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Biography

I am a Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Policing at the University of Portsmouth’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ). Prior to this, I served as a PIP-2 accredited detective in the UK police service.

Throughout my 19 years’ policing career, I have enjoyed a variety of roles, including in front-line response, CID, and within the South-East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s fraud team. I trained as a family liaison officer (FLO), mobile phone examiner (triage) and in Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) investigative interviewing of children and vulnerable adults. As a Police Sector Coach and Assessor, I was also responsible for tutoring new police students and trainee detectives. During my policing career I promoted evidence-based practice as a member of the College of Policing’s Evidence Champions’ Network. I advised on the 2019’s HMICFRS focus-group inspections of police forces on fraud.

I gained my BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex and MSc degree in Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption (with distinction) from the University of Portsmouth. I am also an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech), Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). I am also an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society. I am in the process of working towards my PhD, based on my prior publications, which focuses on emerging trends and challenges for police and government authorities in combatting financial crime.

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Teaching Responsibilities

I teach and assess the following modules:

  • Understanding Criminology.
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • Policing: Communities, Intelligence and Information.
  • Organised Crime.
  • Money Laundering.
  • Intelligence Analysis.
  • Managing Intelligence.
  • Management of Criminal Investigations.
  • Forensic Imaging.

Research Interests

I am intrigued with money laundering: understanding its criminal characteristics, the methods money launderers use, and how governments and regulatory bodies attempt to control it. My research has advanced insight into illicit offshore finance, global anti-money laundering control and the issues facing governments in tackling money laundering – important considering 2016’s ‘Panama Papers’ scandal. I am furthering research into offshore money laundering to better identify the UK’s response to this emerging problem.

  • Policing.
  • Financial crime.
  • Anti-money laundering control.
  • Illicit offshore finance and money laundering through offshore jurisdictions.
  • Beneficial ownership transparency.
  • Fraud investigation.
  • Organised crime.
  • Wildlife crime.
  • Forensic photography and science-imaging techniques and their applications in criminal investigations.

I welcome proposals for research supervision in the above subject areas.

Media Availability

I have made media appearances on radio and for national television, and am available to speak on areas of policing, fraud investigation, money laundering, and forensic imaging.

Education/Academic qualification

Other, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

Master of Science

Award Date: 23 Oct 2019

BSc (Hons), University of Sussex

Award Date: 7 Jul 2003

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