Professor Angela Gallop has been awarded a CBE for services to forensic science in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours published today (Saturday).

Angela, chief executive of Axiom International and Forensic Access, is regarded as one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists,  having  driven change  and  transformation within the service over many years, helping to establish the UK  at the very pinnacle of forensic science.  A specialist in cold case investigations, through her expertise and tenacity, she led the forensic teams to find the vital forensic evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging investigations, including Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell.

She began her career 41 years ago working for the Home Office Forensic Science Service, before branching out on her own and setting up a string of independent forensic science companies, helping defence and prosecution teams alike to make forensic science as powerful and ‘safe’ as possible.

Her work has also directly contributed to solving a large number of so-called “cold cases,” in addition to those mentioned, the Cardiff Three and the Coastal Path Murders.

Commenting on the announcement, Angela said: ‘‘I count myself very lucky to have discovered a lifelong passion – in my case for forensic science, to have been able to indulge this passion through my career, and now to be honoured for it in this most wonderful way.  Looking back, I was always going to be a scientist but forensic science gave me the opportunity to use science to answer real and immediate questions and to contribute to something as fundamentally important to society as criminal justice. Of course, whatever I have been able to achieve has been due in no small part to continual and unstinting support from my brilliant teams of scientists, even on those occasions when they might not have been entirely sure why, and  I am indebted to them.”