Meet the Experts

Charlie Lodge – Instructor

Charlie Lodge - Instructor

Charlie has had extensive experience in the remediation of Meth Laboratories. He has personally decontaminated over twenty laboratories. Charlie has received extensive training in both New Zealand and the USA.

Charlie has worked in a close liaison with a leading New Zealand Forensic Scientist, who specialises in Methamphetamine residual testing.

Charlie has formal qualifications in Carpet cleaning, Odour control, Carpet repair and installation, Floor care technician, Upholstery and fabric cleaning, Occupational Health and Safety, Mould remediation, Rug cleaning, Leather Care, Fire and Smoke, Water damage restoration and Colour repair. He has also completed specialized training in adult education and achieved a qualification in Workplace Training and Assessment in both New Zealand and Australia.

Charlie is an IICRC instructor in CCT, UFT, HST, FST, FCT.

Charlie also teaches Certificate II and III in Carpet Cleaning Operations.

Charlie is originally from an engineering background, and has over twenty years of practical experience in the industry. He is an IICRC Master Cleaner, IICRC Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, IICRC Regional Supervisor for New Zealand. He is Chairman of the IICRC Sub-Council in New Zealand. Charlie is a founder member of the Carpet Cleaners Association of New Zealand. Dr Nick Powell, who has been involved in testing and scoping the works for meth lab remediation of over 400 meth labs is working with Charlie to deliver the course.

Dr Nicholas Powell – Instructor

Dr Nicholas Powell - Instructor

Dr Nicholas Powell is the director of Forensic and Industrial Science Ltd, a company based in Auckland, New Zealand, which specialises in the inspection and testing of suspected meth labs.

Nick holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science. He is a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is a Foundation Member and current Secretary of the Independent Forensic Practitioners Institute.

Forensic and Industrial Science has been involved in testing hundreds of suspected meth labs since 2004.

He regularly gives evidence in court as an independent expert witness and lectures on topics including methamphetamine yield, meth lab sophistication and capabilities and meth lab contamination.

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