The mission of the Antigua & Barbuda Chapter is to uphold the stability, transparency and efficiency of financial and non-financial institutions by enhancing local AML/CFT knowledge and expertise, as well as providing a professional forum for effective exchange of dialogue in pursuit of strengthening our jurisdiction and the Caribbean region in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Upcoming Antigua & Barbuda Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

ACAMS Antigua & Barbuda Chapter Launch Event

Desiree Burton

Desiree Burton, CAMS
Programming Director
Financial Services Regulatory Commissions

Ms. Desirée Burton is a Senior Financial Examiner at Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC). Prior to her joining FSRC, Ms. Burton worked within the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for over sixteen (16) years where she was assigned to the Ministry of Finance as Principal Assistant Secretary.

As a senior financial examiner at the FSRC, Ms Burton’s main responsibilities are analysing and monitoring licensees and applicants during offsite and onsite examinations in the International Banking Corporations and Other Non-banking Financial Institutions Department, and assessing each risk-based programme in relation to compliance with the statutory requirements.

Ms. Burton acquired a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Political Science (pre-law option) with a minor in Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She is enrolled in a Masters of Science degree at University of London in Finance and Financial Law programme. Ms. Burton is a member of both professional bodies: Association of Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Email: burton.desiree@gmail.com


Shaná Donovan

Shaná Donovan, CAMS
Co-Programming Director
Financial Services Regulatory Commission

Ms. Donovan is currently the research and policy officer for the Division of Gaming at the Financial Services Regulatory Commission. Born and raised in the UK, Ms. Donovan holds a BA Honors degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree (LLM) in International Law from the school of law at the University of Westminster, London.

In her current role of five years, Ms. Donovan’s duties include ensuring that gaming operators are in compliance with jurisdictional AML/CFT laws and regulations, reviewing and monitoring national legislation to ensure consistency with international standards of best practice, as well as keeping the department and licensees abreast of latest international developments in the AML/CFT field.

In 2008, Ms. Donovan, co-authored an article entitled ‘Leading the Way in Anti-Money Laundering for Remote Gaming‘, which was published in the September edition of ACAMs Today quarterly magazine, and has on a number of occasions actively participated in the ACAMS Editorial Task Force meetings.

Ms. Donovan was once a member of the jurisdiction’s Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) committee, and has been a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since October 2008.

Email: shana.donovan@antiguagaming.gov.ag


Cathy Anne James

Cathy-Ann James
Co-communications Director
Universal Services Ltd

Mrs. Cathy-Ann James is the Acting Chief Financial Officer of Universal Services Ltd. Prior to this position, she was the Manager for Risk, Fraud and Compliance with over eight years experience in this field. With her current position she maintains responsibility for Anti-Money Laundering (AML), anti-fraud, risk management and compliance.

Cathy-Ann has been directly involved in the drafting of AML and anti-fraud policies and procedures in her organization as well as the training of staff in these areas. Her goal is to equip relevant staff with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively combat fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.

Over the years Cathy-Ann has been actively involved in and served on the executive of social groups and committees. Her involvement has led her to take on different leadership roles and her experience has offered her the opportunity to work closely with various executives and professionals. She has been exposed to numerous seminars and workshops covering AML/CTF, risk management, anti-fraud and compliance and continues to keep herself up-to-date with developments in these areas.

Cathy-Ann is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a student member of the Association of Certified Charted Accounts (ACCA). She is currently pursuing her MBA in Accounting and Finance at the University of Liverpool and ACCA studies.

Email: ctongejames@gmail.com


Joycelyn Martin

Joycelyn Martin, BSc, CAMS
Treasurer
Financial Services Regulatory Commissions

Joycelyn Martin is a Junior Examiner seconded to the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) and is responsible for the examination and monitoring of registered Co-operatives Societies in Antigua and Barbuda.

Prior to the secondment at FSRC, Joycelyn worked as the Training and Education Officer in the Department of Co-operatives and was responsible for ensuring that all elected Co-operatives Officials were trained according to their roles and responsibilities.

Joycelyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She is presently pursuing a Certification as a Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Email: joycelynm3@gmail.com