Staff

Our scientific staff consists of full-time experts and part-time consultants who have experience of thousands of cases.  Our practice manager is in charge of case management and forms the principal point of contact for clients.  All of our full-time staff have security clearance status: SC.

Please note that our part-time consultants work exclusively for J P French Associates in forensic cases.  Any independent enquiries will be re-directed to the main office.

Scientific staff (full-time)

Professor Peter French – company chairman and one of the world’s most experienced forensic speech and audio expert witnesses; Prof French is President of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), a Fellow of the International Society for Phonetic Sciences and of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA)

Philip Harrison – company director with over sixteen years of forensic experience; Philip Harrison holds degrees in both acoustical engineering and phonetics and is a member of IAFPA, IOA and the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP).

Louisa Stevens – company director with over eight years of forensic experience in over 500 cases.  She holds degrees in Linguistics and is an Executive Committee member of IAFPA and a member of BAAP.

Asfah Bhagdin – company director with over ten years of forensic experience; Asfah Bhagdin has native speaker competence in Urdu and Panjabi as well as English, and holds degrees in language studies with psychology and linguistics.  She is a member of IAFPA.

Dr Christin Kirchhübel – forensic consultant holding degrees in linguistics and forensic speech science.  She is a member of IAFPA and BAAP and is PhD Abstracts Editor for the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law.

Dr Richard Rhodes – forensic consultant with degrees in linguistics and forensic speech science.  Dr Rhodes is a member of IAFPA and BAAP and sits on the IAFPA Executive Committee as treasurer and membership secretary.

Consultants

Professor Paul Foulkes – is a distinguished academic at the University of York, who has worked in the field since 1999; Prof Foulkes is a member of IAFPA and BAAP and works mainly with voice comparison, speaker profiling and transcription.

Dr Shahela Hamid – holds degrees from the Universities of Dhaka, Reading and York; Dr Hamid is a native speaker of Bangla and Urdu and has high level proficiency in Sylheti and other Bangla dialects.

Dr Ghada Khattab – is a Lecturer in phonetics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and as a native speaker of Arabic undertakes casework involving recordings in Arabic and Arabic accented English.  Dr Khattab is a member of BAAP.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens – is a native speaker of Polish and an experienced forensic linguist; Dr Kredens’ forensic work with J P French Associates involves recordings in Polish and he is the only expert in the UK who analyses spoken Polish.

Ms Burcu Onder – is an expert on spoken Turkish and is a registered forensic expert in the Justice Commission of Ankara.  She holds degrees from Hacettepe University and York, including an MSc in Forensic Speech Science.

Dr Dominic Watt – is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York and has held teaching and research positions in the speech sciences at institutions throughout the UK and in Germany.  Dr Watt is a member of BAAP and IAFPA and undertakes forensic phonetic casework on a part-time basis.

Management

Virginie Harrison – Practice Manager – Virginie Harrison has an academic background in classics and linguistics and has worked for the past 5 years in the areas of business administration, finance and client liaison.

Research staff

Dr Frantz Clermont – Dr Clermont holds degrees from Australian National University and Polytechnic Institute of New York University and has held academic posts in Australia, Japan, France and Sweden.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a foundation member of the Australian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA), a member of the National Review Board for ASSTA, and a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

Security

Dr Jane French – Security Controller and Company Secretary