Laboratory Manager & Forensic Fire Examiner
Superbly suited to his role as Laboratory Manager, Alexander is inquisitive, methodical and sharply analytical. Alexander gained his undergraduate degree in Forensic Science from the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2011 and was commended for his original research work, which analysed accelerant detection methods and was conducted in conjunction with Fire & Rescue NSW. Alexander then went on to study Honours in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Canberra. Here he researched the fire debris analysis process and evaluated a portable instrument for presumptive testing. Alex has also completed the University of Central Florida's Basic and Advanced Fire Debris Analysis courses.
Having begun at GKA Investigations Group as a Forensic Fire Examiner, Alexander is keenly aware of the requirements and challenges facing forensic personnel in the field. He uses this knowledge to tailor laboratory products to client needs, delivering results quickly so that clients can make informed decisions. Alexander was instrumental in the establishment of the GKA Analytical Services laboratory, which was built from the ground up to service the fire investigation industry. A pivotal part of this was achieving NATA accreditation of the laboratory to the ISO 17025 quality standard. Currently, the GKA Analytical Services laboratory is the only private laboratory in Australia that is accredited to perform fire debris analysis testing.
At work, Alexander spends the majority of his time at the lab bench trying to answer the chemical questions that clients pose and mentoring other laboratory staff in the science of fire debris analysis. He is an active member of the forensic industry and is involved in multiple associations including the NSW Association of Fire Investigators, Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. When Alexander has some down time at home, he is an avid tinkerer, who enjoys disassembling electronic devices to discover how they operate.