BAHID Conferences


BAHID Spring Conference

Saturday 10th April 2021 

10am - 3pm UK GMT

"Identification of the Living"

This event is free and exclusive to BAHID members.


At this spring conference we will be looking into the world and realms of forensic identification of the living with speakers covering a wide range of topics from cyber security and analysis, identification from explosive devices, digital imagery and much more. These speakers will share their insights, techniques and tools which make their work possbile.

Jacqueline Pestell - "Identification of subjects from CCTV footage; methods, limitations and controlling for bias"
Jacqueline Pestell, is a Forensic Video Analyst at Pestell FVA based in East Anglia. Jacqueline started her career as Junior Investigator with Kalagate Imagery Bureau in 2003 before becoming a Senior Investigator for LGC Forensics and Eurofins Forensic Services. Jacqueline has worked on over a 1000 cases and given evidence in Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts, Coroners Courts and given evidence in International cases in Bermuda and the Netherlands. Jacqueline has also been interviewed for TV channels including the BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. Jacqueline held the Chair Position of the Forensic Imagery Analysis Group that came under the umbrella of BAHID from 2013 to 2015 before it was moved to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. She continued to hold this position until 2018. 

Jacqueline now runs her own Company, Pestell FVA, continuing to provide her expertise to the criminal justice system and private sector. 

Richard Case - "Fingerprinting and Identifying the Living for over 120 years"

Richard Case has over a quarter of a century of experience in Forensics and Identity.

He began his career as a Fingerprint Expert with the South Wales and Greater Manchester Police forces, processing varied casework and presenting evidence at court, covering a range of cases from theft of motor vehicles and burglary to serious sexual offences and murder. In 2009 Richard became a Subject Matter Expert for the Forensics21 Programme of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). He assisted police forensic departments in England & Wales implement new processes, technology, and legislation. This work transferred to the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) in 2012, and was later transitioned in 2018 to the Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Richard left public service in March 2020 and is currently providing consulting services for his own business, ECLAT forensics & identity Consulting Ltd. He has participated in and organised numerous national and international conferences, and is currently Chairperson of the Fingerprint Division of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Sarah Morris - "Bits and Bytes, To Gain Sight: Using Digital Device Artefacts To Aid Human Remain Recovery And Identification"

Dr Sarah Morris is the Head of the Digital Investigation Unit, part of the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber at Cranfield University. She is a well known Digital Investigation practitioner and academic. She has given multiple interviews across TV, radio, and print formats. Her media engagements have included: BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, HR Knowledge Bank, The Engineer, and BCS Now. Sarah also gave oral evidence at the House of Lords as part of a Select Committee enquiry into Forensic Science (2018). Her interests include Digital investigations, recovery of deleted data, and document recovery. Sarah is casework active, focusing on Digital Investigation casework, but also performs complex data/document recovery, and general consultancy. She has worked on both civil and criminal investigations across a wide sphere of devices and operations. Her most famous case involved the recovery of data from a smart washing machine. Sarah also assisted with a recent CNN investigation by authenticating the digital format of a series of documents. Sarah successfully obtained full GCHQ (NCSC) certification for the MSc Digital Forensics as course director – making the Cranfield Digital Forensics course the first Digital Forensics MSc to gain this certification. In 2018 she was also the only academic shortlisted for the Women in Defence Awards. She has also won 4 teaching awards in her time at Cranfield University.

Michael W. Streed - “Modern Techniques in Forensic Facial Identification”

Michael W. Streed is a (Ret.) Police Sergeant and award - winning, internationally recognized, Forensic Facial Imaging Expert and Author based in the Los Angeles - Baltimore/Washington DC Metropolitan areas. For the last four decades Michael has combined his extensive law enforcement experience and artistic skills to provide forensic facial imaging services to some of the largest, most diverse, police agencies in the United States, including the Baltimore Police, Los Angeles Police Departments and others on some of their most high - profile cases. In 2011, he was selected to become Baltimore Police Department’s first ever, full-time, I.A.I. Certified Forensic Artist. Michael was tasked with building their Forensic Facial Imaging Unit from the ‘ground up’. Once established, he handled one of the country’s busiest forensic art caseloads. Later, Michael led the unit to become the ‘first-of-its-kind’ to be awarded ISO 17020 accreditation. In 2015, he converted Baltimore Police Department’ s Forensic Facial Imaging Unit to an online operation. They were the first major police agency in the country to do so. Today, Michael remains the department’ s Forensic Artist, providing them remote services with the same efficiency as if he were still onsite.

Dr. Eilidh Ferguson - "Growing Pains: Challenges of Facial Identification in Children"

Dr Eilidh Ferguson is a lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD in Juvenile Facial Identification at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee. Her research focussed on the growth and development of the juvenile face and considered potential methods of identification from facial photographs. Following this, she continued to research facial identification methods at Face Lab, Liverpool John Moores University on an MoD-funded project. During this time, she was part of a team providing training courses in facial image comparison and 3D laser scanning. She then took up an opportunity to travel to the USA, after being awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii. She provided identification services to the Department of Defense for skeletal remains recovered from WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars, and her research focussed specifically on the segregation and identification of a large commingled assemblage from the Korean War. In her current role, she supervises BSc honours and taught MSc research projects with a focus on craniofacial anatomy and human identification. Eilidh is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and a Level III certified Forensic Anthropologist.

Mike Moulden - "Exploitation of IEDs to Identify Individuals"

Mike is an experienced Chartered forensic investigator having investigated over 1000 crime scenes and forensic incidents in a career spanning 27 years, working in UK, and internationally. Employed by three UK police forces, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the Special Anti-Crime unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT), the United Nations, and the Forensic Science Service. Mike is a full-time fire investigator with Zetetech Forensic Investigations, undertaking fire investigation for the insurance industry and in addition a part time operational crime scene investigator/manager with Surrey Police. Mike has a master’s degree in Forensic Engineering from the Royal military college Shrivenham, and a honours degree in mechanical engineering. Mike lectures at several Universities and colleges and is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Exeter. Currently undertaking a professional doctorate with Portsmouth University and working towards his IAAI CFI certification. Mike has worked on the forensic investigation of Grenfell Tower, German Wings Mass Homicide, Marine DVI recovery in the Persian Gulf. Mike undertook five tours of Afghanistan in support of military operations in Afghanistan in relation to IED exploitation and investigation. A recognised expert in crime scene reconstruction and the recording of crime scenes undertaking the training of multiple law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Rawan Shaif - " Unlocking the OSINT aperture - How open source data can aid in the identification process"

Rawan Shaif is an investigator currently leading the Sudan Team at the Sentry - an anti-corruption and illicit finances NGO. As an OSINT Investigator, Rawan previously led the Yemen team at Bellingcat, creating a database of violations using open source information built to an evidentiary standard to address accountability gaps both in Yemen and the wider region. Before joining Bellingcat, Rawan was based in Yemen documenting and investigating airstrikes, diversion of aid, local manufacturing of UAVs as well as other human rights violations.


Feedback from the previous events:


'Thank you for organising such a fantastic conference. It had a really good range of speakers and there was a really friendly feel to it.'


'Just to say how much I enjoyed the weekend in Manchester and to congratulate you on putting on such a good meeting, both scientific and socially. I was really impressed by the genuine research going on and the obvious enthusiasm behind it.'


'Thank you so much for a great weekend. The talks were great and it was a lot of fun catching up with some old and new faces!'