It is with mixed feelings that we bid farewell to our incredible outgoing Chair, Phil Coole, and also say a big hello to his replacement, Tracey Iles.

Phil has been an absolute rock during his tenure, leading the organisation through some challenging times, especially the disruptive impact of the Covid crisis. With eight years on the Committee, including four as Chair, Phil's commitment and leadership have been invaluable.

In Phil’s own words:

“It’s been a fantastic 8 years being part of the IMLPO/Institute committee and I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to be the Chair despite some of the difficulties we have faced both economically and logistically. I do hope that members have continued to enjoy our events and have seen at least some of the fruits of the plans to take us further forward. It felt like the right time for me to step down and ensure the Institute continues to get the attention and vigour it deserves from a Chair, and Tracey – I have no doubt – will deliver on that. I will still look to remain engaged with the community and it has been a pleasure to get to know you all. A big thank you to everyone who has been a supporting member, sponsor, speaker or host during my time and to the Committee members, to Jacqueline Cottier, Carol Roberts and of course Jacob Bettany. Please do stay in touch!”

And with that I'm thrilled to introduce our new Chair, Tracey Iles!

Tracey has worked in financial services for 40 years within HSBC, NatWest, Bank of Ireland , Allica Bank , Optimus Card and DNA payments and latterly as a Non Executive Director for London Community Bank and IC Money UK.

Tracey is an experienced business financial crime and compliance SME with success in building and developing financial crime frameworks, remediation exercises and a track record in successfully leading the growth of smaller companies and acquiring regulatory permissions and changes.

With Tracey’s hand on the tiller, members can look forward to a steady stream of improvements to the benefits and services available as she looks to build out an active membership and encourage education, networking , and mentoring combined with an arena where financial crime professionals can collaborate in a safe and nurturing environment.

Tracey will share her vision for The Institute at our upcoming Members meeting on the 15th June which is being generously hosted by Guidehouse.

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