Forensic Foundations Pty Ltd provides consultancy, auditing and training programs for practitioners working in the scientific and/or legal domains.
Forensic Foundations operates in all discipline areas (not just the traditional forensic sciences / CSI), focusing on quality management and the interface between discipline knowledge and the legal system.
Our clients include:
Forensic service providers – all disciplines not just forensic science;
Manufacturers of DNA products;
Legal firms and agencies.
Our work can be very broadly divided into the following areas (however if your interest is not listed, this does not mean we don’t or can’t provide assistance to you):
Educational and training services
Quality Management services
Forensic Foundations’ Quality System
Forensic Foundations has established a robust quality management program to ensure that we consistently deliver flexible fit-for-purpose forensic programs to our clients aligned to our Quality Policy.
Forensic Foundations’ Quality Policy
The Management and Staff of Forensic Foundations are committed to and focused on supporting the justice system as a whole and the individuals involved within the system, through the provision of flexible and fit-for-purpose forensic training, quality management, proficiency testing (complying with ISO 17043) and consultancy services.
The Management and Staff are committed to satisfying all applicable requirements and to continually improving the Risk Management and Quality Management Systems.
Forensic Foundations comprises a core and an extensive network of experienced practitioners (specialists in multiple fields, legal practitioners, academics, etc) on which to draw. With a specific brief, Forensic Foundations forms a tightly focused team tailored for your exact needs, reducing time, resources and cost.
The core comprises:
Director – Anna Davey B.Sc. (Hons) (Melb), M.Sc. (Melb), Grad Dip Legal Studies (UNE), Grad Cert Pub Sec Mgmt (Flinders), Cert IV CBT (Barton)
In 1988, Anna was employed by the then State Forensic Science Laboratory as part of a small team formed to introduce DNA profiling to Victoria for criminal casework. By 1994, she was Team Leader and had developed an interest in education and training in forensic science. In 1997, Anna moved from casework to lead the ‘Quality Management, Education and Information Services’ team.
From 2000 – 2004, Anna held the position of Executive Officer of the National Institute of Forensic Science and in 2004, was appointed Deputy Director. She acted as Director of the Institute for seven months in 2003/4 and 12 months in 2007/8.
In 2008, Anna Davey founded Forensic Foundations, a specialised service aimed at assisting practitioners entering the forensic arena or looking to broaden and deepen their skills. In 2010, Anna completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at the University of New England.
Anna operates in all areas of the forensic sciences, focusing on quality management, the interface between science and the legal system, and forensic science based R&D. She brings an unequalled depth of knowledge and experience to these subjects.
Anna is the immediate past Vice President (Australia) of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and was a Council Member of Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science (2016-8).
Office Manager – Maggie Pennacchia ensures all our activities run smoothly.
Dale oversees our internal quality programs including ISO9001 certification and ISO17043 accreditation. Dale is also involved with the design, delivery and assessment of Forensic Foundations’ Proficiency Tests.
Project Manager – Ben Davey B.Sc. (Monash)
Ben manages our on-line resources and is also involved with the design, delivery and assessment of Forensic Foundations’ Proficiency Tests.
Our extensive network of subcontractor / consultants includes:
legal practitioners (practicing and academic) in each state and territory;
scientists (currently practicing, recently retired from full time work, laboratory based, university based);
medical practitioners, nurses, social workers, IT professionals, accountants, etc etc etc.
Panel of Advisors
Panel of Advisors
Forensic Foundations is supported by an outstanding Panel of Advisers with over 200 years of forensic science and law experience behind them. They are:
Mr Geoff Johnson Director, Rucker Financial
Geoff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a registered tax agent and registered company auditor.
Professor Paul Kirkbride Professor of Forensic Science, Flinders University
Paul has held the roles of Assistant Director-Science Forensic Science SA, Manager of Business Programs, National Institute of Forensic Science, Melbourne, and Chief Scientist with the Forensic and Data Centres portfolio of the Australian Federal Police
Emeritus Prof. Hilton Kobus
Hilton started in forensic science in Zimbabwe. He then moved to the Australian National University in 1981 as a research fellow funded by the Australian Federal Police. In 1984, Hilton joined Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA) as Chief Scientist and became Director of FSSA from 1997-2007.
Professor Tony Raymond AM Director, Strategic Forensics
Tony commenced his forensic science career in Zimbabwe, but is most well known for his work as Assistant Director (Biology) Victoria Police and Director, NSW Police Forensic Services Group and Director, National Institute of Forensic Science. Tony was the principal scientist in the Royal Commission of Inquiry in the Chamberlain Convictions and in the McLeod-Lindsay Inquiry.
Dr Henry Roberts
Henry commenced his forensic science career in 1981, at the Norman McCallum Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Melbourne, where he worked in the areas of forensic biology and forensic chemistry. From 1988 to 2000 he was head of the DNA analysis laboratory. He had been working the DNA analysis and interpretation area since that time as Team Leader, Branch Manager, and senior case worker. Dr Roberts ‘retired’ in 2008 and now works part-time focusing solely on the interpretation biological material particularly in relation to the DNA profiles.
Mr Alastair Ross AM Director, Forensic Advisory International
Alastair commenced his forensic science career in 1976 at Forensic Science, South Australia. Alastair was the inaugural Director of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS) between 1992 – 2003. Alastair was appointed Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Science Centre in 2003 and served until 2008 when he re-joined NIFS as Director.
Professor Anne Wallace Associate Head of School College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe Law School.
Prior to this appointment, Anne was Head of School of Law & Justice at ECU, Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business, Government & Law at the University of Canberra and Deputy Executive Director for the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration. Anne’s interests are in the areas of Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence Law, Forensic Evidence & Law and issues in Justice Administration.