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.

Qualifications

  • Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society, 2001.
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Sussex, 2003.
  • Associate of The Royal Photographic Society, 2017.
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Technician, University of Portsmouth, 2018.
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist, University of Portsmouth, 2018.
  • MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption, University of Portsmouth, 2019.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2019.
  • Associate Fellow of Advance HE, 2021.

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.

ResearchGate profile

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.

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.

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.

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