The IMLPO Committee

Run for members by members, every individual on the committee is voted in every year at our Annual General Meeting. The committee aims to reflect the wide range of organisations our members belong to, ensuring workshops, members meetings and the annual conference are relevant and well received.

A number of the Committee changed at the AGM in February 2020, details of the newly elected committee are detailed below.

Phil Coole |  Chair

Phil has worked in Financial Crime roles for over 10 years within financial services.  After working at Ernst and Young Phil's first financial crime role was at the, then, FSA as part of the Financial Crime Operations Team (the specialist supervision unit). This exposed Phil to a diverse array of firms and financial crime issues (including AML, ABC, sanctions and fraud) but more specifically in the banking sector.  He left the rebranded FCA as a senior associate and moved to Lloyds to oversee their private banking financial crime team.   Like the FCA, Phil's remit encompassed all finance crime types but working on the other side of the fence with senior business stakeholders to oversee and implement effective systems and controls.   Phil is currently the Deputy MLRO at Investec Bank PLC and has been in this role since May 2015.  Outside of work, Phil is a family man with 2 boys and has interests in sport, cooking/eating out and travelling. 

Amasis Saba

Compliance Manager / Deputy MLRO

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 

At BLP Amasis has been instrumental in enhancing many of the firm's compliance policies and procedures drawing on previous knowledge and experience as a compliance professional with a range of financial services organisations including Blue Chip firms and higher risk internet operators. Amasis is currently working on the implementation of a full re-design of the BLP client and matter on boarding solution using Intapp's 'Open' solution. In 2012 he was appointed to the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society of England and Wales. As part of the Task Force he has been privileged to have been able to work with the Law Society and Government on a range of compliance and AML matters including the SAR reporting, National Risk Assessment and UBO registers.

At BLP Amasis is the Deputy MLRO and a senior member of its Risk and Compliance Management Team with responsibility for the management of the Compliance Team. The Team is responsible for conflict checking, client risk assessments, due diligence and file opening for all of BLP's international offices. Amasis has also been a member of BLP's Diversity Committee, a volunteer reader at Manor Park Primary School and an active member of its softball team.

Daren Allen |  Committee Member


Daren is a Partner in Dentons London Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Daren has a great deal of experience in acting for financial institutions and large corporations in relation to complex investigations, litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. He regularly advises on matters relating to money laundering, bribery and corruption and fraud. He has advised the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group on the Anti-Money Laundering Guidance Notes for the financial sector and assisted the Ministry of Justice in drafting the Guidance on the Bribery Act 2010. 

Tracey Stevenson |  Committee Member

Crown London Aspinalls

As the General Manager – Compliance & Integrity at Crown London Aspinalls, Tracey brings over 15 years gaming industry experience to her role, with the last 10 years specialising in casino compliance in both Australia and the UK.  

Alongside this, Tracey is also the Chair of the UK DICE (Diversity and Inclusion for Career Enhancement) Board for land based casinos, Deputy Chair for the Compliance & Regulatory Forum for UK land based casinos and also sits on Crown London’s CSR Crown Community Committee.

Tracey is currently completing a Post Graduate in Governance, Risk & Compliance and is passionate about taking an active part in the community, supporting and volunteering at various charities including the Australian and British Red Cross, Oxfam, Shelter, Ace of Clubs and Combat Stress.

Dean Evans |  Committee Member


Dean joined BDO following nine years with the FCA, where he held a number of roles predominantly within the Intelligence Department, including Deputy MLRO and several years as a senior associate in the Whistleblowing Team. 

During his final year at the regulator Dean worked in the Financial Crime Department as part of the accountancy sector supervisory team of the, then newly established, Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS). This role involved supervisory visits to each accountancy body named as a AML supervisor by the Money Laundering Regulations, leading on intelligence sharing, whistleblowing and reporting suspicious activity work-streams. 

BDO’s Economic Crime Team advises the wider firm on all financial crime matters to maintain compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations, POCA, Bribery Act and failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion legislation. Dean also works with engagement teams to perform enhanced due diligence on higher risk client situations and represent BDO on various sector forums and AML engagement groups.

Leanard Phillip |  Committee Member

Al Rayan Bank

Leanard’s career began as a police officer/detective in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) where he spent ten years.  After this, he served five years as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UNICTY) in The Netherlands. This was followed by a two-year stint at the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil for Food Programme (IIC-OFFP) in New York.

Leanard is an Anti-Financial Crime SME having worked in the industry for the last 12 years. He held the MLRO/CF11 for one of his previous firms and worked as Deputy MLRO and Head of Sanctions for two others. Between 2011 and 2013, Leanard represented his firm on the BBA Money Laundering Advisory Panel, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Sanctions Working Group.

Leanard holds an MSc in Financial Regulations and Compliance Management from London Metropolitan University and an ICA Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering.  With a comprehensive understanding of what adequate and effective systems and controls are, he continues to work in the city as a contractor/consultant contributing to building and maintaining adequate and effective anti-financial crime systems and controls.