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Noel Bartolo

Noel Bartolo joined an international bank in Malta in 1995 and worked through the management ladder within the Internet Banking Team. After a number of years supporting project development on the Corporate and Personal Internet Banking platforms, Noel sought to further his career in Global Service Centre Management. He was appointed as the Head of Banking Operations (Cards & Wealth) in 2011, and soon took over the Management of the Probate, Trust and Custody Services sections. In 2014, Noel was asked to lead and embed the implementation of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Sanctions policy. In 2015, Noel joined the Bank’s Financial Crime Compliance team. He is presently the Head of the AML investigations team in Malta and deputises for the Money Laundering Reporting Officer in relation to policy and procedure guidance.

Sue Black

Professor Dame Sue Black is one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists, and is Director of both the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. Her forensic expertise has been crucial to many high-profile criminal cases, and in 1999 she headed the British forensic team’s exhumation of mass graves in Kosovo. In 2005 she participated in the United Kingdom’s contribution to the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification operation as part of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami international response. She holds two police commendations for the quality of her work in assisting with criminal investigations. Her new book, All That Remains: A life in Death, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and provides a fascinating look at death – its causes, our attitudes toward it and the forensic scientist’s way of analysing it.

Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon was born and educated in South Africa, and completed a Master’s degrees in English Literature and Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is Head of Books and a Director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, where she represents writers from around the world, among them Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers and international prize-winners. Isobel has translated novels from the Afrikaans, and her debut poetry collection Weather Eye (Carapace, 2001) won the Sanlam and the Olive Schreiner Prizes in South Africa. Her latest collection, Bearings, is published by Modjaji in South Africa and Nine Arches in the UK (2016). In 2016 she also published a pamphlet, The Leonids, with Mariscat.

Michelle Carlin

Michelle Carlin completed her MSc in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University and has a PhD in analytical chemistry and toxicology. In 2003, she led on a research project carried out at the Institut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie Nationale (IRCGN) in Paris, using liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS). After this, Michelle became the manager of a workplace drug-testing laboratory in the North East before taking up a teaching position as Lecturer in forensic science at Teesside University. Michelle joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in forensic and analytical chemistry where she carries out research in analytical toxicology and the role of toxicology in death investigation.

Peter Francis

Since joining Northumbria University in January 1994, Professor Francis has shaped the development of the University’s criminology curriculum and provision. His published research has focused on victims and victimisation, criminological research methods and crime and social divisions. Peter is currently co-writing and editing a book on Victims, Crime and Society for Sage Publications, and co-writing and editing a volume on Invisible Crime, Social Harm and Global Justice for Palgrave Macmillan. He is also writing a textbook on Contemporary Criminological Theory for Sage Publications.

HH Judge Gittins

Judge Gittins was called to the bar in 1990 and was appointed as Recorder in 2008. In 2015, he was appointed as Circuit Judge and assigned to the North Eastern Circuit, based at Newcastle Crown Court. He tries a variety of criminal cases, but specialises in Class 2 (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences).

Michael Green

Michael Green is a novelist and Professor in English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. He is a Research Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where he was Head of the School of Literary Studies, Media, and Creative Arts prior to joining Northumbria. He is the author of Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction and numerous journal articles and book chapters. As Michael Cawood Green he has published two works of historical fiction, Sinking and For the Sake of Silence, winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose. His latest novel, The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong, which was completed under the auspices of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, is to be published by Goldsmiths Press in Spring 2019.

Tracey Iceton

Tracey Iceton is an author and freelance creative writing tutor from Teesside, with a PhD in Creative Writing from Northumbria University. She won the 2013 HISSAC prize for her short story ‘Butterfly Wings’, and was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with ‘Slag’ and ‘As the world (re)turns’, which appear in the anthologies Journey Planner and Patria. She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with ‘Apple Shot’ and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition for ‘Ask Not’. Parts one and two of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, Green Dawn at St Enda’s and Herself Alone in Orange Rain, were released in 2016 and 2017 with part three, White Leaves of Peace, due for publication at Easter 2019.

Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson is an Associate Professor of Law and is currently Programme Leader of the M Law Exempting degree. Since 2010, he has also been Deputy Director of the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. Adam has published widely in the field of criminal justice with a particular focus on criminal law reform, expert evidence in criminal proceedings, “criminal Justice information” (including criminal records and forensic bio-information) and international criminal justice co-operation. He is currently involved in a NordForsk/ESRC funded research project, Police Detectives on the TOR-network: A Study on Tensions Between Privacy and Crime Fighting. Adam has also been Case Note Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law since 2012.

David Mark

David Mark spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post – walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels. His writing is heavily influenced by the court cases he covered during this time: the defeatist and jaded police officers; the competent and incompetent investigators; the inertia of the justice system; and the sheer raw grief of those touched by savagery and tragedy. He has written six novels in the McAvoy series and the first, Dark Winter, was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016. His first historical thriller, The Zealot’s Bones, is out now. David also lectures in Creative Writing.

Denise Mina

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. She then worked in a number of dead-end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, misusing her student grant to write her first novel. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Christopher Mitford

Christopher Mitford was called to the bar in 2001 and practised in chambers in Newcastle, principally in the area of criminal law. He taught at Northumbria University between 2012 and 2015, after which he spent two years working for an international bank in Malta as an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Manager where his role involved AML education and AML investigations. Having returned to the University in November 2017 he is now the Money Laundering Reporting Officer of the Student Law Office, a functioning law firm based at the University, and is also a door tenant at Trinity Chambers.

D/Supt. Mick Paterson

D/Supt. Mick Paterson worked on Operation Sanctuary, and has been a Detective in Northumbria police for 28 years. He heads up the Complex Case Unit created in the wake of Operation Sanctuary, which looks at child sexual exploitation and organised criminality. In the past he has been an SIO, headed Counter Corruption and been involved in undercover work.

Anna Richardson

Anne Richardson is a grade 4 prosecutor and practises exclusively in crime. She has a wealth of experience dealing with sexual offences of all categories, and has developed a particular expertise conducting cases of historic abuse allegations and those involving young and vulnerable defendants. She also deals with cases involving domestic violence and indecent images of all levels. Anne has prosecuted and defended in cases involving serious violence, including murder. She has also represented those accused of multi-handed drugs’ conspiracies.

Professor Mike Rowe

Professor Mike Rowe has an international reputation for his research and publications in the field of policing, paying particular attention to policing culture and reforms, race and racism and the policing of domestic violence. Other interests include on-line victimisation and offender desistance. He has published seven books on policing, crime, race and related issues, and in recent years has been a member of the Executive of the British Society of Criminology and Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. From 2010-2012 Mike was an academic member of the Independent Police Commission chaired by Lord Stevens.

Laura Seebohm

Laura Seebohm is Operational Director at Changing Lives, leading on Women’s Services, Criminal Justice, Health and Employment. She has over 20 years’ experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors, and worked as a Probation Officer before joining Changing Lives in 2006. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, her projects span the North and Midlands and include holistic women’s centres, support for victims of domestic abuse, support for women in the criminal justice system, and services for women and men with experience of sexual exploitation and sex work.  Laura now provides women’s sector expertise for RR3, a voluntary sector advisory group to the Ministry of Justice.  She has been Visiting Fellow of University of East Anglia following research into sex work and sexual exploitation.

Kelly Sheridan

Dr. Kelly Sheridan joined Northumbria University in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences. Prior to joining the team she spent seven years as a Senior Forensic Reporting Officer at LGC Forensics, one of the UK’s most prominent Forensic Science Providers. Kelly was formerly employed as a Senior Reporter in the Marks and Trace department, and a specialist advisor to the Cold Case team for cases involving the potential transfer of textile fibres. Kelly has dealt with a number of high profile cases of national concern, such as the murders of Joanna Yeates and Stephen Lawrence, and cases for the Criminal Case Review Commission.

DCI Lisa Theaker

DCI Lisa Theaker is a senior investigating officer for Northumbria Police, specialising in homicide, kidnap and extortion.

Sue Turner

Sue Turner is a Senior Lecturer and solicitor (non-practising) at Northumbria University.  Sue’s specialism is in international finance and business law, and she researches in the field of anti-money laundering.  As a practising solicitor prior to joining Northumbria University, Sue worked in the banking and finance team of an international law firm, specialising in cross-border finance transactions.

Natalie Wortley

Natalie Wortley was called to the Bar in 1999 and practised as a barrister for over 10 years, specialising in criminal cases. She was awarded the Bar Council Certificate of Merit and is a former Inns of Court Pegasus Scholar. She was appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels in 2016 and became a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2017. Natalie is also Associate Professor of Law, teaching Criminal Law, Evidence and Advocacy. Natalie’s research focuses on vulnerable suspects and defendants, and criminal evidence, and she has published over 30 peer reviewed articles, case notes and book chapters in these areas. She is convenor of the Criminal Justice Section of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and was Case Note Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law (2014-2017).

Professor Katy Shaw

Professor Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.

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