Our team is made of up of the leading industry experts

Our story started in 2009 when we identified a gap in the market for technical training within the law enforcement industry. First Forensics has grown from those days to become one of the most trusted experts in the digital forensic industry and we never stop adapting to the changing world around us.

With new and emerging technologies, our in-house product development team are constantly working on products that make once-difficult forensic tasks as easy as pushing a button.

Management Team

Heather Grills


MEng Electrical Electronic Engineering

PGCert Computer Forensics

Heather previously worked with the Forensic Science Service in Northern Ireland (FSNI), before founding First Forensics to provide high quality technical training in this field. Her technical background and drive for quality keeps First Forensics first in our customers choice of provider.

Stephen Grills


BEng Electronic Systems

Stephen’s expertise in product development and training is in high demand. Stephen is regarded as one of the leading experts in Cell Site Analysis and Wi-Fi Forensics in the UK and his patience, knowledge and willingness to share makes him the go-to resource for anything in these subject areas.

Stephen is also the lead in our product development and consistently drives to create tools to ensure consistent techniques are used throughout the industry.

Stephen McMurray

Head of Software

BEng Electronic Systems

Stephen is the in-house senior lead of the software team. His talent for product development has ensured that the Forensic Compass range of products have minimal support issues and work around the clock providing law enforcement with the tools they need.

Phillip Gardiner

Casework Manager

BA(Hons), History of Science, Mathematics

Master of Arts (M.A.), History, Merit

Phillip has worked in radio engineering for over 30 years, working all over the world on networks for the BBC, Hutchinson Mobile, Orange and Contactica. As part of the First Forensics team, Phillip uses his vast knowledge of RFPS to head up the casework department and takes an important role in our training team.

Vikki Longman

Comms Data Lead

Vikki has spent 15 years working in Law Enforcement, initially in forensics, with the last 12 years as a Communications Data Investigator and RF technician. She has assisted some high profile cases and has been a national lead in Law Enforcements RF capability. Her extensive knowledge and ability in these fields puts her in the perfect position to be our Comms Data Lead.

Katie May

Marketing and E-learning Manager


MSc Computer Science

Katie’s background is in an unusual mix of law, computer science and videography which places her in the ideal position to head up First Forensics’ marketing and Elearning department.