As the National Manager Operational Science and Technology, Dr Simon Walsh leads a critical operational support portfolio that amalgamates the AFP’s forensic and enterprise and operational technology capabilities. Simon works across government and industry sectors and represents as the AFP’s chief science and technology officer on multiple national and international leadership forums addressing national security, policing, technology, science and innovation.
Prior to his current executive leadership responsibilities, Simon built a career in forensic science and criminal intelligence leadership and practice. As the AFP Chief Forensic Scientist, he developed a reforming vision for AFP Forensics and implemented structural and cultural transformation including the specialist design and function of the new AFP Forensic Facility. From 2008-2016 Simon was the AFP National Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commander. In this capacity, he led numerous major operations including an international operational leadership role in Operation Bring Them Home (the downing of MH17). Prior to joining the AFP in 2006 Simon held a variety of professional and academic positions in Australia and New Zealand.
Complimenting his operational achievements Simon has an established global reputation as a specialist and innovator. He has authored a textbook on DNA Evidence Interpretation, and over 100 book chapters and refereed articles. Simon received his PhD in 2009 and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of Canberra.
In recognition of his service and achievements, Simon has received a range of external awards including the Public Service Medal, Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal and National Emergency Medal under the Australian Honours framework. In 2014, Simon was awarded the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and the Faculty of Science UTS Alumni of the Year.