Matthew Redhead

Senior Associate Fellow; Financial crime consultant and researcher


Matthew Redhead is a researcher and writer on financial crime and national security topics, and an independent risk consultant to the FinTech and RegTech sectors. He is also a regular contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review on serious organised crime, financial crime, terrorism and intelligence.

He has extensive experience in financial services, having trained as a ‘front office’ banker for HSBC in the 1990s, and worked for seven years in various senior roles in that same bank’s financial crime risk function, leaving as Global Head of Strategic Intelligence in April 2018. He has also served as a government official at the MoD, and on secondment at the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office. He has considerable experience working in several fields of management consultancy for PwC and Matrix Knowledge Group. 

Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance Taskforce Member

Thoughts on the Taskforce:

I am optimistic about the impact that the arrival of the Biden administration is going to have on the international debate about illicit finance; I genuinely sense that these issues matter to President Biden, and Secretaries Blinken and Yellen. So it’s a perfect time to participate in an initiative that can help shape the US debate and - hopefully - actions too. As a Brit, moreover, I think we’re at a point, post-Brexit, where we need to promote our values in a positive way on a global stage. Illicit finance has been an issue that has gained attention under the last two Prime Ministers, and although the government remains rhetorically committed to the Economic Crime Plan, there’s need for an infusion of enthusiasm, not only for its delivery, but its further development. I think TARIF comes at just the right time to help stimulate that necessary energy.

Matthew Redhead

Senior Associate Fellow; Financial crime consultant and researcher

Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance

TARIF aims to strengthen global democracy by identifying viable ways in which the UK and US can combine efforts in tackling illicit finance.

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