MIFireE, FSSocDip, IAAI-CFI, FCSFS
James joined the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) Forensic Science Laboratory in 1972, working mainly in criminalistics, and moved into full-time fire and explosion investigation in 1979. He left the Laboratory in 1998 to set up a private consultancy in the UK providing fire and explosion investigation services. In 2002 he relocated to New South Wales, Australia and now works mainly in the Australasian region although his services are available worldwide.
He has investigated around 4000 fire scenes including over 350 fatal incidents, and carried out laboratory tests on materials from more than 1000 others. During the last fifteen years Jim has also been heavily involved in devising and delivering training programmes and helping to create national standards of competence for investigators.
Jim has contributed to many publications and lectured widely on all aspects of fire and explosion investigation. He is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, holds the Post-Graduate Diploma of the Forensic Science Society in Fire Investigation (accredited by the University of Strathclyde) and is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator. In 2007 Jim was made a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society, a category of professional membership awarded only to individuals who have achieved distinction in forensic science and related areas over a significant period.