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Five minutes with the faculty: Dawn Fisher

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Dawn Fisher, our AML Course Director, has worked in anti money laundering and financial crime prevention for over 14 years in a range of sectors including money services businesses, securities and prime brokerage. She has also spent time as an AML manager working for a big-four consultancy firm on its AML forensic team.


Dawn has widespread financial crime experience from development and implementation of AML and financial crime prevention policies and procedures – including CDD, anti-bribery and corruption, fraud and sanctions – to the implementation of automated anti money laundering and customer screening monitoring systems. Dawn is also an Actimise subject matter expert.


She has first-hand experience of all three stages of a s.166 review and prior to joining International Compliance Training, coordinated the final (reasonable assurance) phase for a medium-sized enterprise with a significant global footprint.


For approximately 12 years Dawn acted in the capacity of nominated officer whilst in-industry, and acted in a DMLRO capacity for nearly a decade, so is well versed in the technicalities and complexities of the UK reporting regime, including dealing with the tricky issue of ‘consent’.


Dawn has extensive experience in developing and delivering anti money laundering and financial crime awareness training and has previously developed a comprehensive employee AML training programme which was considered industry ‘best practice'.


A keen student of criminology, with an interest in organised crime, Dawn has also received a number of academic awards for her work in this area, including recognition for her dissertation on the UK Proceeds of Crime Act and its fitness for purpose in disrupting organised crime in the UK.


So, without further ado, let’s find out more about Dawn.


What made you want to become part of the TED team?


The reason I joined the International Compliance Training faculty (apart from Pekka Dare’s fabulous barnet and lies about glamorous travel – I give you Swindon and raise you Milton Keynes) is that I believe in the AML effort and have done ever since I stumbled accidentally across a new piece of legislation called the Proceeds of Crime Act. I truly believe that we can make a difference and anyone who attends my workshops will know I will always split hairs between training and education. I believe that why we do something is incredibly important and like to think that I can install in students that same ethos.


What do you love most about your role here at International Compliance Training HQ?


Checking in with Jayne, Ellie and the PM team. We couldn’t do it without their support.


What do you see the future of regulatory compliance being like?


I see a lot more focus on ‘failure to prevent’ offences but honestly, I think we are making it up as we go along. Trying to solve global issues at domestic levels when we cannot even agree on what laundering actually is (predicate crimes differ by jurisdiction) does not make for a harmonious approach. The system is fundamentally broken – not to detract from the efforts of the regulated sector but government policy makers need to get out of la la land and start asserting themselves in the international arena. I think we have reached a point where we are now legislating to appease populist rhetoric but fundamentally we are not making changes where we need to and the burden on regulated sector is increasing somewhat disproportionately.  

What three words sum up compliance?


It depends on the context. I would say sustainable, ethical business.


Tell us your funniest workshop story!


All my workshops are fun – ask my students!




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