Our Forensic Experts

Many years of training, experience and ongoing competence in a variety of forensic and related diciplines, management, leadership, teaching/training and assessment makes Forensic Focus the organisation of choice for your needs.

Dr Karen Stow BSc, MSc, MBA, PgCE, FFS




Qualification & Training

MSc, Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde

MBA, Strategic Management, Bolton Institute

Level III NVQ, L20 Assessor

ISO17025 Technical Assessor, UKAS

PhD, Forensic Science, Performance & Quality, University of Teesside

BSc, Chemistry, Med Lab Science, DeMontfort University

PGCE, Higher Education Teaching Certificate, University of Teesside

IOSH, Managing Safely, IOSH

Level II, Criminology

Fingerprint Evidence Recovery & Recording Techniques, NPIA

Fingerprint Bureau Manager, NPIA

Risk Assessor, Greater Manchester Police

Project Management, Greater Manchester Police

Laser Safety Officer, Loughborough University

DCS Operation, Foster & Freeman

VSC-2000 Document Examination, Foster & Freeman

Risk Management, Greater Manchester Police

LCN DNA and Trace Evidence Recovery, Forensic Science Service


Areas of Expertise

  • Forensic Leadership & Management
  • Project management
  • Forensic Mark Development / Enhancement
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic, Employability & Quality Standards Training / Teaching
  • Quality / Competency Assessment
  • Auditing & Technical Assessment


Find out more about Dr Karen Stow

Luke McGarr FFS




Qualification & Training

Fully qualified UK Fingerprint Expert

Initial Fingerprint Course, New Scotland Yard

Fingerprint Expert, New Scotland Yard

AFIS trained

NAFIS Operation

Advanced Ridgeology Techniques

IDENT 1 Palm Searching

Disaster Victime Identification (DVI) experience

Footwear Coding & Identification

Diploma in Business Excellence

Stress Risk Assessor

Core Leadership Development Programme

Negotiating Skills

Managing Effective Performance

Health & Safety manager / Risk Assessor

Fingerprint/Identification Bureau Management

Fingerprint Laboratory Management

Crime Scene Investigation Unit management

Hi Tech Crime Unit management

ISO9001:2008 Auditor

Level III NVQ L20 Assessor

European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Assessor

BS/EN/ISO 17043 auditor and Quality Manager


Areas of expertise

  • Forensic Leadership & Management
  • Fingerprint Expertise
  • Forensic Identification
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Forensic, Employability & Quality Standards Training/ Teaching
  • Quality / Competence Assessment


Find out more about Luke McGarr

Forensic Focus successfully becomes a registered Trade Mark

Forensic Focus is now a registered trade mark. This became effective as of 27/02/21 and was entered in the register on 16/07/2121 and

entered in
the register

Forensic Focus Retain Their Place on Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Procurement Framework

In April 2020 Forensic Focus successfully bid for and retained thier place on the Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Procurement Framework and in doing so extended the number of LOTs they are able to bid for.

Proficiency Test Accreditation Extended for Indanedione

In 2019 Forensic Focus Limited successfully extended its ISO17043 Proficiency Testing Accreditation to include Indanedione

Forensic Focus Win Place on Two Further Training & Development Frameworks

In 2017 we successfully won places on a further two training and development frameworks; one for councils and emegency services in Yorkshire and the other for all councils in Scotland.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended for Fingerprint Comparison

In 2017 Forensic Focus extended their accredited Proficiency Testing Portfolio by successfully extending our scope to encompas fingerprint comparison

For more information about our Proficiency Test Schemes please click the following link.

Proficiency Testing











Contact and Appointments

Please contact us on the following phone number with any questions or to make an appointment:


07816 168759 (Dr Karen Stow)


or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759


Please also use our contact form.