I’m an image analyst and medical artist.
I live in Manchester. I own a company called SRi Forensics based in Salford.
I recently took part in the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and had a really great time presenting on forensics about the difference between recognition and identification.
This science is often referred to as facial mapping.
Although I work analysing faces for the police and the defence teams, I enjoy using special software to create realistic looking faces which can be used in gaming
I also enjoy traveling and taking photographs of wildlife. On a recent trip to East Africa, I found a whole tree full of sleeping fruit bats.. I didn’t disturb them…
I enjoy flying across the bush in hot air balloons, taking pictures of sunrises and any animals I find…
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My Typical Day:
After waking and washing, I have a good breakfast, usually oats, granola and fruit juice.
Work starts at 10.00am until 4.30pm. The work is varied, but usually we have lotes of enquiries mainly from the police or the defence teams, to look at video of a crime and see if we can identify the features of the criminal against a suspect.
We have many cases on the go, so the bulk of the day is spent working on the cases using video and photography software, analysing the images and writing long reports to show our findings.
Often, the images I work with are not very pleasant to look at.
Sometimes I get distracted by the views outside the office or go for a walk on the canal basin or along the quays nearby…
I work on three large screens which helps with viewing the videos but if football is on, I may even sneakily watch a game!
It’s very important to balance work with relaxation, so I like to have a shorter work day as it gives me more time to spend with my wife and family.
What I'd do with the prize money:
It would be uuseful to continue my work with a project in Kenya, or do more engagement with UK school kids.
Chorlton High School, Manchester (Comprehensive)
English, physics, biology, art, geography, woodwork, metalwork (O levels)
Physics Biology, Art (A levels)
Foundation Art – Manchester Metropolitan University – Manchester Metropolitan University
Design for communication media (illustration and art history) BA (hons) – Manchester Metropolitan University
MAA post Graduate (Medical Art) – Medical Artist of Great Britain – University of Manchester campus
Media Services – King Khalid Eye hospital – Saudi Arabia
Medical artist – University of Manchester
Senior medical artist / facial analyst – University of Manchester
Owner and CEO SRi Forensics
Owner, CEO and senior analyst, SRi Forensics
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURES memory is:
Meeting kids and seeing them so engaged with the subject.
How is your work linked to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES
I gave a short presentation on Facial Identification in the Lecture presented by Prof. Dame Sue Black
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Quiet, focussed, cool (apparently!)
What did you want to be after you left school?
A Medical Artist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that I recall :-o
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Full time Artist or wildlife photographer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
A Rich Fruit Cake
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be younger, be fitter, be richer.
Tell us a joke.
A man walked into a bar, ouch! It was a metal bar :-)