenders and assessed prisoners for hostel admission. He was Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at HM Prison, Leeds, for over 35 years. He has provided expert evidence to the courts since 1982, including evidence on a pro bono basis in capital cases in the Caribbean and Africa, and he is the author of Expert Psychiatric Evidence. He is now Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, University of Chester, and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Raine E.I Roberts MBE

Awarded the MBE for services to Medicine, Raine graduated with distinction from Manchester Medical School in 1955 and was in General Practice with her husband, Jim, for many years. She was a respected physician expert in sexual assault. She passed the DMJ in 1979 and worked tirelessly to improve the standard of forensic examinations and independent expert witnesses in court. In 1986 she was a key person in setting up the first sexual assault centre in the country, The St. Mary’s Centre in Manchester. She was the consultant and medical director there from its inception until retiring in 2003.

Professor Pekka Saukko

Pekka Saukko, Dr. med. (Vienna, Austria), DMSc, Dr. h.c., FFFLM (Hon), FBAFM (Hon), emeritus professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Turku, Finland; member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Legal Medicine, Royal Belgian Society of Legal Medicine, German Society of Legal Medicine and Japanese Society of Legal Medicine

Dr Peter Schutte

Dr Peter Schutte MB ChB FRCP HonFFFLM MRCGP DMJ DA DRCOG was a GP, Hospital Practitioner in anaesthesia and Police Surgeon on the Isle of Wight before joining the Medical Defence Union in London in 1985 as a medico-legal adviser.  He was Head of Advisory Services. He became the foundation Treasurer of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine in 2006, and Registrar from 2011 to 2014. He initiated the Diploma in Legal Medicine. He retired (aged 70) from the MDU in 2018, but remains a Responsible Officer Appraiser for NHS England.

Sir Richard Thompson

Sir Richard Thompson KCVO was an academic gastroenterologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, London 1972-2005, physician to HM the Queen 1984-2005, Treasurer (2003-10) and then President (2010-14) of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a Trustee of several medical charities.

Professor Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson is Professor and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) at Teesside University. An award-winning academic, he has spent his career developing new methods and tools to support forensic practice in challenging contexts while also practicing around the world. He has published significantly and has produced four books – including Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction and Human Identify and Identification. A Fellow of both the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute, he is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine.

Gillian Tully

Ph.D., MCSFS, HonFFFLM, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University

Gill has worked in forensic science for over 25 years, specialising in DNA, innovation, validation, and enhancement of quality standards. In November 2014, Gill took up the appointment of Forensic Science Regulator with responsibility for setting quality standards for forensic science.  Gill has issued guidance for avoiding contamination in Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and custodial settings and is developing a quality standard for the collection of samples in SARCs for scientific analysis. She is a member of the FFLM’s Forensic Science Sub-Committee and works with scientists, healthcare practitioners and regulatory bodies to improve awareness of contamination and improve quality standards.

Mr Peter Walton

Peter Walton initially trained as a police officer. In March 2000 he joined the National Policing Improvement Agency (which subsequently became the College of Policing) rising to Head of Academic Programmes.

Peter was responsible for Higher Education programmes for Crime Scene Investigators and Fingerprint Experts from around the UK based at the National Forensic Centre at Harperley Hall, Durham. He has given numerous international presentations on the use of digital photography in crime scene investigations and pioneered the use of footwear investigation at crime scenes.

For many years a clinical forensic medicine course had been held in Durham and Peter was involved in the merger of that course with a similar course that was run by the Association of Forensic Physicians.  The course was subsequently jointly run by NPIA and the FFLM. Further developments of the course led to it receiving accreditation by Teesside University – the first introductory course in Clinical Forensic Medicine to receive university accreditation.

This sound foundation developed by Peter formed the basis of strong links between the FFLM and Teesside University. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the FFLM in 2010.