The States of Guernsey’s forensics officer for the last 17 years. He previously performed a similar role for the Thames Valley police force on the mainland, where he worked for two years. When he opportunity of returning to Guernsey came up, he jumped at the chance, having been born there and lived there throughout his childhood and teenage years. Indeed, he was so keen that he had even put his house on the mainland up for sale before attending the second interview.
He graduated from Cambridge with a first in molecular physics before going on to qualify for a masters, at Leeds, in forensic science. Now that he’s employed on the island he spends much of his time working with Marc Renouf, and although the two do not socialise they have a particularly close working relationship and each can often anticipate what the other will say next.
Although he gave up smoking when he left Leeds, he’s not quite lost all of the smoker’s habits, frequently breathing out with great force through his nostrils as though exhaling smoke, or heading out to the smoking area with those who still partake, for the social occasion and the second-hand smoke.
A coffee addict, he keeps a constant brew on the go in a flash perched above a low-burning Bunsen burner in his lab. He still spends his weekends surfing whenever the sea conditions allow, and looks after a cannabis plant on his desk, which was left in the lab following its use as evidence in a past drugs trial.
He spends much of his weekends – whenever the conditions allow – surfing off Vazon and has the air of a surfer about him, with a lean body and long curly blonde hair. He’s permanently tanned (natural – not from a bottle or sunbed) with a fine line of untanned skin that’s only revealed along his hairline when he runs his fingers throughout and lifts his fringe.
He works closely with Gregg Minchin, his number two, who had been his competitor when initially applying for his job on the island force.