Our Team

PAUL JAMES BA (Hons), MSc

PAUL JAMES BA (Hons), MSc

Director

Introduction

Paul is an experienced investigator with 30 years of operational experience of dealing with all types of serious and organised crime. He retired from Avon and Somerset Police with the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent in October 2012 after a career that saw him specialising in the investigation of serious crime. For the final six years of his police service he was at the forefront of the establishment and operational management of the United Kingdom National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), performing the roles of Programme Manager and Unit Head.

Skills

  • High-level investigative experience in dealing with the most complex of criminal investigations, particularly in relation to gun crime
  • Implementing Intelligence Systems on a national and international basis
  • Developing strategies to convert intelligence into streamlined operational activity
  • Making best use of forensic technology in an investigative environment
  • Risk management
  • Management of limited resources to maximise operational effectiveness
  • Programme and Change Management
  • High level Policy development and delivery
  • Reviewing developments in tackling firearms related crime and making appropriate recommendations to improve working practice

History

During his time in UK law enforcement he was a Professionalising Investigation Programmes (PIP3) accredited Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), who in this role led some of the most serious and high profile criminal investigations in the UK. During this time he received numerous Chief Constable and Crown Court Commendations. He has a wide network of contacts in the law enforcement community, legal profession and private industry.

In recognition of his work Paul received the West Midlands Police Chief Constables Award in 2013.

MATT LEWIS

MATT LEWIS

Director

Introduction

Matt is an experienced law enforcement professional.  As the former Head of Knowledge and Communications for the United Kingdoms National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) he has developed a unique set of skills in establishing the worlds leading gun crime intelligence provision. He also has a wealth of experience gained during his time in the private sector.

Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of gun crime on a national and transnational basis
  • International law enforcement liaison
  • Governmental and Ministerial liaison
  • Financial ManagementISO Accreditation – standards, policies and procedures
  • Strategic leadershipContract negotiation
  • Marketing and brand management
  • National and Social Media management
  • Programme Management
  • Information Technology development and delivery.

History

During his time with UK Law Enforcement he became a key interface for government and counter terrorism activity in relation to the Criminal Use of Firearms within the UK. In addition he also played a key role in organisational change, financial management and business development.

ADRIAN WHITING QPM AIExpE

ADRIAN WHITING QPM AIExpE

Head of Small Arms & Light Weapons Control Projects

Introduction

Adrian served for more than thirty years in the UK Police Service, undertaking duties in London, Hampshire and for eleven years as the Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) for Dorset.

Operationally he commanded the Safety & Security operation for the London 2012 sailing events, a number of party political conference security operations and served as a Police Strategic Firearms Commander, including as a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Counter Terrorist Extreme Threats Commanders Cadre. This latter role was a national one concerning combined response to extreme threats, involving joint work with UK Armed Forces. Adrian undertook national responsibility, on behalf of UK ACPO, as the Lead Chief Officer for firearms and explosives control, which included border security and international liaison. He developed policy and assessed technical matters for interpretation.

Skills

  • Senior Responsible Officer for the project that introduced the (UK) National Firearms Licensing Management System, and additionally he chaired the technical sub group for firearms and ammunition classification.
  • Advising UK Government Ministers and giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on firearms and explosives control. He worked closely as part of operations targeting criminal use of firearms and diversion from lawful trade.
  • Adrian held concurrent UK wide responsibility for Counter-Terrorist (CT) Search. This included responsibility for the setting of CT Search standards, the delivery of specialist CT Search training and the provision of operational CT Search support to UK and certain overseas police forces through the Police National Search Centre (PNSC).
  • He was the police chief officer lead for the development of hostile vehicle mitigation, person search and technical monitoring. As a key element of operational planning and delivery, Adrian undertook extensive exercising, evaluation and revision of security plans. This included joint work with the UK Ministry of Defence.

History

Since retirement from the police service in August 2013 Adrian has worked in the defence & security sector in connection with defensive search capability development, weapon sight development and firearms & explosives control.

Adrian was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours 2012.

GEOFF SPICER BA.Ed (Hons)

GEOFF SPICER BA.Ed (Hons)

Head of Training Services

Introduction

Experienced senior police leader, criminal investigator and trainer

Geoff’s unique blend of operational policing experience, academic qualification and experience of training law enforcement agencies world-wide allow him to design and deliver the most powerful training events to clients.

Skills

As a Chief Superintendent with over 30 years’ experience he retired from the UK police service in July 2014. At that time he was the Area Commander for one of the largest and highest performing command units in the South West of England commanding over 1000 staff with responsibility for a budget circa. £50 million.

Geoff is an accredited UK National Police Trainer who holds industry standard qualifications in adult and further education as well as a 1st Class honours degree in education. His thesis centred on the interview of homicide suspects and became a key influence in current national high order police interview technique training.

He has designed and delivered training programmes and events at regional and national level in the UK as well as in the International arena. By example, he has delivered the serious crime modules to the Senior Command Course in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Management of Investigators and Investigations, Intelligence, Drugs Investigations, Covert Operations and Interview Technique Courses to the Sovereign Based Areas Police Service and CYPOL in Cyprus.

Goeff has a high degree of expertise in the investigation of major and serious crime having led his Force’s Major Crime Investigation Unit, investigating the most serious and complex criminal investigations including homicide, gang-related crime, organised crime and shootings.

History

Operationally he has successfully commanded multi-agency strategic responses to numerous critical incidents and crisis such as pandemic flu, terrorist threat and loss of critical business infrastructure and continuity caused by regional flooding and adverse weather.

As elected chair of his local Superintendents Association he was responsible for helping its senior operational leaders to lead and develop the police service to improve standards and to actively contribute to helping to shape policing policy and practice at the national and strategic levels.

Geoff has a cogent talent for managing organisational risk and reputation in the media. He also acts as a Senior Police Consultant to the BBC.

GLENN LAWRENCE BSc (Hons), MCSFS

GLENN LAWRENCE BSc (Hons), MCSFS

Lead IBIS Technician

Introduction

Glenn is a forensic science graduate from Queen Mary University, London.  As a dedicated Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) Technician Glenn’s role entails the operation of the IBIS system to examine ballistic material associated with firearms crime and the management of legally held weapons. Globally he is the most experienced operator of the IBIS BrassTRAX and BulletTRAX HD3D systems.

As well as operating the IBIS system Glenn is responsible for communicating potential ballistic connections to customers across the globe.  His role also involves the recording of results and the maintenance of the ‘chain of evidence’ using standard forms, processes and procedures in alignment with ISO17025. In fulfilling his role he is required to work in accordance with approved procedures and working practices set out by Arquebus and Forensic Firearms Consultancy (FFC).

Skills

  • Advanced IBIS HD3D technician
  • Trained in the theory and practical aspects of firearms identification
  • Professional member of Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Approved IBIS Trainer to version 3.1
  • Scientific background with experience at working to ISO17025 regulations
  • High IT competency in hardware and software
  • Customer communication

History

Glenn has previously worked for the Home Office Scientific Research Branch (HOSDB) in the UK. Working within the Forensic Footwear and Fingerprinting division Glenn worked with wet and dry labs testing fingerprints with powder, powder suspension, ninhydrin and Quaser fluorescence lasers.  In doing so he supported HOSDB in establishing whether sequential testing of fingerprints improved the grade of fingerprints compared to single testing methods.

As part of this work he was tasked with the photography and image manipulation of fingerprints to enable the comparison of grading between sequential processes.  All of his activities were assessed in accordance with ISO17025 regulations.

LAURA LEWIS

LAURA LEWIS

Company Secretary

Introduction

Laura has worked in a range of customer service focused roles for an international premier automotive company since 2002.  Currently holding a management position she is responsible for a number of customer service teams.  As part of this role she is accountable for the teams processes, procedures, performance and financial management.

Skills

  • People Management
  • Process Development and Implementation
  • Customer Services
  • Financial Management
  • Performance Management
  • Statistical reporting
CONNOR PATMORE BSc (Hons)

CONNOR PATMORE BSc (Hons)

IBIS Technician and Double Casting Specialist

Introduction

Connor is a graduate from Coventry University who holds a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Forensic Investigations. As a dedicated Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) Technician and Double Casting Specialist Connor’s role entails the operation of the IBIS system to examine and double cast ballistic material associated with firearms crime and the management of legally held weapons.

Arquebus is able to ensure that the operation of the system and Double Casting is in alignment with the processes and procedures carried out within a client’s own laboratory or within the Arquebus laboratory based in Coventry, England. His role also involves the recording of results and the maintenance of the ‘chain of evidence’ using standard forms, processes and procedures in alignment with ISO17025.

Skills

  • Experienced user of UEFT IBIS BrassTrax HD3D
  • Specialist in the Double Casting of evidence and test-fired components
  • Holds a current First Aid at Work qualification with St John Ambulance
  • Working in alignment with ISO17025 regulations
  • Assisting on research projects

History

Connor began working for Arquebus during a yearlong industrial work placement as a Junior IBIS Technician whilst studying at Coventry University. During his placement Connor supported Arquebus on various projects. Connor continued supporting Arquebus on a part-time basis whilst undertaking his final year studies.

His final year dissertation piece contributes to his expertise in Double Casting that was ‘An investigation into refining the process of replicating ballistic material using Double Casting to increase its efficiency and enable mass production’.

Connor also has previous experience as coordinator for a student led scheme that is run by West Midlands Police and local campus Police Officers at Coventry University. Connor was responsible for organising teams of volunteers to help reduce crime on campus and student let properties.

He also run various awareness campaigns to improve the relationship between students and the police as well as bringing current issues from students to their attention to act upon.

FORENSIC FIREARMS CONSULTANCY (FFC)

FORENSIC FIREARMS CONSULTANCY (FFC)

Introduction

Two world-renowned experts, Mark Mastaglio and Angela Shaw, lead the Forensic Firearms Consultancy (FFC) Ltd. FFC Ltd. offers bespoke, customer-led solutions to all firearms and gunshot residue (GSR) related investigations. It is the only UK-based private consultancy offering this level of expertise, experience and worldwide reputation in firearms and GSR. FFC Ltd. undertake work at every level and has extensive experience of complex, sensitive cases from across the globe. A balanced, impartial and scientifically robust approach is guaranteed.

The consultancy offers its services to commercial organisations, solicitors/advocates – both civil and criminal, law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academic institutions and established forensic science providers. Its reach is worldwide. The company prides itself on providing a wide range of advisory services to the criminal justice system stakeholders, offering them without prejudice or bias.

From 2009 to 2011 Mark was Chair of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Firearms and Gunshot Residue Expert Working Group. ENFSI is responsible for the harmonisation of procedures throughout Europe and is recognised by the European Union as the source of advice on forensic science issues. He is now an associate member of the Group.

Mark Mastaglio

  • Bachelor of Science Honours degree
  • Former Ministry of Defence research scientist specialising in the hazard assessment of explosives
  • FSS Principal Scientist for firearms examination; he was the national scientific lead for the discipline within the FSS
  • Former member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group, ACPO FELWG, and a member of its Technical Sub-Group and associated tripartite Home Office, ACPO FELWG, British Shooting Sports Council forum.
  • He was a Home Office appointee on the Historic Weapons Reference Panel and was also a Home Office advisor on issues of general firearms classification
  • He was the UK Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) Lead Assessor for firearms until the closure of CRFP in 2009
  • He was a member of the Home Office Firearms Standards Group. The Group monitors the scientific standards employed in the delivery of firearms related forensic science
  • Over the last twenty-four years he has given forensic firearms related expert testimony in the Magistrates, Crown, Appeal, Coroners and Military courts.
  • He is a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society and a member of the Association of Firearms and Tool Mark examiners (AFTE)
  • He is an international assessor for the Netherlands register for expert witnesses in forensic firearms examination

Angela Shaw

  • First class Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry
  • For eleven years she was employed by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) at the London Laboratory specialising in the recovery and identification of gunshot residues (GSR)
  • From October 2005 to February 2012 she was the Principal Scientist of the GSR section at the FSS and set all technical and quality standards for the evidence type
  • A trained auditor and undertook audits within the FSS and at European Forensic Laboratories. Is an Associate Member of the Firearms/GSR Working Group of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and sat on the Steering Committee as Secretary
  • She is a contributing author to the 3rd edition of the textbook ‘Crime Scene to Court The Essentials of Forensic Science’, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010
  • She is Professional Member of the Forensic Science Society.
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History

During their time at the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS), Mark Mastaglio and Angela Shaw became the most senior scientists working in forensic firearms and gunshot residue (GSR) respectively. They provided leadership in their roles as the national scientific leads in their fields.

With over 35 years’ combined experience Mark and Angela have acquired a huge range of forensic firearms expertise. They can develop and assess quality standards against ISO 17025, whilst providing the necessary expertise to troubleshoot quality issues. Audit, competency and quality assurance regimes can be established ensuring the highest of standards are embedded and maintained.

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