Barry Ellis retired after 39 years continuous service as a UK police / law enforcement officer with the Metropolitan Police, The National Crime Squad (NCS), the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and, latterly, the National Crime Agency (NCA). He has led various specialised teams investigating serious organised crime, fraud, money laundering and other financial crime; predominantly in an international environment.
As a member of the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) management team, and operational head of the department with responsibility for overseas relationships he led on international financial crime policy; working closely with bodies such as the FATF, EU Commission (Justice and Home Affairs), Interpol, World Bank, Europol and Egmont. He is an experienced financial intelligence and international asset recovery specialist and was Head of the UK Asset Recovery Office (UK ARO). He represented the UK at both the European Union (EU) FIU and EU ARO platforms based in Brussels. As both an anti-corruption practitioner and policy maker, he was the chair of a multi–agency PEP Corruption forum and a key member of a Cabinet Office led initiative aimed at supporting UNCAC objectives with domestic and international stakeholders.
A co-author of an EU funded financial investigation manual aimed at raising the profile of asset recovery amongst EU practitioners, he is regularly consulted on matters of financial crime and international cooperation policy.
Since April 2015, Barry has provided consultancy services to the General Counsel’s Office and Global Head of Investigations at a major international bank focusing on improving investigative techniques through enhanced training programmes, reviews of investigations and the creation of investigations support material. He is currently providing similar services to a leading financial regulator.
Delivery and management of international co-operation on financial intelligence exchange and asset recovery methodology. Operational effectiveness and risk management evaluations. Delivery of anti -money laundering, counter fraud and counter corruption strategies and techniques, including corrupt PEPs, to public and private sector clients.
Countries in Which Employed
UK including Crown Dependencies, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Kenya, USA, Jamaica, Aruba, Grenada, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Jordan and Cyprus.