Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Dr. Tim Clayton

Dr. Clayton was a Principal Scientist at Forensic Science Service (FSS) prior to its closure in March 2012. He has an extensive career at the Forensic Science Service spanning over 20 years. He was in charge of the implementation of first DNA STR profiling unit in the world at the FSS. He oversaw the building of the laboratory, the procurement of the necessary instrumentation, the installation, commissioning and operational validation of the laboratory. Between 2007 and 2012, Dr. Clayton was appointed Consultant Forensic Scientist and professional lead for discipline of DNA profiling. During this time he was responsible for providing expert scientific services to Law Enforcement Agencies, the Defence and private sector customers. Consequently, Dr Clayton has provided evidence to the Court of Criminal Appeal in a number of high profile cases, including: R v Jeremy Bamber (Defence), R v Sean Mitchell (Defence), R v Susan May (Prosecution), R v Reed & Reed (Prosecution) and R v Weller (Prosecution).

Dr. Clayton has published scientific papers in peer reviewed journals in the area of DNA and forensic science and co-authored of a number of chapters in a mainstream forensic textbooks. He has also created and for the past 10 years administered the National Missing Persons DNA Database. In conjunction with others, Dr. Clayton has developed a number of computer software packages to assist forensic scientists in the statistical analysis of DNA profiles. He is an experienced training instructor to local and overseas forensic scientists, senior police officers, National Scientific Support Managers as well as the Crown Prosecution Service.

Tim is a Visiting Researcher with NUCFS.


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