Nicholas Smith

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy Manager

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy, Lancashire Police Headquarters

+44 (0) 1772 41 6209

Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Nik Smith has been the manager of the LFSA since January 2018. Prior to this, Nik was a Senior Forensic Practitioner.



Full Profile

Nik joined the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in 1996 working as a DNA analyst on the National DNA Database in Birmingham before transferring to the North West Forensic Science Laboratory in Chorley where he initially trained as an assistant forensic scientist within the evidence recovery unit before undertaking his Reporting Officer training as an expert witness in biological evidence and DNA interpretation.

Nik was a scene attending scientist within the major incident team at the Chorley laboratory and has been involved in a large number of complex and sometimes high profile forensic investigations.

Nik was the local Lead Scientist for Blood Pattern Analysis at the FSS Chorley Laboratory and was part of a team of lead scientists responsible for the quality and training of other FSS scientists across the country in this area. More recently he held a similar position with Cellmark Forensic Services in the area of Case Assessment and Interpretation (CAI).

Nik has provided expert evidence on many occasions and at large number of Courts around the Country including at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).

As well as his experiences as a Forensic Practitioner he has also spent several years as a Lecturer in Forensic Science at the University of Central Lancashire.