Our Forensic Experts

Many years of training and experience in a variety of forensic diciplines, forensic management and teaching / training makes Forensic Focus the organisation of choice for your forensic 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 Awareness, UKAS

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 121 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 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 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 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 delivery of training to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited is eligible to bid for work in two Lots (Lot 4 = Fire and Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law) each consisting of a number of subject areas which lend themselves to our specialist skills.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

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

Forensic Focus Limited in Partnership with Policing Matters Limited Win another Major Contract

In partnership with Policing Matters Limited, 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, will run for 4 years and can be used by the Police Service and all other Emergency Services.

With 300 suppliers originally expressing an interest in joining the Framework, we are pleased to announce that 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.  

Police Service and other Emergency Services can obtain more information from the Blue Light Procurement Database 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 us at Forensic Focus Limited. Engagement of services from the allocated Lots can be by call-off or through undertaking a mini-competition.

All enquiries regarding the Framework and the services we offer should be directed to Dr Karen Stow at karen.stow@forensic-focus.co.uk or by calling 07816 168759.

Please also feel free to find out more about our partner organisation by visiting www.policingmatters.co.uk

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.


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


or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759


Please also use our contact form.