UKAFN’s Advisors

Jo Delaforce – UKAFN Founding President 2007-2014 & Matron at the Havens SARC London

Jo Delaforce has spent many years working in a variety of acute medical and surgical specialities since 1982 including sexual health, eight years in a busy South London A&E department. Jo started her career at the Havens in 2000 as a Practice Development Nurse and has been the Matron for the Haven service since 2011. Jo has been involved in its development and growth to achieve the title centre of excellence in providing care for victims of sexual violence.

In 2004 Jo received a Commendation by the assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for “Outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the service to victims of serious sexual assault”. In 2005 Jo graduated from the  University of Central Lancashire with a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Sexology. As well as completing the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners course in California USA.

Jo was also heavily involved in the “Care and Evidence” awareness training DVD. As well as the “Clinical guidance for forensic examination following sexual assault.” DVD. Jo was also awarded the Nursing Standard Sexual Health Nurse of the year 2007.

Finally, Jo highlighted the importance and the need for the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN) and was the main driving force behind the creation of the UKAFN. Launched in 2007 which is now a recognised forensic association for nurses and specialist’s working in the field of forensic and custody care.

Ruth Henry

ruthhenryIn a previous life, Ruth began her career training as a nurse RGN working in general nursing, then specialised in psychiatric nursing, RMN, followed by community nursing. She went on to work in HIV prevention within the NHS and managing HIV projects in the voluntary sector. She has developed a broad experience in managing innovative projects and services in the field of sexuality, equalities, sexual health and delivering training to statutory agencies including police, health boards, Scottish Govt. and voluntary organisations. She has worked for organisations such as Stonewall, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Family Planning Association and Communities Scotland. She is currently the manager of Archway, Scotland’s only SARC based in Glasgow.

Dr Gillian Tully PhD MCSFS HonFFFLM – Forensic Regulator

Gill Tully has worked in forensic science for over 25 years, specialising in DNA, innovation, validation and enhancement of quality standards. Her work has included the provision of expert evidence to courts in the UK and overseas, and extensive collaborative working with forensic practitioners around the world. In November 2014, Gill took up the appointment of Forensic Science Regulator as an independent ministerial appointee and is responsible for setting quality standards for forensic science.

 Gill is a visiting Professor at Northumbria University, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Natural History Museum.

Mary Newton – Independent National Consultant and Trainer for Rape and Serious Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Forensic Advisor at a national level to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Rape Working Group which involved regular feedback to group members and action plan visits to forces.

Recognised by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) as a subject expert and as such both designed and delivered the forensic package for the NPIA Specialist Trained Officer Programme (STOP) which has been delivered since 2006. Also registered as an expert for both verbal and written assistance on the NPIA database.

Member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMIC/HMCPSI) joint inspection into the Investigation and Prosecution of Cases Involving Allegations of Rape in England and Wales in 2002 and the reinspection thematic in 2006. As a team member had an active role in the detailed analysis of police and CPS practice and procedures and case file review of force areas visited. Utilised the information obtained to contribute to the inspection reports.

Reviewer of scientific papers for the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine and author of numerous publications relevant to clinical forensic medicine.

Specialities: Recognised national trainer for police investigators at all levels, forensic medical practitioners, SARC support staff and forensic scientists for 33 years

Highly experienced public speaker regularly addressing ACPO, NPIA, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), St Marys Sexual Assault Centre, Manchester Annual Conference.

Expert in Sexual Assault Referral Centre forensic design and associated cleaning/maintenance protocols.

Kirsty Potter – Northumbria Police Scientific Support Operations Manager

Kirsty has over two decades experience as a forensic scientist in roles that have included Senior Forensic Biologist with the Forensic Science Service, Forensic Trainer with the NPIA (now College of Policing), National Forensic Specialist Adviser with the NCA and is currently the Scientific Support Operations Manager with Northumbria Police. During her career, Kirsty has always had a passion for making a contribution to the effective investigation of rape and sexual assault and maximising the use of forensic science in these investigations. Kirsty has been a member of the FFLM Forensic Science Sub-Committee for many years and completed a masters degree in 2016 researching self-referral rape mechanisms, she now continues to work within policing to offer local and regional support to sexual offence investigations, from evidence recovery at crime scenes and SARCs to the use of forensics within the investigation process to try and maximise convictions.

Dr Vanessa Webb – Medical Director at Mountain Healthcare Ltd

Vanessa is dual qualified as a Nurse and Doctor. Over the past 10 years, Vanessa has provided police and sexual offence healthcare services in over 20 difference Police Forces. She has also been awarded with an honorary Professorship by Staffordshire University for her years of voluntary service in advancing and developing the practice of forensic healthcare professionals in both custody and sexual offence. This amazing accolade confirms Vanessa’s status as a leading figure in SARC and custody provision.