The Institute 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.

Details of the committee are outlined 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.  Phil then spent over 5 years at Investec Bank as their Deputy MLRO, covering a diverse business both geographically and from a product perspective. Phil moved to become the MLRO (and SMF17) of OakNorth Bank in 2020, which focuses on lending to growth and midmarket companies in the UK. Phil lives in central London, has 2 boys and has interests in sport, cooking/eating out, wine, reading and travelling.

Hidee Fletcher |  Committee Member

Gambling Compliance and Anti Money Laundering Professional

Hidee started her gambling AML journey working for Rank Group’s Grosvenor casinos in London. She subsequently assumed the dual role of head of AML and deputy MLRO at a Chelsea-based boutique casino before segueing into information services at regulatory intelligence specialist VIXIO. Having since returned to the operator’s seat as a gambling compliance professional in central London, Hidee’s career in regulatory compliance endowed her with a broad perspective on the challenges and realities that AML presents across the gambling sector. Hidee joins the committee as a member bringing on the ground experience and insights into how the policing and prevention of money laundering affects both businesses and consumers.

Daren Allen |  Committee Member

Partner specialising in Complex investigations, corporate crime, litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings, Shoosmiths

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. 

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.

Darren Woodburn |  Committee Member

 Financial Crime & AML Risk Business Partner / DMLRO, Bank of Ireland

Darren has worked within Bank of Ireland Group and Bank of Ireland UK Plc for 17 years. 12 of these years has been within the Financial Crime arena across both 1st and 2nd line risk functions as well as Operations functions.  His current role is Financial Crime & AML Risk Business Partner & DMLRO for BOIUK plc.  Darren's expertise spans AML, Fraud & Anti-Bribery & Corruption risk management as well as end to end Fraud & AML Operational activities across inhouse and 3rd party suppliers.   Darren holds a bachelors degree in Front Line Management with the Irish Institute of Bankers and holds the Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance with the International Compliance Association.

Leanard Phillip |  Committee Member

European Head of Financial Crime/UKMLRO, Bank ABC International Plc

Leanard Phillip is currently the European Head of Financial Crime Compliance/UKMLRO at Bank ABC International Plc.  His career in the City of London spans over fifteen (15) years and he has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as an approved person (CF11) and/or Senior Management Function (SMF17) with responsibility for Money Laundering controls for a number of financial institutions.

He is a dynamic and proactive executive level financial crime subject matter expert who provides advice and guidance to the financial institutions has worked for on all aspects of implementation and maintenance of adequate and effective anti-financial crime systems and controls in the subject areas of anti-money laundering, counter terrorist financing, sanctions compliance, tax evasion, fraud prevention and anti-bribery and corruption.) 

Leanard advised and worked on a number of Section 166 remediation programs to optimise the effectiveness of anti-financial crime systems and controls at a number of institutions.

Leanard has an MSc in Financial Regulations and Compliance Management from London Metropolitan University.  His dissertation focused on regulation of Islamic Banking for which he was awarded a distinction. He also holds a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering from Sir John Cass Business School, City University, London and is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist with qualifications from University of Portsmouth. He also holds a Diploma in Forensic Accounting.

In his spare time Leanard is a trustee to a number of charities in the areas of culture, education and health. This enables him to give back to the community.

Jacob Bettany | Committee Member

Operations Manager, The Institute

Jacob has a BA in Philosophy from Durham University and before joining The Institute as Operations Manager in January 2022, his career has taken him from financial publishing in the quantitative finance, risk management and financial technology spaces to online systems consulting, business development, community management, website development, online marketing and events management.