Angela Gallop is one of the UK’s most eminent forensic scientists, known equally well for setting up full scale forensic science laboratories as for leading the scientific teams responsible for solving many of the UK’s most complex cold cases. Angela’s forensic science career began in 1974 when she joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service working as a senior biologist in the operational laboratories at Harrogate, Wetherby and then Aldermaston.
In 1986, she set up Forensic Access, primarily to ensure that defence lawyers had access to the same skills and expertise as the prosecution for a better balance of scientific evidence at court. Notable cases included that of Italian banker, Roberto Calvi – found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1981, and who she was able to show had been murdered and not committed suicide.
Then, in 1997, in response to pressure from both the police and forensic scientists themselves, Angela co-founded Forensic Alliance Ltd – the first independent provider of comprehensive forensic science services to investigators and the courts, and the first and only independent forensic institute within the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). Adopting a different approach to forensic examinations, she and her team of scientists were able to help to solve a number of intractable high profile cases such Lynette White (exonerating The Cardiff Three), Cheryl Lewis and Damilola Taylor.
In 2005, and partly to draw in expertise from the wider scientific community, Angela merged Forensic Alliance with the Forensic Division of LGC to create the larger and scientifically more powerful entity of LGC Forensics. She was Director of Science and Innovation for LGC Forensics and sat on the main Board of LGC. She and the LGC Forensics team continued to help solve complex cases, more recent successes including Rachel Nickell (exonerating Colin Stagg), and the Coastal Path, and Stephen Lawrence murders.
Amongst other things, Angela is a Past President of the Forensic Science Society, was a founding member of the Governing Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners, and has advised about forensic course contents, sat on appointments panels and acted as external examiner for Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in forensic science and analytical chemistry for a number of Universities. She has been invited representative of independent forensic science to various government committees and in the private deliberations of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice. She has been invited to comment on forensic science issues on television, radio and in the press, and invited speaker to numerous scientific, legal and lay audiences.
She has also written extensively about the use and misuse of forensic science within the UK Criminal justice System. Angela is also Chief Executive of the Forensic Access sister company, Axiom International Limited, where she is making UK forensic science expertise available to other law enforcement authorities around the world. With her team of specialist scientists, she continues to work on complex investigations both nationally and internationally. Angela is also a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and she sits on the Independent Police Commission chaired by Lord John Stevens.