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Former Head of Operations of Britain’s National Crime Faculty, former Detective Chief Inspector Central Drugs Intelligence Centre at New Scotland Yard, Independent Forensic investigator

Former UK Detective Chief Inspector Robin Napper was trained in the old police methods – get a confession. But he’s now a messenger for the revolution in policing – forensically driven crime investigation.

He was at the forefront of the DNA revolution in the UK and he introduced it to NSW in 1998. He has years of experience and success in crime investigation, training, terrorism and prison security to back up his insistence that scientific based policing is the way ahead.

He was the Head of Operations of Britain’s National Crime Faculty – the centre for excellence and training for all UK police. He developed a national data base of top investigators and experts. He undertook a security review of all UK prisons, and he was part of a major operator to re-investigate cases that had gone cold using DNA, other forensic disciplines, and teams of experts.

He is called on by police from around the world for crime reviews, and training in forensically driven investigations through courses and demonstrations.

Robin is now based in Perth and is an Independent Forensic Investigator. He is a career Police Officer of 31 years’ experience, and has been involved in many hundreds of serious crime investigations. He was seconded to Australia in 1998 as a Detective Superintendent with the NSW Police in Sydney. During his time there Robin was instrumental in introducing DNA technology across Australia, and was a consultant to both Federal and State governments. He was also consultant to 600 detectives in Central Crime Agencies on current and unsolved major crime. In particular the application of modern forensic profiling techniques as a primary tool in their investigation strategy, and played a principal role in the drafting of the Forensic Procedures legislation, and practice and procedures guidelines for all police in Australia. This incorporated a close working relationship with both State and Federal law enforcement officials in Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Tasmania. This legislation paved the way for the introduction of DNA from 1st January, 2001.

He has also advised Singapore, Thailand and Middle East countries on the implementation of DNA in their regions. He has also lectured in many countries around the world on policing issues, and is consulted today by many agencies in complex homicide investigations.


  • Detective Superintendent Thames Valley Police Major Crime Division. Senior investigating officer reviewing outstanding murder cases (cold case reviews) using new forensic technologies and practices.
  • Head of Operations. UK National Crime Faculty.
  • National Police Adviser to the Security Team of Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
  • Trained as a national Hostage negotiator and was involved in numerous armed sieges and kidnap and ransom demands.
  • Detective Inspector at the Central Drugs Intelligence Unit, New Scotland Yard.
  • Adviser to the Olympic Investigation Squad on practical aspects of terrorist investigations.
  • Developed a crime training package for Crime Managers, drawing on cases from around the world. This training included the most up to date ethical and professional practices in accordance with the recommendations of the Wood Royal Commission in NSW.
  • Adviser to UK Home Office on legislation issues involving DNA and stalking.
  • Independent Forensic Investigator involved in case reviews and expert evidence on Police procedures.
  • Lecturer at UK Police Staff College, Bramshill.
  • Attended FBI Academy, Quantico, on subjects of Forensically Driven Intelligence Led Policing & Crime Intelligence within Prisons.
  • Adviser to Romanian Government on strategies to combat serious sex offenders.
  • Adviser to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Oman and Jordan Police Services on the use of DNA in Criminal Investigations.
  • Adviser to Australian Federal Government and State governments on forensically driven policing and the introduction of DNA legislation.
  • Director of Marketing & Development at the University of WA Centre for Forensic Science.


    • Australian Forensic Science Society Journal – ‘The Success of DNA in Major Crime Investigation in the UK’.
    • The Australian newspaper – Leading article on ‘The Proposal for a DNA Database in Australia.’
    • Australian Corrective Services Journal – ‘The Use of Crime Intelligence in combating Drugs in Prison.’
    • Sydney Morning Herald – The Potential of DNA in Crime Investigation.’


Robin is also a much sought after speaker for conferences, seminars, corporate and government events. In his powerful presentation ‘Leadership Matters’ Robin uses two high profile international police cases where the whole issue of leadership came into question. He translates these cases, engaging with the audience, as to what decisions they would have made, and what qualities of leadership were missing. He also has an excellent presentation based on the importance of teamwork and includes fascinating insights into the cases and situations where a life can depend on the ability of colleagues to work together as a team. Robin can tailor his presentation to suit your event theme. He can also deliver a fascinating and informative presentation on CHANGE MANAGEMENT.


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Accolades from previous speaking engagements

  • “Robin’s presentation was a highlight for the majority of delegates at our 2013 conference with many saying they could have listened to him all afternoon. He definitely provided the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for.”

    Luana Abbott, Local Government Managers Australia – WA

  • “Excellent presentation. We have received very positive comments from our staff regarding Robin’s speech. It was thought provoking, entertaining and inspiring.”

    Wendy Green. William Buck W.A.Pty.Ltd

  • “We booked Robin for our annual Perth State Congress. He was so impressive we subsequently booked him for our state congresses in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.”

    CPA Australia

  • “Robin left the audience wanting more which was a great achievement at the end of a very long conference day. He has so much to share and conveyed it so well. We have received excellent feedback from our conference attendees. Very good speaker whose presentation was fascinating, relevant, informative and entertaining.”

    Jim Hodges, RiskCover. W.A.Government Risk Management Conference

  • “Robin’s session was a wonderful way to start day two of our conference and provoked great discussion at both morning tea and lunch. His easy manner of delivery and the subject matter he presented was a winner with all our delegates.”

    Tony Head, Executive Officer, Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics Conference

  • “Excellent presentation. Robin’s case studies were very appropriate for our seminar and his delivery exceeded my expectations.”

    Graham Sharpe. W.A.Department of Sport & Recreation