Jo Millington


Biology & Blood Pattern Analysis


Jo has been a forensic scientist for over 25 years and worked for Lothian & Borders Police laboratory (Scotland), the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS), the Metropolitan Police Service before moving into private practice. She has been involved in the forensic investigation of hundreds of major and critical incidents, predominantly as lead scientist in complex investigations and case review. She has reported all aspects of forensic biology including scene examination, bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), luminol application, forensic strategy, body fluid analysis and DNA interpretation.

Jo collaborates with a wide range of practitioners across the CJS and gives expert scientific evidence in many high-profile forensic investigations, in courts across the UK and abroad, for the prosecution and defence. She has received commendations and letters of appreciation from North Yorkshire Police, the Metropolitan Police Service Operational Command Unit, CPS and judiciary, which demonstrates her commitment to delivering excellence.

She is Co-Director of Millington Hingley Ltd and works independently as a forensic science consultant. Her specialism is in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) which she has developed since her initial BPA training with Miami-Dade Police in the late 1990’s. She delivers BPA training around the world for professionals and enthusiasts in partnership through Spattered Ltd, a company dedicated to BPA training and education.


Jo is an advocate of widening participation in forensic science, pro-STEM and pro collaboration and she regularly undertake activities that contribute to education social justice. She conducts pro-bono work as a member of the Advisory Panel of Inside Justice and she is a Trustee of the charity. She is the Forensic Advisor on BBC’s Silent Witness.

Jo also has an MSc Forensic Science, PGCert Teaching & Learning and a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (first class). She supplements this with on-the-job training and CPD. She holds visiting positions at Kings College London, University College London, the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences and Bournemouth University, where she contributes to their forensic education and research programs. She is a professional member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (MIABPA) and Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCSFS). She regularly publishes articles on forensic science.

Jo has a broad understanding of multi-disciplinary forensic science and specialises in the evaluation and interpretation of biological evidence, including BPA. She has built a strong reputation for writing comprehensive scientific reports that explain the strengths and limitations of forensic science in a straightforward manner and in context with case circumstances. Jo is quality-driven and committed to delivering forensic science that is rigorous and evidence-based.