Sue Carney


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JB Firth Building, JBF106

Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Sue Carney is an operational consultant forensic scientist and part time lecturer. Her area of expertise is the examination and interpretation of body fluid and DNA evidence. She has given expert testimony at Crown Court on numerous occasions and her areas of special interest include the investigation of sexual offences, Bayesian forensic interpretation and the application of quality standards in forensic science.

Sue is a Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Full Profile

Sue Carney is an experienced forensic biologist, employed by the former Forensic Science Service from 2001 to 2011, now a freelance consultant forensic scientist and director of Ethos Forensics, an independent forensic science consultancy and training company.

Sue’s areas of expertise include DNA profiling, encompassing DNA mixture interpretation and Low Template DNA profiling, and body fluid evidence interpretation including blood pattern analysis. She has extensive experience of complex criminal casework involving crimes against the person, including a variety of cold case investigations. Sue has presented expert testimony at Crown Court on many occasions. Her area of special interest is the forensic investigation of sexual offences.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Genetics and Microbiology, University of Sheffield, 1994, and a Master of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology, UMIST, 1997. She is a professional member of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, a member of the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology Forensic DNA Expert Community and an expert volunteer for human rights charity, Reprieve.

In addition to her scientific expertise, Sue is a BSI-trained internal auditor committed to implementing and monitoring quality. She was site quality lead for body fluids at the FSS Chorley laboratory and now provides quality management support to a variety of clients gaining accreditation to ISO 17025:2005.

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Ethos Forensic

Research Activities

Forensic damage assessment of underwear in sexual offences casework; consultancy role, in conjunction with Cranfield University. 


The application of ISO 17020 to freelance consultancy, in conjunction with the Forensic and Policing Services Association, FAPSA, standards working group. 

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Module tutor, FZ3035, The Application of Forensic Science
  • Instructor, FZ4004, Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

External Affiliations and Roles

Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology: Member of the Forensic DNA Expert Community

Reprieve: Expert volunteer