UK & Ireland Chapter

UK & Ireland Chapter

OUR MISSION

To create an innovative hub for internal (ACFCS UK&IRE Chapter members and other Chapters) and external (government, regulators and enforcement bodies) stakeholders to share local knowledge, network and learn.

OUR VISION

To create a safe, open and inclusive environment that fosters innovation and helps its members to better prevent Financial Economic Crime.

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Fred McDowell

Co-Chair

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Fred McDowell (Co-Chair) has over 30 years’ experience working in the banking sector, most recently holding senior AML roles within the AIB Group and Citi Bank, focusing on KYC / Due Diligence reviews for clients exhibiting higher risk features. Across his career he has undertaken roles within Corporate and Retail Banking, Marketing Manager, Branch Management and was a MLRO for 8 years in a Regulatory Compliance function. This broad spectrum of roles gives Fred an invaluable depth of practical / operational experience. Fred holds an ICA Diploma in Anti Money Laundering, a Financial Services Operations Diploma, Irish Management Institute in Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

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Jayne Newton

Co-Chair

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Jayne Newton (Co-Chair) is a member of the Regulatory Advisory Board at Efficient Frontiers International. An experienced Chartered Tax Adviser and ICA qualified in AML, she has a wealth of experience working in both professional and financial services sectors. She recognises that harnessing technology, regulatory knowledge, and operational capability is a winning combination when implementing regulatory compliance regimes involving the collection, processing and reporting of data.

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Owen Marumba

Programming Director

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Owen Marumba (Programming Director) has been involved in AML since 2015, working in retail, commercial and corporate for large banking groups. Has worked as a Financial Intelligence Officer for the Police dealing with disseminating intelligence submitted through SARs from regulated entities to local enforcement teams to advance, initiate or assist in an investigation. Owen has attained a Master degree in Financial Investigations, is a Certified Transaction Monitoring Associate (CTMA) with ACAMS. He currently works as a Customer Experience Specialist for a currency exchange company.

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Greg Poulter

Events Coordinator

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Greg Poulter (Events Coordinator) took the opportunity presented by the Coronavirus pandemic to transition from a career in civil engineering and represents a new wave of compliance specialists. Currently the Head of Business Operations at Claydon Partners, a UK licensed FOREX brokerage, and Head of Compliance for a fintech start-up.

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Natalia Gburzynska

Communications Director

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Natalia Gburzynska (Communications Director) is a Compliance Learning Business Partner at Meta Financial Technologies (MFT). In her role she is responsible for managing the learning experience and developing regional strategy for compliance onboarding of new hires and the up-skilling of the existing team members. Natalia oversees the learning environment of various compliance functions and creates, develops and maintains training related to AML, CTF, KYC, Financial Crime, Politically Exposed Persons, Sanctions, Transaction Monitoring and Suspicious Activity Reporting areas. Prior to taking on that role Natalia served various leadership and investigative roles in AML at Amazon and Paysafe where she gained expertise in the first and second line of defense. Natalia is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holder of the International Compliance Association (ICA) Advanced Certificate. She also holds Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Training Development and Evaluation certifications. On top of that, she is also a mentor for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and a Subject Matter Committee Member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS). Natalia is passionate about developing a strong compliance culture across all business operations and is focused on improving the levels of control through responsiveness and resilience.

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Laura Yungmeyer

Membership Director - UK

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Laura Yungmeyer (Membership Director – UK) is head of marketing at TRM Labs, a blockchain intelligence company that provides anti-fraud and financial crime solutions for digital assets. Prior to joining TRM, Laura led marketing globally for the Risk & Compliance division at Dow Jones, where she oversaw customer acquisition and expansion campaigns to support 21 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth. Prior to her six-year tenure at Dow Jones, Laura worked in marketing and communications for Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the private fundraising partner of Grand Teton National Park based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

A U.S. native, Laura has lived in London since 2017. She has a degree in political science from Washington & Lee University.

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Daniel Hazel

Membership Director - Ireland

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Daniel Hazel (Membership Director – Ireland) is Global Head of Client Lifecycle Management at WorkFusion. Daniel works with banks, financial services firms and insurance companies to address particular pain points across their value chain, and helps implement solutions that produce the business outcomes required. He has worked extensively for over a decade in providing advice on complex compliance and regulatory matters for banks, financial services firms and insurance companies. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Prince2 Practitioner, and a Certified Prince2 AGILE practitioner. He holds a BSc Finance and MSc FinEcon from University College Cork.

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Katherine Gormley

Co-Secretary

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Katherine Gormley (Co-Secretary) is Principal Solutions Engineer at Resistant AI, a fast-growing scale-up using state of the art machine-learning techniques to help prevent financial crime. Kathy has over 8 years’ experience in RegTech and consulting, working closely with financial institutions to deploy innovative AML, Fraud and KYC solutions. An Ireland native, Kathy has lived in London since 2013. Kathy has a degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin, holds a Diploma in International Money Laundering with the ICA and is an ACAMS certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Kathy is also a certified Agile Project Management Practitioner.

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Emma Rachel Hill

Co-Secretary

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Emma Rachel Hill (Co-Secretary) is an Analyst at Citi, having recently entered the private sector following 15 years working in law enforcement, most notably in International Liaison and Extradition. Emma has extensive experience in assisting investigators with requesting and obtaining intelligence and evidence internationally and across all crime types, in addition to supporting officers with extradition requests. She is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (ACFCS) and maintains an expansive network of contacts across the globe.

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Sally Lomas

Treasurer

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Sally Lomas (Treasurer) is currently Regulatory Expertise SME for EFI Limited which specialises in Financial Crime prevention. She holds the ICA advanced Diploma in Financial Crime, and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional qualifications. Her career spans in excess of 30 years and evolved from being a qualified accountant, to Compliance and now to Financial Crime Prevention Professional. She has worked in the wider compliance arena but has an in-depth knowledge of Anti-Money Laundering in particular. Sally has worked mainly in the Banking industry and Financial Services. She worked for HSBC for a significant period and at a number of other Financial Institutions.

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Aidan Larkin

Board Advisor

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Aidan Larkin (Board Advisor) is the CEO and Co-Founder of fintech start-up Asset Reality. Asset Reality investigates crypto fraud, manages and realises seized assets for public and private sector clients. A former criminal tax inspector for HM Revenue & Customs and experienced Seized Asset Manager, Aidan was the world’s first seized crypto auctioneer. He also acts as a consultant for the UNODC, government agencies and NGO’s to increase effectiveness in Asset Recovery building infrastructure around seized asset enforcement helping governments shape legislation, policies and practices.

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