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 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

UK Research Council Grant Awarded

Forensic Focus in partnership with the University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University has been awarded a UK Research Council (AHRC) grant to conduct a three year resaerch project involving finger and palm marks recovered from medieval documents. For more information regarding the project please access Imprint or https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/hh/history/currentprojects/imprintproject/

Forensic Focus Limited Win Place on another Training Framework

Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework

In May 2016 we won a place on yet another training procurement framework. The Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework consists of several Lots for the training delivery to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited can bid for work in Lot 4 = Fire & Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law each consisting of a number of subject areas matching our specialisms.

FMAT Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

In April 2016 we successfully extended the scope of our ISO17043 Proficiency Testing Accreditation. Our FMAT Finger Mark Visualisation PT Scheme  is now accredited for Powder Suspensions, Physical Developer and Acid Dyes as well as the previously accredited DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, BY40 and light sources.

Forensic Focus Limited Win a Major Contract

Forensic Focus Limited as the lead organisation has been awarded a place on a UK wide Framework for the provision of Leadership Development Services. The Framework hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police, runs for 4 years and can be used by all Emergency Services.

We have been awarded places on 4 of the 6 Framework Lots as follows;

LOT 1 – Executive Leadership Programme

LOT 2 – Executive Development Programme (Individual)

LOT 4 – Leadership Team Development (Executive & Middle Management)

LOT 6 – Specialist Support for Learning Programmes

More details can be found by clicking here or by going to https://www.blpd.gov.uk or through Contracts Finder https://sid4gov.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/login

If you wish to procure any of the above services you can do so without the need for further competitive tendering by contacting Dr Karen Stow at karen.stow@forensic-focus.co.uk or by calling 07816 168759.

Forensic Focus Limited Gain ISO17043 Accreditation for Proficiency Testing

On 1st October 2014 Forensic Focus Limited was awarded ISO17043 accreditation for the provision of Proficiency Testing for finger and palm mark enhancement / visualisation using DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, Basic Yellow 40 (BY40) and Light Sources.


We would like to thank those at Nottingham Trent University who helped to make this possible.











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.