Professional Profiles

Below are brief outlines of our scientists' specialities and qualifications.

All of our scientists were Registered Forensic Practitioners for there specialist fields prior to the demise of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

David John Hayward, BSc MSc CBiol MSB

Mr Hayward holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honours  from the University of Nottingham and Master of Science in Forensic Science from King’s College London.  The latter degree was received in part for Research and Development work undertaken in the DNA Department of the Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland. He is also a Chartered Biologist, a Member of the Society of Biology and a Member of the Forensic Science Society. He is a graduate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Bloodstain Pattern Recognition course held at Carleton University, Ontario, Canada and the Metropolitan Police Institute “Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop”, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA.  He is a regularly attends DNA related conferences and workshops.

He has been involved in casework since 1999 and has experience in a number areas of forensic science including; the examination of items for biological evidence such as blood and seminal staining, the experimental application of DNA profiling techniques, the interpretation of DNA profiling results and calculations in alcohol related matters. He has given expert evidence in trials at both Crown and Magistrates’ Courts.

Emma Youngson (nee Lynch), BSc MSc

Mrs Youngson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with Honours from the University of St Andrews and also a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde. She has attended basic and advanced Blood Stain Pattern Analysis Courses held in the United States of America and is a member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.

Mrs Youngson has experience in a number of areas of forensic science including the interpretation of DNA profiling results, alcohol related matters and the examination of items for the presence of biological evidence such as blood, semen and saliva. Mrs Youngson has given expert evidence in both Crown and Magistrates Courts.