We are proud to have a well-respected team of mentors dedicated to guiding the next generation of MLROs. Our mentors are seasoned professionals with extensive experience in financial crime prevention.

Each one of them brings a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise, having worked in various capacities across the industry. They are committed to providing personalised guidance, sharing insights, and offering support to help mentees navigate the complexities of AML regulations and compliance.

Our mentors are not only experts in their field but also passionate about fostering professional growth and development. They are here to help you enhance your skills, broaden your understanding, and achieve your career goals in the ever-evolving landscape of financial crime prevention.

David Moland

David has over 40 years experience in the financial services industry. He has recently retired. The first part of his career was spent in the front line dealing with retail clients. The second has been in Compliance and Financial Crime, including time at the regulator. He has managed teams, built teams and developed the compliance culture within his firm, whilst having accountability to the regulator as SMF16 and SMF17. 

David has learned the importance of self development but also how important it is to have someone to help you along the way. He has mentored a number of colleagues over the last ten years and has in particular helped them improve their self-confidence. He is keen to see individuals make the most of their abilities and ambition.

Tracey Iles

Tracey is a seasoned compliance and risk professional with nearly 30 years of experience in managing fraud and financial crime risks. Her career spans a diverse range of financial services, including retail, wealth, insurance, investments, commercial and investment banking, intermediaries, joint ventures, and independent financial advisers. Tracey has worked with top-tier institutions, challenger banks, fintech firms, electronic money institutions, payments, and crypto companies.

With extensive experience in leading teams across various jurisdictions, Tracey excels in engaging senior stakeholders, regulators, and supervisory boards of global organisations. She has a proven track record of negotiating effective solutions by fostering strong partnerships and collaborating with key stakeholders. She has held both the Head of Compliance (SMF16) and MLRO (SMF17) roles. Her professional journey is marked by a commitment to operational excellence and a proactive approach to sharing knowledge and best practices to drive change.

Nigel Taylor

Nigel is currently UK Head of Human Resources for Santander Corporate and Investment Banking. Until April 2024 he was Santander's Chief Compliance Officer and MLRO (SMF16 and SMF17) and managed the relationship with the FCA. 

His first career was 14 years as an Infantry Officer in the British Army and he has had a second career of 18 years (so far!) in Banking.  He worked in a variety of roles in Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Morgan Stanley before joining Santander in 2020. Nigel has a keen interest in leadership, management, coaching and mentoring.  He has degrees in Electronic Engineering (BEng (Hons)), Information Systems (MSc) and Defence Studies (MA).

Dilip Degamia 

Dilip is an experienced Independent Regulatory Consultant with a 44-year background in the banking industry, specialising in conduct, financial crime, and operational risk management. Over the past three decades, he has held both the Head of Compliance (SMF16) as well as MLRO (SMF17) roles.

Throughout his career, Dilip has worked with notable institutions, including tier 1 banks like NatWest and Lloyds, as well as several prominent tier 2 foreign banks. His global experience spans regions such as Hong Kong, Nigeria, Australia, Israel, Portugal, India, and the Middle East.

Dilip has developed a broad range of skills in compliance, risk management, governance, controls, and internal audit. He is proficient in aligning corporate strategies with regulatory requirements and adept at managing regulatory challenges, including handling notices under Section 166. His expertise has helped numerous banks achieve operational normalisation.

Marta Lia Requeijo

Marta has dedicated her career to building and enhancing compliance and anti-financial crime frameworks in both global organisations and fintech companies. She has held senior leadership roles in Portugal and the UK at esteemed institutions such as Citigroup, HSBC, ClearBank, Worldpay, GoCardless, Novo Banco Bank, Caixa Geral de Depósitos Bank, and the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.

A former regulator, Marta is also a passionate mentor and tutor for the International Compliance Association’s Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance. She actively contributes to the RUSI/FINTRAIL FinTech FinCrime Policy Group and is a regular speaker at industry events, including the FinTech FinCrime Exchange and the Dark Money Files Conference. Most recently, Marta served as Chief Compliance Officer and Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer for a global payments platform.

Dr Mario Menz

Mario is a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years experience in the financial services sector. Having held the Head of Compliance (SMF16) and MLRO (SMF17) roles, his expertise extends into the consulting sector where he has been involved in a number of section 166 Skilled Persons reviews focusing on financial crime, culture, conduct, and threshold conditions. 

From August 2019 to March 2024, he was the Course Director of the LLM Financial Services Law, Regulation & Compliance at London Metropolitan University. He is currently the Chief Examiner for the Regulation and Compliance exam at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI), and also a member of the Research Advisory Board at The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and the Financial Services Working Group at WhistleblowersUK (WBUK). He regularly writes for the Money Laundering Bulletin, Journal of Financial Crime, and the Journal of Money Laundering Control, and speakers at financial services conferences and webinars. 

Leanard Phillip

Leanard is currently the European Head of Financial Crime/UKMLRO at Bank ABC International Plc. He has a 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. Leanard also holds a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering from Sir John Cass Business School, City University, London and is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist. He also holds a diploma in Forensic Accounting and a Non-Executive Directorships Diploma from the Financial Times Board Director Programme.

Leanard has utilised his education and experience from a career spanning 25 years to demonstrate he is a subject matter expert with the ultimate goal of ensuring that financial services are provided within a safe regulatory environment. He is a Subject Matter Expert in various financial crime prevention systems and controls areas, including governance, policies and procedures, sanctions and proliferation financing compliance, suspicious activities and transaction reporting, and financial crime investigations.

Kemal Şahin

Kemal is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in regulatory compliance, financial crime prevention, corporate governance, internal controls, risk management, project and quality consultancy, and group audit. He has worked with global tier 1 investment banks, securities brokers, and investment advisory firms, including JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank. Additionally, he has served at the board level in retail financial services with Trive Group and Turkish Bank.

Kemal has held Executive Director (SMF3), Chief Compliance Officer (SMF16), Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO/SMF17), and Group Entity Senior Manager (SMF7) roles. He has managed teams of up to 120+ full-time employees across multiple regions, including the UK, USA, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Cyprus, and emerging markets such as Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. He has  has built compliance, AML, and corporate governance functions from scratch, elevating them to international standards, across multiple markets and cultures. He  holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK, and a BSc in Economics from METU, Turkey.

Dawn Hart

Dawn is an experienced financial services risk and compliance leader, whose motivation to improve the financial lives of customers and solve real problems led to her working in financial crime prevention and compliance. She has been an MLRO for 3 different firms since 2019 (banks and building societies). In that time has written, embedded and overseen financial crime frameworks, led remediation projects, sponsored the successful implementation of multiple different FC systems, and engaged multiple external industry stakeholders. 

She most enjoys engaging and training FC prevention teams and supporting colleagues to flourish, and believes this is best achieved by being invested in people and authentic to self. She was keen to join the mentoring scheme to develop a similar relationship with others in industry, and is excited to offer support and learn from the experience.

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