Angela Gallop has been a practicing forensic scientist for over 40 years. Originally a senior scientist with the Home Office Forensic Science Service, in 1986 she established the independent consultancy, Forensic Access, primarily to advise lawyers representing people accused of crime involving forensic evidence for a better balance at court.
Then in 1997 Angela co-founded Forensic Alliance – the first alternative source of comprehensive forensic services for police and other investigators. In 2005 she facilitated the acquisition of Forensic Alliance by LGC (The Laboratory of The Government Chemist) to connect forensic science with the wider scientific community. For the next 5 years, she ran LGC Forensics - now part of Eurofins and the largest supplier of forensic science services in the UK and the largest independent supplier in Europe.
In addition to setting up and running forensic science laboratories, Angela has specialised in the investigation of complex cases. She established cold case teams first in Forensic Alliance and then in LGC Forensics, personally overseeing the majority of the more complex cases herself. Over the years these have included such notable cases as Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell, and, more recently, the Coastal Path, and Stephen Lawrence murders.
Angela is currently Chief Executive of Forensic Access - mentioned above, and Axiom International Ltd - a security and justice capability and capacity building company working overseas mainly on behalf of the UK Government. She is also Strategic Director of the UK’s first academic Centre for Forensic Science at Strathclyde University. She was awarded a CBE for services to forensic science in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.