Peveline Drummond has won the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award 2006.



Peveline graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in Textile Management in 2000. Later in the same year, she began working in the Research and Development (R&D) department at the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in the UK.

Whilst working in R&D, she has pursued an active interest in fibres casework. This includes attending a number of casework-orientated courses and spending time shadowing caseworkers and liaising with them in order to have a better knowledge of casework processes and to ensure that R&D projects are relevant and of use. Peveline has also given a few presentations to convey the results of some R&D projects and to demonstrate how the findings can be used during casework assessment and interpretation. She is constantly trying to expand her links with casework.


Peveline has attended both ENFSI European Fibre Group (EFG) “Young Persons Workshops” (Prague 2004 and 2005) and benefited enormously from them – both expanding her fibre and casework knowledge and her network of contacts and friends. She hopes to continue her affiliation with the EFG in the future.


During the five years that Peveline has worked at the FSS, she has worked closely with Ken Wiggins on a large number of fibre projects. The topics covered have included evaluation and validation of new instrumentation and providing background information for casework assessment and interpretation. Reports have been published (internally and – where appropriate – externally) upon completion of every project.

Her experience and knowledge of microspectrophotometry meant that they also worked on a project investigating the use of the technique for ink analysis.


Key publications

  • Drummond P, Adams J, Wiggins K, Christensen P. Evaluation and Validation of the J&M MSP800 Microspectrophotometer for use in Forensic Textile Fibre Examination. Part I Visible Range. Internal FSS Report TN866, 2002.
  • Wiggins K, Drummond P, Adams J. Validation and Evaluation of the J&M MSP800 Microspectrophotometer for Use in Forensic Textile Fibre Examination. Part II UV Wavelength Range. Internal FSS Report TN895, 2005.
  • Drummond P, Adams J, Wiggins K. FSS Microspectrophotometry Plotting Application (Version 2) Validation. Internal FSS Report TN884, 2003.
  • Wiggins K, Drummond P, Hicks Champod T. A Study in Relation to the Random Distribution of Four Fibre Types on Clothing (Incorporating a review of previous target fibre studies). Internal FSS Report RR832, 2003 and External publication Science and Justice 44 (3) 2004, 141 – 148.
  • Wiggins K, Drummond P. The Analysis and Comparison of Blue Wool Fibre Populations Found at Random on Clothing. Internal FSS Report RR838, 2004 and External publication Science and Justice 45 (3) 2005, 157 – 162.
  • Wiggins K, Day S, Drummond P, Feasby L. An Investigation into the Value of Using Transmitted Light Microspectrophotometry as a Technique for Ink Analysis. Internal FSS Report RR846, 2005.
  • Wiggins K, Drummond P. Identifying a Suitable Mounting Medium for Use in Forensic Fibre Examination. Internal FSS Report RR848, 2005. Currently with Science and Justice awaiting approval to publish.
  • Wiggins K, Palmer R, Hutchinson W, Drummond P. An Investigation into the Use of Calculating the First Derivative of Absorbance Spectra as a Tool for Forensic Fibre Analysis. Internal FSS Report RR852, 2005. Currently with Science and Justice awaiting approval to publish.