Committee

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Michael Forbes

President

Michael Forbes is a Fire Investigator attached to the Fire Investigation and Research Unit of Fire & Rescue New South Wales, with responsbilities to research and investigate the cause of specified fires to reduce the impact of fire on the community and to provide expert evidence for legal proceedings.

Michael has held the position of President since 2014.

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Mark Pellegrino

Senior Vice President

Mark is a Senior Forensic Fire Examiner at GKA Investigations Group, a private fire investigation firm based in Sydney. Mark has examined over 700 fires involving structures, motor vehicles, machinery, and watercraft. Mark incorporates his commercial and residential building knowledge, car enthusiast background, and forensic science qualifications into his fire examinations, and provides origin and cause determinations for the insurance industry and related stakeholders such as Police and the Coroner.

Mark has held the position of Education Officer since 2018.

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Aaron Markey

Junior Vice President

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry degree from University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation from Charles Sturt University. 

 

Aaron joined Fire Forensics as an intern in 2018 and is now a qualified fire investigator. Since the start of his career, Aaron has been involved in a range of fire and explosion investigations, including bushfires, heavy machinery, commercial buildings, domestic violence and criminal cases. He also been involved in a number of legal proceedings throughout her career. 

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Robert McKay

Secretary

Bob McKay is the Managing Director of McKay Investigation Services & McKay Forensic Investigations. Bob is a Certified Auto Theft Investigator (C.ATI) through the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, a Fire Investigation Technician, with Motor Vehicle specialist endorsement (FIT(V)), holds a Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation and is a Justice of the Peace in the State of New South Wales.

 

Bob is currently a member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, The NSW Association of Fire Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and the United Kingdom Association of Fire Investigators.

 

Bob’s career began in December, 1980, initially as an Insurance Investigator. Since beginning his career Bob has investigated various matters, including workers’ compensation and public liability, products liability, professional indemnity, motor vehicle theft, fire and collision; break enter and steal and fire claims. Bob lectured in private investigation at the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE from 1990 to 2002. In 2017 Bob re-wrote the transport module of Charles Sturt Universities Graduate Diploma In Fire Investigation. In 2018 Bob was invited to present at the Fire In Vehicles Conference (FIVE 2018), held in Borás, Sweden, by the Research Institutes of Sweden.

 

Bob specialises in vehicle fire origin and cause investigation and has conducted in excess of 200 such investigations since January, 2016.

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Sonia Kwasnycia

Treasurer

Sonia is currently a Fire Investigator with Fire Forensics Pty Ltd providing origin and cause determinations for the insurance industry and other relevant stakeholders. She was previously a Crime Scene Officer within Fingerprint Operations and Evidence Recovery Unit at NSW Police Force Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command, a Director of the Australian Institute of Forensic Fire Investigation Pty Ltd, and for a number of years, she was a Casual Academic at the University of Technology Sydney teaching a range of chemistry and forensic science subjects.

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Mark Pellegrino

Education Officer

Mark is a Senior Forensic Fire Examiner at GKA Investigations Group, a private fire investigation firm based in Sydney. Mark has examined over 700 fires involving structures, motor vehicles, machinery, and watercraft. Mark incorporates his commercial and residential building knowledge, car enthusiast background, and forensic science qualifications into his fire examinations, and provides origin and cause determinations for the insurance industry and related stakeholders such as Police and the Coroner.

Mark has held the position of Education Officer since 2018.

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Stephen Apps

Committee Member

Stephen retired from Fire & Rescue NSW in 2015 after thirteen years in the Fire Investigation and Research Unit. He now works in a private capacity as a fire scene consultant.

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Mark Hamilton

Committee Member

Mark Hamilton is a Detective for the New South Wales Police Force with 20 years experience. He currently works in the Property Crime Squad - Arson Unit and has been involved in the investigation of numerous fire investigations (structural and bushfire) including the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire in 2011, the  Rozelle convenience fire in 2014 and the Warrambungle National Park Bushfire in 2013. Mark holds a Bachelor of Policing qualification and recently completed his Master of Arts (Fire Investigation) at CSU.

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Doron Levy

Committee Member

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Shane Bryant

Committee Member

Shane is a Deputy Captain of the NSW Rural Fire Service & Fire Investigator and is attached 

to the Fire Investigation and Compliance Unit. He has 35 years of experience as a fire fighter 

and trainer, with 14 years’ experience as a Fire Investigator. He has completed hundreds of 

fire Investigations in Wildfire and Structural investigations since completing training both 

within the NSW RFS and through Charles Sturt University and works closely with Police. 

Besides his duties conducting Fire Investigations, he mentors other RFS trainee Fire 

Investigators. A member of the association for …. years. 

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Barry Sutherland

Committee Member