23rd Mar - 26th Mar
5th May - 6th May
25th Jul - 28th Jul
Jacquie Vallis, BSc (Hons), PgCLTHE, MA, FHEA, MFSSoc - Chair
Jacquie is currently the chair of the Association and has been involved in developing a national forensic radiography response team for over ten years. She was a member of the North of England Forensic Radiography response team and committee, and is a founder member of AFR. Jacquie qualified as a radiographer in 1997 and has been involved in forensic radiography, including emergency mortuary work, since that time. She currently works as a senior lecturer at Teesside University and was responsible for developing the first PgCert and MSc in Forensic Radiography in the UK. Much of Jacquie’s job now involves teaching forensic radiography to people from the UK and overseas. She has been involved in national consultation with various agencies on forensic radiography. She is an advisor on the UK North East Regional Resilience Team and was involved in developing the region’s mass fatality incident plan.
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Chandra Y. Gerrard, B.S., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM) - Vice Chair
Chandra is a faculty member for the department of Radiology at the University of New Mexico with dual appointments in Radiology and Pathology. She is Supervisor of Forensic Imaging at the Center for Forensic Imaging (CFI), at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator and the Clinical Radiology Research Technologist in the department of Radiology at the University of New Mexico. She is currently a Master of Public Health candidate, concentrating in Epidemiology, at the University of New Mexico, College of Population Health. She received a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine (2013), and an Associate's degree in Occupational Sciences - Radiologic Technology (2006) from PIMA Medical Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is board certified in Radiography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Quality Management.
She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) and served on the committee as Honorary Secretary from 2015-2016, and has been the USA Liaison since 2014. She was most recently elected into the position of Vice-Chair of IAFR. She is a Founder Member of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI) and a subcommittee member of the ISFRI working group for Image Acquisition, in which her primary role is the lead protocol technologist who is responsible for delineating the workflow for performing postmortem computed tomography (PMCT). She is also a subcommittee member of the ISFRI working group for Pediatric Imaging, in which her primary role is as the lead protocol technologist responsible for collating international protocols and provide best practice standards for PMCT in pediatric populations with the goal of generating a joint statement of pediatric imaging standards by both the ISFRI and European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR).
Chandra has been involved in post mortem imaging and research for over six years, with extensive experience in PMCT and PMMR. Her primary interest includes pediatric radiography and advanced postmortem pediatric CT and MR imaging. She is lead author of the textbook, Performing Postmortem Radiographs: A Concise Guide, Taylor & Francis, with Dr. Jamie Elifritz, due out in 2017. Chandra is an intermittent federal employee for the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a radiologic technologist for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams (DMORT) Region VI. She also serves as a national delegate for the Computed Tomography Chapter, and a member of the Practice Standards Committee for Computed Tomography, for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). She is currently Chairman of the Board for the New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists (NMSRT).
Chandra has provided numerous post mortem and forensic radiology presentations at state, national and international conferences including, but not limited to: National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI), International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR), and British Columbia Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (BCAMRT).
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Elzene Kruger, N.Dip Rad, BSc, MSc - Honorary Treasurer
Elzene Kruger qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in South Africa in 2002 and has been working as a senior Radiographer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital since 2005. She attained a PgC in Forensic Radiography in 2009 and continued her studies in completion of a Masters degree in Forensic Imaging 2012. She has been a member of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers since 2007 and was chosen as a committee member in 2012. Currently serving as Honorary Treasurer on the IAFR Committee, Elzene is also involved with all non-accidental injury and safeguarding children related issues and in addition represent the IAFR on the NICE guideline development group. She is also the Forensic Lead in a dedicated Childrens hospital, and research co-ordinator for the radiology department and passionate about all aspects of forensic radiography and therefore continually strives for overall diagnostic improvement.
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Edel Doyle, BSc (Hons) Radiography, MSc (Forensic Medicine), MSc (Forensic Radiography), MSc (Computed Tomography), Prof.C (Forensic Radiography) - Honorary Secretary
Edel worked in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin for 9 years where she was the Lead Radiographer for providing a Forensic Imaging service to the Irish State Pathologist. She was responsible for introducing a local Forensic Imaging policy, as well as co-ordinating the review of the national ‘best practice’ Forensic Imaging guidelines for the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Edel has organised a number of forensic radiography study days in Ireland in conjunction with the IAFR which have been very popular.
Edel has published a number of forensic articles in Radiography Ireland (IIRRT journal). She presented posters at the IIRRT and IAFR conferences in 2013. She has guest lectured on the ‘Forensic Radiography’ and ‘Forensic Medicine’ postgraduate courses in UCD. She has presented on behalf of the IAFR at the ISRRT congress in Seoul in 2016.
As well as completing a number of postgraduate qualifications in forensics and radiography prior to moving to live in Australia in 2013, Edel has completed UKFRRT training with the IAFR, the Virtopsy course in Zurich, as well as a Dental DVI course and PMCT Image Interpretation courses in the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Melbourne. She has been supervising a number of undergraduate students from Monash University in undertaking Literature Reviews on forensic topics. In conjunction with Denise Elliott, Edel and Lindsay Batty-Smith have been promoting the IAFR in Australia and New Zealand. Edel has presented on forensic topics at the Australia & New Zealand Paediatric Imaging Conference in 2016 and will present at the national conference of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy in 2017. Edel is a member of the Organising Committee for the ISFRI 2018 congress which will be held in Melbourne where she will co-ordinate the Radiography stream.
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Laura Whitham BSc (Hons,) PG Cert, Senior Diagnostic Radiographer Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle - Minutes Secretary
Laura is the senior radiographer in the Xray department at the Cumberland Infirmary Hospital Carlisle , She is currently helping assist the secretarial role of the International Association of Forensic Radiography (IAFR) and is also a member of the United Kingdom Forensic Radiography Response Team (UKFRRT).
Laura qualified with a BSc (hons) Degree in Diagnostic Radiography in 1996 following her training at St Martin College in Carlisle.
Since working at Carlisle Laura has worked mainly in plain film radiography with her main field being theatre, trauma, orthopaedics and managing the out of hours service. Since completing her PGCert in Forensic Radiography back in 2008 Laura has developed forensic protocols for her department to ensure forensic imaging to carried out to its highest standard.
Laura’s forensic experience includes numerous coroner’s cases including SUDI’s, suspected NAI’s and unexplained adult deaths, as well as being involved in high profile cases where radiography has been used to assist the police to both identify the individuals and assist in confirming cause of death.
Laura continues to keep up to date with her forensic skills by attending study days, IAFR meetings and UKFRRT training.
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Susie Dick (DCR(R), PG Cert, PG Dip - Image Interpretation), Radiographer Advanced Team Manager, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Response Team Co-ordinator
Susie is the lead radiographer in the ED and Orthopaedic department at York Hospital, Is Vice Chair of the International Association of Forensic Radiography (IAFR) and is also the national and regional coordinator for the United Kingdom Forensic Radiography Response Team (UKFRRT).
Susie qualified with a DCR(R) in 1995 following her training at St James University Teaching Hospital in Leeds. After this she worked in several of the Leeds Hospitals undertaking both cardiac angiography and general work as well as assisting in the implementation of the LGI’s PACS system before moving to York Hospital in 1999.
Since then Susie has worked mainly in plain film radiography with her main impetus being theatre, trauma and orthopaedics and she has been instrumental in ensuring that the hospital’s forensic radiography service officially got off the ground. She qualified as an advanced practitioner with a PG Dip in image interpretation back in 2008 and now splits her time between her managerial roles, managing the radiographic team in ED & orthopaedic X-Ray and reporting MSK images.
Susie’s forensic experience includes numerous in-house cases for the histopathologists as well as multiple coroner’s cases including SUDI’s, suspected NAI’s and unexplained adult deaths, as well as undertaking several high profile murder cases where radiography has been used to assist the police to both identify the individuals and assist in confirming cause of death.
Susie was also involved in the deployment to the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) mortuary in London to assist in the investigation of the London bombings terrorist attacks back in July 2005. She regularly attends forensic response meetings at the Home Office and represents the IAFR on the Forensic Expert Provision Board (FEPB) and was part of the team that became influential in ensuring that radiographers were recognised as being an official part of UK DVI (Disaster Victim Identification)
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Mark is a founder member and first Chair of IAFR and is currently the International Liaison Officer of the Association. He is also a founder member and first vice-chair of the International Society of Forensic Radiology & Imaging. He qualified as a radiographer in 1982 and is currently Senior Tutor in Radiography at Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary College, University of London. He was previously Clinical Adviser to Barts and The London Hospitals £1bn redevelopment scheme, and Radiology Services Manager. Before this he worked as a clinical radiographer at several London teaching and prostgraduate hospitals. He is also a Fellow of Cranfield Forensic Institute at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and holds honorary lecturer status at a number of universities in the UK and overseas.
Mark has extensive forensic radiography experience, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. He was radiography consultant and team co-ordinator for the United Nations ICTY forensic teams in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo from 1996 - 2001 and undertook 13 tours of duty between 1997 and 2001. He has also worked as a forensic radiography consultant for the International Criminal Court, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone, the UN Mission in Kosovo, the Dublin Coroner, the Metropolitan Police, LGC Forensics, Inforce, Kenyon International and CIFA.
He has advised the UK Home Office and Government Office for London on Emergency planning arrangements and is the and UKFRRT co-ordinator for London, responding to both the Tsunami and 7th July London Bombings. He has lectured widely at international conferences and has published several papers, book chapters and articles on forensic radiography. He is joint editor of the second edition of Brogdon’s Forensic Radiology.
As a founder member of the Trauma Imaging Group and chair of its forensic radiography committee (TIGFR), he led the involvement of TIGFR in the development of the College of Radiographers guidelines for forensic radiography, the first postgraduate course in forensic radiography at the University of Central England, the inception of the annual COR Conference in 2000 and the development of the TIGFR response team, training and equipment stockpile. With the merger of TIGFR and other forensic radiography groups, he became chair of AFR at the inception of the organisation in April 2005. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and the Fellowship of the College of Radiographers in 2005 and the Gold Medal of the Society and College of Radiographers in 2010.
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Mark Farmer - Membership Secretary
Mark is a diagnostic radiographer who qualified at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University in 1994 whilst serving in the British Army. He has an MSc in Forensic and Biological Anthropology from Bournemouth University. He is currently working as a general radiographer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and CT/MRI radiographer at Lymington New Forest Hospital. Mark is a visiting lecturer at several universities, and enjoys assisting and mentoring students and advising on research and dissertations. He has worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission recovering and identifying the remains of 250 WW1 soldiers from mass graves at Fromelles, France. He is involved in DVI training with the East of England Police forces. Mark is currently the events coordinator of the Association
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Sherril Spencer MsC (Clin Reporting), PgC (T&L), SFHEA, Nat dip (Diag Rad), Nat Dip (Th Rad) - Education, Training, and Research
Sherril has recently been appointed as the Education, Training and Research officer of the Association. She trained as a radiographer in South Africa where she gained extensive experience of forensic radiography including non – accidental injury imaging and is now a member of the UKFRRT. Sherril is currently employed by Kingston University and St Georges University of London as an Associate Professor in Radiography.
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Natasha Kirby BSc (Hons) – Communications Officer
Natasha has recently been appointed as the Communications Officer of the Association. She trained as a radiographer in London and qualified in 2016. Natasha currently works at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, and is building on her experience with NAI and forensic imaging.
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Amy-Lee Brookes BSc (Hons), PgCert, CertFHID
Amy qualified as a radiographer in 2013 and has worked as a Senior Radiographer at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children since early 2016. She joined IAFR in 2014 and completed the relevant training in 2015 to become a member of UKFRRT. Amy is currently undertaking an MSc in Forensic Radiography at Teesside University after attaining the PgDip in 2016 and is now completing research at GOSH.
Amy has forensic experience in adult post-mortem cases in plain-film, CT and post-mortem angiography and has extensive experience in live NAI cases and post-mortem paediatric cases including NAI, SUDI and forensics.
Additionally, Amy has experience working with both adult and juvenile skeletal human remains, mainly through her volunteer work at the UCL Department of Archaeology. Her experience also includes the imaging of skeletal remains, both archaeological and forensic.
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Jeroen Kroll is a radiologic technologist since 1998 and started in 2000 as a specialized radiologic technologist at the Maastricht University Medical Center.
He is specialized in cardiac computed tomography, dual energy and perfusion imaging.
In addition, the scope of his work included developing protocols, scientific research and data analysis.
In 2009 he joined the Unit Forensic Radiology at Maastricht University Medical Center. Since august 2014 he has a fulltime position as a forensic radiology consultant.
His most important role is to maintain contact with the police, procescuters and pathologists, to provide forensic and legal input in the forensic radiology examinations and to expand the use of forensic radiology within the Netherlands. He studied Forensic science, Criminology and Dutch law.
He is a founder member of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI) and member of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR).