John trained as a barrister. After practising at the Bar, he worked in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in London, and as a legal adviser on the private staff of the Attorney General and Solicitor General in England and Wales. He was later Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor for London in the Crown Prosecution Service, and then Head of Prosecution Policy in England and Wales. He was closely involved in the preparation of the original UK Proceeds of Crime legislation and the development of focused asset recovery strategies in the UK.
He worked with the Council of Europe for many years and was Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL – the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) monitoring mechanism from 2003 until October 2015. He has since been appointed as a scientific expert to MONEYVAL and continues to participate in evaluations and train evaluators. He is also the co-chair of the MONEYVAL Working Group on Evaluations, which prepares the draft assessment reports for plenary discussion. John now acts as an independent consultant on AML/CFT and related issues.
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