2018 Economic Crime Congress


Registration of Interest for our 2019 Economic Crime Congress is now open. For more information and to register please visit our dedicated webpage


With over 450 delegates, the first UK Finance Economic Congress, held in London on 12 December 2018, was the largest event of its type ever staged, offering high-level debate, networking, and the chance to explore opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.


Opened by Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, this multi-stream, one-day event brought together over 75 experts, thought leaders and practitioners from all over the world to discuss ways to defeat economic crime. 

Theatre Sponsors

UK Finance is delighted to be working with LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and content partners PA Consulting and EY, to produce the Economic Crime Congress. Content is divided into the following four theatres:


Lynne Owens CBE
National Crime Agency - Director General
David Peyman
Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Tracey McDermott CBE
Group Head, Compliance, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing - Standard Chartered
Commander Karen Baxter
- City of London Police
Matthew Callahan
Senior Special Agent - US Secret Service
Chloé Cina
Director, Global Sanctions & Embargoes - Deutsche Bank
Bob Wigley
Chairman - UK Finance
Allan Clare
Head of Financial Crime Compliance - HSBC UK
Nigel Kirby
Deputy Director - National Crime Agency
Andrew Preston
Senior Adviser - Joint Anti-Corruption Unit
Ben Morgan
Partner - Freshfields
Rachel Davies-Teka
Head of Advocacy - Transparency International UK
Julie Beesley
Chief Financial Crime Officer - RBS
Ralph Nash
Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance - HSBC
Michael Ruck
Partner - TLT LLP
Richard Piggin
Head of External Affairs - Which?
Meghan Oliver
Associate Director - ComRes
Rob Gruppetta
Head of Financial Crime Compliance - FCA
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Martha O'Neill
Head of AML & Sanctions UK - AIB Group
Marco Mukherjee
MLRO - Santander UK
David Geer
Head of Sanctions Policy Division - European External Action Service
Matthew Cowie
Partner - Dechert LLP
Samantha White
Head of Customer and Fraud - Barclays
Michael Harris
Director of Financial Crime Compliance - LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
Gavin Neilson
Banking and Asset Management Lead Partner - PA Consulting
Shaun Day
VP Compliance Manager, Economic Sanctions EMEA - JPMorgan
Nathalie von Taaffe
Group Head Financial Crime Policy, Advisory & Controls - Industrial Commercial Bank of China Standard Bank (ICBCS)
Nicholas Ryder
Professor in Financial Crime - Bristol Law School
Richard Grint
Partner - PA Consulting
Dan Crisp
Director of Technology & Digital Policy - UK Finance
Dr Erica Moret
Senior Researcher - Centre for Global Governance
Ben Trim
Head of Financial Crime Policy - HSBC
Rachel Sexton
Partner - EY
Alasdair MacFarlane
Head of Fraud Prevention and Response - RBS
Neil Masters
Adrian Barnett
Director, Financial Services Advisory - EY
Giles Thomson
Deputy Director, Sanctions and Illicit Finance - HM Treasury
Noline Matemera
Partner - TLT LLP
Patrick Craig
UK Data and Analytics Leader - EY
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Tom Gregory
Sanctions Unit Team Leader - Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Rob Knox
Director - EY
Osman Khurshid
Predictive Analytics Product Manager - Synectics
Jarrett Blanc
International Affairs Fellow - Council on Foreign Relations
Amanda Parmenter
Head of Fraud & Financial Crime - Lloyds Banking Group
Daniel Wager
Vice President - LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
Dr. Justine Walker
Director of Sanctions Policy - UK Finance
Brian Dilley
Group Director of Fraud & Financial Crime Prevention - Lloyds Banking Group
Christopher Robinson
Partner - Freshfields
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James Harman
Detective Superintendent - Met Counter Terrorism Command
Jennifer Fowler
Director - Brunswick Group
Steve Smith
Partner - Eversheds Sutherland
Nick van Benschoten
Principal, Economic Crime - UK Finance
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Justin Millar
Head of Money Laundering Policy - Home Office
Ian Burgess
Principal, Digital & Technology Policy - UK Finance
Rebecca Park
MD, External Affairs - UK Finance
Stuart Skinner
Fraud Director - Nationwide Building Society
Martin Threakall
COO & Co Founder - Modulr
Lucy Malenczuk
Senior Policy Manager - Age UK
Lucy Corrin
Barrister - Law Commission of England & Wales
Walter McCahon
Data Policy Manager - UK Finance
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John Thompson
Director, Economic Crime Policy - UK Finance


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Nuix understands the DNA of data at enormous scale. Our software pinpoints the critical information organisations need to anticipate, detect and act on cybersecurity, risk and compliance threats. ...
PA Consulting
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Sphonic is a London-Based RegTech business, focussing on the delivery of emerging risk management and authentication technologies to a global client base via its innovative Workflow Management plat...
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With registration and networking exhibition from 08.15, the morning plenary sessions begin at 09:00. 

For full details, please select a category from the left hand drop-down:

09:00 - 09:20
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Bob Wigley, Chairman, UK Finance

Katy Worobec, Managing Director, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance

09:20 - 09:40
Terrorism Financing

Deep diving into the money behind terrorism

James Harman, Head of the National, Terrorism Finance Unit, Met Police

09:50 - 10:30
Keynote Panel: State of Economic Crime Prevention

Reflecting on the current themes and presenting a picture for the future.

Katy Worobec, Managing Director, Economic Crime, UK Finance
Brian Dilley, Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Lloyds Banking Group
Rob Gruppetta, Head of Financial Crime Department, FCA
Mike Harris, Director, Financial Crime Compliance & Reputational Risk , LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Ralph Nash, Global Head of Financial Crime, HSBC

10:30 - 11:00
Break: Coffee & Networking in the Exhibition space
11:00 - 11:10
Moderator Welcome
Gavin Neilson, Partner, PA Consulting
11:00 - 11:10
Moderator Welcome
Mike Harris, Financial Crime Compliance & Reputational Risk, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
11:00 - 11:10
Justine Walker, Director, Sanctions Policy, UK Finance (Moderator)
Patrick Craig, Partner, EY
11:10 - 11:30
Keynote Speaker: Economic Crime Reform, One Year On

One year on from the Economic Crime Reform, we reflect on what progress has been made on, what impact that has had, and where next.  We will also consider how to build further on the public-private partnerships in place and the challenges that UK plc faces on economic crime.

Lynne Owens, Director-General, NCA

11:10 - 11:40
Keynote Speaker: Financial Sanctions

Justine Walker, Director, Sanctions Policy, UK Finance (Moderator)
David Geer, Head of Division, Sanctions Policy, European External Action Service

11:10 - 11:30
Keynote Speaker: Fraud Threat Landscape
Karen Baxter, Commander, City of London Police
11:30 - 11:50
SARs Reform: The Financial Services View

We will hear from a senior industry sponsor for SARs reform, providing a view on the importance of reform, the progress made so far and the long-term vision in this space. We will cover how we got to where we are and offer an overview of how and what the SARs programme is going to deliver.

Tracey McDermott, Head of Financial Compliance, Standard Chartered

11:30 - 11:40
Take Five: Education and Awareness

We will look at the success of the Take Five campaign so far and how the industry is turning the tables on social engineering in favour of consumers.

Tony Murray, Police Constable, City of London Police 

11:40 - 12:20
Geopolitical Sanctions Developments, Counter Measures and Blocking Regulations

Justine Walker, Director, Sanctions Policy, UK Finance
Jarrett Blanc, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Shaun Day, Compliance Manager VP, JPMorgan
William Dodsworth, Head of Financial Crime Policy, Barclays
Nathalie von Taaffe, Head Sanctions & Anti-Corruption Compliance, ICBC

11:40 - 12:25
Economic Crime Reform: Tackling Volume Fraud

Richard Grint, Head of Financial Crime & Tax Evasion, PA Consulting (Chair)
Karen Baxter, Commander, City of London Police
Jai Krishnan, Home Office
Alasdair Macfarlane, Head of Corporate Security Services, RBS
Neil Masters, Consultant, National Trading Standards Scam Team

11:50 - 12:35
Where Next for Reform

We will hear from key representatives from within the Industry, Government, Law enforcement their views on what’s needed to transform the fight against economic crime, the threat picture and challenges around tackling the developing landscape.

Nigel Kirby, Deputy Director of National Economic Crime Centre, NCA (Chair)
Amanda Parmenter, Head of Fraud & Financial Crime, Lloyds Banking Group
Marco Mukherjee, ‎Financial Crime Director (UK MLRO), Santander UK
Justin Millar, Home Office

12:20 - 13:00
The Future of UK: Post-Brexit EU Sanctions Cooperation

Justine Walker, Director, Sanctions Policy, UK Finance (Chair)
Chloe Cina, Director, Deutsche Bank
Tom Gregory, Diplomat, FCO
Rob Knox, Director, EY
Dr Erica Moret, Coordinator, Geneva Graduate Institute, Sanctions Network

12:25 - 12:40
Customer Experience & Research

Meghan Oliver, Associate Director, ComRes

12:35 - 13:20
5AMLD: Financial Services Challenges and Opportunities

John Thompson, UK Finance’s Director, Economic Crime Policy and ex-Government lawyer will provide an overview of 5AMLD, what it means from an industry and regulatory perspective and what industry needs to start thinking about in terms of implementation and transposition.

John Thompson, Director, Economic Crime Policy , UK Finance (Chair)
Adrian Barnett, Director, EY
Allan Clare, Head of Financial Crime Compliance & MLRO, HSBC UK
Martha O'Neill, Head of AML & Sanctions UK, Allied Irish Bank

12:40 - 13:20
The Challenge of Customer Protection vs Convenience

Lucy Malenczuk, Senior Policy Manager Consumer and Community, Age UK (Chair)
Walter McCahon, Manager, Technology & Digital Policy, UK Finance
Richard Piggin, Head of External Affairs, Which? 
Stuart Skinner, Fraud Director, Nationwide Building Society
Samantha White, Head of Customer Advocacy, Barclays

13:00 - 13:20
US Sanctions Policy & Implementation
David Peyman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Bureau of Economic & Business Affairs
13:20 - 14:10
Break: Lunch and networking in the exhibition space
14:20 - 14:25
Welcome Remarks
Rachel Sexton, Partner, EY (Moderator)
Nick Van Benschoten, Principal, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance
14:20 - 14:40
Progress on the Law Commission Review

We will hear an overview from the Law Commission on the responses to consultation on the Proceeds of Crime Act, and what they have recommended to the Government in terms of legislative reforms. 

Lucy Corrin, Barrister, Law Commission

14:20 - 14:40
Operational Resilience: A United Front
Iain Laing, Chief Risk Officer, TSB
14:25 - 14:40
Key Successes: Building the Intelligence Picture of Tainted Funds in the UK

Nearly three years since the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce pilot proved the value of public-private partnership and became a fixture of the UK’s intelligence capabilities, the focus on tainted assets has a new urgency and we will assess how far we have come in building an intelligence-led approach to this threat.

Paul Horlick, Director, Head of Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays

14:40 - 15:00
FATF Review Outcomes

We will hear an update on the outcomes from the FATF Review, what that means and what steps the Government is taking to address identified weaknesses. 

Giles Thomson, Deputy Director, Sanctions and Illicit Finance, HM Treasury

14:40 - 15:25
Strengthening the Integrity of the UK as an International Financial Sector

Last year, the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy confirmed the importance of the anti-corruption agenda to the UK’s continued position as a leading international financial centre. We will examine to what degree the Government has identified the right priorities to meet this ambition, and what more is needed to make the UK the safest and cleanest place to do business.

Nick Van Benschoten, Principal, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance
Matthew Cowie, Partner, Dechert
Rachel Davies-Teka, Head of Advocacy, Transparency International
Paul Horlick, Director, Head of Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays
Ben Trim, Head of Financial Crime Policy, Group Public Affairs, HSBC

14:40 - 15:25
Digital, Innovation and its Impact on Operational Resilience

Rebecca Park, Managing Director, External Affairs, UK Finance  (Chair)

Dan Crisp, Director, Technology & Digital Policy, UK Finance
Iain Laing, Chief Risk Officer, TSB 

Osman Khurshid, Predictive Analytics Product Manager, Synectics
Bill McCluggage, Head of Information Security, Open Banking

15:00 - 15:30
Money Laundering: The UK Response

Jennifer Fowler, Director, Brunswick Group (Chair)
Christopher Robinson, Partner, Freshfields
Nick Ryder, Professor of Financial Crime UWE Bristol

John Thompson, Director, Economic Crime Policy , UK Finance

15:25 - 15:45
Navigating the Competing Demands of US & UK Enforcers

Ben Morgan, Partner, Freshfields

15:25 - 15:40
Digital Spotlight: Pay.UK
Geoff Close, Chief Risk Officer, Pay.UK
15:30 - 16:15
Responding to International Challenges

We will examine global trends on threat and organised crime, with key representatives from industry, government and law enforcement to identify what lessons can be learnt from other jurisdictions, as well as, looking at the year ahead, and the international challenges.

Julie Beesley, Financial Crime Executive, ‎RBS (Chair)
Jennifer Fowler, Director, Brunswick Group
Marc Fungard, Global Head, Intelligence and Analytics, Financial Crime, HSBC
Stephen Smith, Partner, Eversheds Sunderland
Dan Wager, Vice President Global Financial Crime & Compliance, LexisNexis Risk Solution

15:40 - 16:25
Fraud Prevention in a Connected World

Jim Winters, Managing Director, Fraud Risk Management, Barclays (Chair)
Ian Burgess, Principal, Technology Digital Policy Delivery, UK Finance
Matthew Callahan, Senior Special Agent, US Secret Service 
Richard Grint, Head of Financial Crime & Tax Evasion, PA Consulting
Noline Matemera, Partner, Financial Services Regulatory, TLT Associates
Martin Threakall, Chief Operating Officer, Modulr 

15:45 - 16:25
Future of International Cooperation Against Corruption

Corruption continues to rise on the global agenda, with bodies from the OECD, the IMF and the G20 all developing new approaches. We will consider, from a variety of international perspectives, what emerging standards and key trends offer, and how the financial sector can play a constructive role in this process of change.

Nick Van Benschoten, Principal, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance

Ben Morgan, Partner, Freshfields
Andrew Preston, Senior Adviser, Joint Anti-Corruption Unit
Rachel Sexton, Partner and Head of Financial Services Forensic & Integrity Services, EY