Barbara Peters

Forensic Mortuary Practitioner


Barbara Peters has worked in the NHS and public sector of mortuary work for 25 years throughout the UK; one of the positions she held is the Mortuary and Bereavement Services Manager for a large NHS Trust in Merseyside. She is a fully qualified Forensic Anatomical Pathology Technologist which has enabled her to assist many Home Office Pathologists and Consultant Pathologists conducting forensic post-mortems as well as trained in medio-legal post-mortems for both adults, children and babies.

Barbara trained in Glasgow where she received her degree in Forensic Investigation and a postgraduate diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences, as well as fully qualifying in Anatomical Pathology. She relocated to St Georges Hospital in London, as a Senior Anatomical Pathology Technologist where she was also Lead Technician for Perinatal and Paediatrics. From there, Barbara became the Mortuary Service Manager for University College Hospital, London. She is also a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and qualified as a grief and bereavement counsellor.

Barbara has contributed in the past to media publications; a consultant for TV and film productions, crime writers, as well joining the team as an advisor for Forensic Outreach and Finders International as an expert. Barbara now lectures and delivers all aspects of mortuary, pathology and bereavement training to students, police, health practitioners throughout the country and has delivered at international conferences. She has won numerous awards from the NHS and in 2015, Barbara gained a national award for Mortuary Technician of the Year from the Good Funeral Guide UK and has won the same accolade in 2018.