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.

Connecting the Dots:
How AI & Data Analytics Help Combat Financial Crime Compliance’s Toughest Challenges

We had a fantastic evening on the 11th of July at the ACAMS UK Chapter event at London’s iconic City Hall. A panel of leading industry experts discussed how AI and data analytics can help solve some of the toughest and most common financial crime compliance challenges in practice.

Our distinguished panel members were:


  • Samar Pratt – Managing Director, Exiger and ACAMS UK Board Member


  • Jurriaan van der Stijl – Program Director, Group Compliance Digital & Data Analytics, BNP Paribas SA
  • Brandon Daniels – President, Global Technology Markets, Exiger
  • Chris Brannigan – CEO & Founder, Caspian
  • David Ng-Fat – Vice President, Anti-Financial Crime Data Mining and Analytics, Deutsche Bank
  • Paul Horlick, Director – Head of Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays

Thanks to Exiger and our Chapter Board for organising such a great event.

We looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in October 2019.

FATF Mutual Evaluation Report – UK 2018
What is it actually telling us?

On Tuesday 12 March 2019, the ACAMS UK Chapter held another successful Chapter event on "FATF Mutual Evaluation Report – UK 2018, What is it actually telling us", which was hosted and sponsored by EY in their London office’s. Our eminent panel members were:

Katarina Cook, CAMS – Head of Compliance and MLRO, Europe Arab Bank and ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair – chairs our panel of eminent speakers:

  • Giles Thomson: Deputy Director, Sanctions and Illicit Finance, HM Treasury and UK’s Head of Delegation to FATF
  • Helena Wood: Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and former National Crime Agency Policy Officer
  • Jackie Harvey: Professor of Financial Management and Director of Business Research (AFC/AML), Newcastle Business School
  • Mark Turkington: Global Head of Transaction Monitoring Controls, HSBC

The panel was chaired by Katarina Cook (Head of Compliance and MLRO, Europe Arab Bank and ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair).

After the panel discussion, Nicholas Joseph (Chair of ACAMS UK Chapter and Global Head of Client Intelligence Unit at Deutsche Bank) announced the winner of the ACAMS training voucher raffle.

We looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in June/July 2019

Counter Terrorist Financing
Finding a Needle in a Haystack

On Tuesday 13 November 2018, the ACAMS UK Chapter had another successful Chapter event on Counter Terrorist Financing "Finding a Needle in a Haystack", which was hosted and sponsored by Protiviti in their Shard office’s in London. Our eminent panel members were Andy McDonald (Consultant), Dr Samir Puri (Lecturer in War Studies, King’s College London), Matthew Redhead (Associate Consultant, FINTRAIL) and Matt Taylor (Managing Director, Protiviti). The panel was chaired by David Rowe-Francis (UK Chapter Board Director and UK Head of AML, HSBC/UK). After the panel discussion, Nicholas Joseph (Chair of ACAMS UK Chapter and Head of Client Intelligence Unit at Deutsche Bank) announced the winner of the ACAMS training voucher raffle. We’re looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in February/March 2019.

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:

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.

Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas Joseph
ACAMS UK Chapter Chair

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.

Katarina Cook

Katarina Cook
ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair

Katarina is Head of Compliance and MLRO for Europe Arab Bank in London. Originally from Sweden, with a degree in Political Science and Russian, Katarina moved to London in 2005. She has worked in various roles covering financial crime prevention and compliance for ABN Amro, RBS and Bank ABC. In 2017 Katarina returned to London from Amsterdam, where she worked for 3 years 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.

Katarina was a board member for ACAMS Netherlands Chapter in 2017, and was 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.

Joanna Jenkins

Joanna Jenkins
ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair

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.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris
ACAMS UK Chapter Board Director

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
ACAMS UK Chapter Board Director

Samar Pratt is a Managing Director within the firm’s financial crime compliance advisory practice, based in London, focusing on financial crime audit and assurance. She works with financial services clients worldwide to provide advice and tech-enabled solutions to enhance financial crime GRC frameworks. In recent years, Samar has served as a Deputy Monitor for the U.S. Department Of Justice, as Independent Consultant for the New York Federal Reserve and as Skilled Person for the FCA. Her work has also brought her into contact with regulators in Europe and Asia Pacific, providing her with insight into current regulatory expectations.

Prior to joining Exiger in 2014, Samar worked for a large UK universal bank in London, where she served as Group Head of Compliance Assurance and held several senior roles in Internal Audit. Samar has also worked at Deloitte in Sydney and London, and started her career at Ernst & Young in London.

David Rowe-Francis

David Rowe-Francis
ACAMS UK Chapter 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.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor
ACAMS UK Chapter Board Director

Matt is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Risk and Compliance team in London. He joined Protiviti in 2005 prior to which he worked for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Matt specialises in helping organisations design and implement sustainable risk management arrangements.