United Kingdom Chapter


Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS United Kingdom Chapter was formally established on 14 March 2011. The objective of the chapter is to support ACAMS in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention and detection of money laundering.

In addition, the chapter will:

  • Provide a United Kingdom perspective and input into regional and international standards for the detection and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Provide networking platforms through which AML/CTF professionals collaborate with their peers throughout the United Kingdom
  • Deliver United Kingdom focused member events

Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Anti-Financial Crime Careers Webinar
How to develop a career in the AFC sector

Register here to access a recording of the webinar.

The ACAMS UK Chapter brings together a senior financial crime professional and two recruitment specialists to:

  • Discuss the ups and downs of the AFC job market
  • Provide tips on CVs and interviews
  • Answer any questions

Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Time: 1-2pm


  • Nigel Coles, Managing Director at Mowley Risk & Compliance Ltd
  • David Paine, Business Director Financial Crime Compliance at Hays
  • David Symes, Managing Director at Compliance Recruitment Solutions

RegTech: A Reality Check
How RegTech Can Help The Fight Against Financial Crime

Much has been written about RegTech as the solution for tackling financial crime and streamlining compliance. The ACAMS UK Chapter brings together a panel of leading industry experts to cut through the hype and help demystify RegTech.

Joanna Jenkins – Compliance Product Manager, RailsBank – chairs our panel of eminent speakers:

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Nick Cook, Head of RegTech and Advanced Analytics, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Nick leads the FCA’s RegTech activities, including its TechSprint events – the first events of their kind convened by a financial regulator.

He is responsible for implementing the FCA’s Data Strategy, and reforming the way the FCA collects, governs and uses data to inform its decision-making. Furthermore, Nick is accountable for a range of data and analytics technology and change projects, and leads the FCA’s procurement of market data.

Nick is the FCA’s representative on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee and is an advisor to the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator Programme.
He joined the Financial Services Authority (the FCA’s predecessor) in 2009, initially in its Enforcement and Market Oversight Division. Prior to joining the regulator, Nick qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG Forensic.

A strategic overview of cybersecurity risk facing financial institutions

The ACAMS’s UK Chapter Cyber Security event was a great success.

Brian Lord, MD PGI and former GCHQ Deputy Director of Intelligence (classified) and Cyber Operations, presented on the range of cyber threats currently facing organisations, and the risk of increased attacks on personal data as penalties for data privacy breaches rise to 4% of revenue under GDPR. We all learnt a lot including what script kiddies are, why today’s super cyber criminals don’t get out of bed for less than a billion pounds, and why terrorist organisations have focussed more on the money they can raise through cyber than attacking national infrastructure targets. A fascinating presentation, by a compelling speaker, and a great evening networking with fellow Anti-Financial Crime professionals over drinks and canapes, in ACAMS European HQ in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf.

KYC and UBO – Challenges, Issues & Solutions

The ACAMS UK chapter are pleased to report the success of their second event for 2016. A joint presentation from Samantha Sheen of ACAMS and Erik Wilgenhof-Plante of Tramonex was well received, the subject matter ranging from KYC & UBO through to a detailed analysis of the latest amendments to the 4th AML Directive which had only been announced a week earlier. Most attendees then stayed for a very successful networking reception with drinks and finger food kindly sponsored again by Lexis Nexis.

Sanctions – Recent Changes and Best Practice
ACAMS UK Chapter Meeting

The ACAMS UK chapter were delighted with the success of their first event for 2016. The joint presentation from Hannah Laming of Peters & Peters Solicitors and Rob Cohen of GE Capital on Sanctions, including their geopolitical causes & ramifications, was very well received and we had our second highest attendance ever (since last June’s event –see below). The evening was then followed by a discussion and a networking reception with drinks and finger food kindly sponsored again by Lexis Nexis.

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ACAMS Chapter Winter Social

Terrorist Financing – Detection & Prevention

The Senior Managers & Certification Regime: Understanding The Impact on MLRO’s

ACAMS UK Chapter were delighted that we had our largest attendance ever for this key topic introduced by Andy Love, who until stepping down as an MP the previous month, had not only been a leading member of the Treasury Select Committee for 10 years but also sat on the Parliamentary Commission into Banking Standards, whose findings led to the introduction of the SMR. This was ably followed by Polly James of BLP Solicitors clarifying the details required and personal implications of the new regime, after which our speakers mingled with the attendees, most of whom stayed for drinks & networking, kindly facilitated by our sponsors Lexis Nexis.

ACAMS UK Chapter Meeting

Focus on Anti-Bribery & Corruption: Current Trends and Best Practice

ACAMS UK Chapter Quarterly Event

ACAMS Euro Conference, London

Quarterly First Wednesday – ACAMS UK Chapter Event

Quarterly First Wednesday – ACAMS UK Chapter Event

Christmas Socials

U.K. Chapter Launch Event

Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas is currently the Global Head of Client Intelligence Unit for Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he was the Global Markets Compliance leader for a business division of GE Capital Energy Financial Services. He was also the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital Ltd and the CF1, CF10 and CF11 for this FCA regulated entity. Prior to this Nicholas provided risk management and external affairs advice to Board members of a FTSE 100 oil and gas service company. Before joining the FTSE 100 oil and gas service company, Nicholas was a senior British diplomat for over 13 years for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he focused on geopolitical, intelligence and global financial crime issues including sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering investigations. Nicholas also represented the UK Government on the UN Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland, where he participated in nuclear disarmament and export controls negotiations.

Mark Dunn

Angela Salter
Acting Co-Chair
Head of Europe and CIS

Angela Salter joined ACAMS in 2015 to lead the organisation’s development across Europe and the CIS region. A senior commercial executive with a strong track record in international market development, Salter has spearheaded the growth of several global businesses serving the international financial services community in leadership roles with organisations including Thomson Reuters, Hoppenstedt Bonnier, Moody’s and Financial Times.

Highly rated for market insight, innovation and commercial nous founded in integrity Salter is widely respected as a builder of sustainable, mutually beneficial business relationships for customers and partners.

Joanna Jenkins

Joanna Jenkins
Board Director

Joanna Jenkins is the Compliance Product Manager with Railsbank. Railsbank is a banking and compliance platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies who want API access to global banking.

Before this Jenkins was the European compliance director and money laundering reporting officer at AFEX, a global payments and currency risk management firm. She was responsible for the European branches and subsidiaries and overseeing the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) programmes for the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Jersey.

Jenkins started her career at Bank of America and gained most of her AML experience at Deutsche Bank where she was the U.K. client onboarding manager for Corporate Finance, Transaction Banking and Capital Markets. She studied at Harberdashers and has a joint bachelor’s degree in Italian and business studies from University College London—her third year was spent at the University of Bologna where she studied international law.

In 2015, Jenkins joined the ACAMS board for the UK Chapter and she recently joined the technology working party of the Association of Foreign Exchange and Payment Companies, which looks at a range of solutions fraud, cybercrime, sanctions screening and client due diligence, to name but a few. She is also on the advisory board for RailsBank, a new FinTech global banking and compliance platform.

David Symes

David Symes
Board Member
Compliance Recruitment Solutions Ltd & Symes Collins

David is MD of Compliance Recruitment Solutions, a global specialist firm with offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London & New York. He was recently President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ London Region and still chairs their Compliance Discussion Group, speaks at conferences & writes technical articles for the Compliance & Financial Crime sector and has appeared on radio discussing such.

Until recently he worked as a Management Consultant advising regulated firms on AML/KYC & Compliance issues and has also advised MPs on the Treasury Select Committee about such.

Previously David was Deputy Head of Compliance for a FTSE 100 Insurance & Investment Group frequently working alongside the Fraud Investigations team, whilst also gained fraud experience during his work in both external & internal audit.

Email: David@compliancerecruitment.com

David Rowe-Francis

David Rowe-Francis
Board Director

With over 15 years’ experience David Rowe-Francis, was recently appointed Head of AML, CFT Proliferation and TM for HSBC (UK). His connection with financial crime burgeoned as a criminal defence white collar crime solicitor specialising in fraud and complex crime. An earlier member of the ICAEW’s Fraud Advisory Panel, David wrote articles for The Panel, as well as specialist publications, including Informa and latterly ACFE’s UK Chapter on Money Laundering.

Shortly after the enactment of the 2003 Money Laundering Regulations David joined the Law Society of England & Wales, as the Senior Money Laundering Advisor (fondly not the MLRO), providing guidance to fellow practitioners on their conformance with and the impact of the expanded legislation. During that time David was a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. However, as the legal profession’s knowledge of PoCA & the Regulations matured and a renewed passion for other things financial crime David joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage its investment banking arm Fraud, Conduct and Whistleblowing Risks. Throughout his career at RBS and beyond David remains eager to participate in rational debate that helps advance an understanding of the risks, benefits, consequences, opportunities and harm associated with financial crime.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris
Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Michael Harris is currently Director of Financial Crime Compliance at Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions in the UK. He is a specialist in ‘know your customer/anti-money laundering’ (KYC/AML ) and ‘anti-bribery and corruption’ (ABC) compliance and previously held senior roles in those fields at Thomson Reuters and World-Check.

Michael’s work is mainly external facing and he supports clients and the LexisNexis Risk Solutions sales team alike providing expert input and drawing on his knowledge and experience to assist in the use of the company’s products and services.

With a career spanning three decades in international business, he brings a unique insight into the changing geo-political risk landscape, the evolution of financial crime and the history of AML regulation and ABC laws from their earliest days.

Michael is a regular speaker on financial crime topics at events and conferences and has had the honour of speaking all over Europe on a range of financial crime topics.

Samar Pratt

Samar Pratt
Managing Director

Samar Pratt is a Managing Director and based in Exiger’s London office, where she focuses on the firm’s financial crime compliance audit & assurance practice. Samar has over two decades of experience in financial services, compliance and internal audit, and brings extensive financial crime compliance risk & controls expertise to the Exiger team.

She has worked with several major financial institutions to enhance control frameworks and financial crime audit programmes to keep pace with evolving risks and regulatory requirements. She has served as a deputy monitor working for the US Department Of Justice and as Skilled Person working for the FCA. Her work has brought her into regular contact with regulators in the UK, US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Samar joined Exiger from Barclays in London, where she served as Group Head of Compliance Assurance. In this role, she built the Compliance Assurance function to strengthen the Bank’s second line of defense oversight capability over conduct risk and financial crime risk.

Samar has also held various senior roles within Barclays Internal Audit, serving as the Global Co-Head of Quality Assurance where she was responsible for methodology development, annual planning and assuring the audits covering risk disciplines, including financial crime compliance audits. She served as the Regional Head of Audit UK, Europe and Middle East for Barclays Capital and IT Audit Director which brought her into contact with regulators in the region. In each of these roles she managed audit teams to deliver audit plans that provided reliable assurance over current and evolving risks within key areas of the bank’s operations.

Prior to joining Barclays, Samar worked as an IT Audit Manager at Deloitte in Sydney and London, and started her career at Ernst & Young in London.

Katarina Cook

Katarina Cook
Board Director

Katarina recently returned to London from Amsterdam, where she worked as Head of Conduct & Regulatory Affairs for the RBS Netherlands and Nordics Branches, driving the compliance, regulatory and a financial crime agenda for the region. Back in London, Katarina is currently the Dep MLRO at Bank ABC in London, managing a busy AML Advisory and investigations function.

Originally from Sweden, with a degree in Political Science and Russian, Katarina moved to London in 2005 and has worked in the financial industry since. Having worked with all aspects of conduct, compliance and regulatory relations, Katarina decided to specialise in financial crime prevention. Always looking for ways to develop and learn, she has completed a number of certificates in regulatory compliance, AML and investment administration. Katarina was a board member for ACAMs Netherlands Chapter in 2017, and is delighted to join the UK Chapter to stay closely engaged with the compliance and financial crime prevention community in London. The continuously developing regulatory framework and how it fits into day to day operations and culture of financial institutions will most certainly keep Katarina busy for years to come.