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)

Anna Davey was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree with honours in 1980 and her Master of Science in 1987.

Anna was employed as a hospital scientist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for four years. In 1984, she was awarded the Lady Latham Research Fellowship, which allowed her to conduct genetic research and which culminated in the Master of Science degree.

Between 1986 and 1988, Anna worked as a Research Officer in the Centre for Early Human Development at Monash University.

In 1988, she 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. In 1997, Anna completed a Certificate IV in Competency Based Training and Assessment and in 1998, a Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management.

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.

Anna has a particular interest in the interface between experts and the law and has conducted provision of expert evidence workshops over the last sixteen years.

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.

Of special interest is her ability to help prepare inexperienced practitioners for appearances in court or when required to provide expert advice.

Anna was a “Partner Investigator” in ARC Linkage Grant 2009-2013 ‘The Effectiveness of Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System’. A collaboration of the University of Tasmania; University of Technology, Sydney; Victoria Police; and the Australian Federal Police.

Anna is the immediate past Vice President (Australia) for the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and is a Council Member of Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science.