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Helena Wood’s areas of research will focus on the efficacy of Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) powers in the fight against organised crime and the UK’s anti-money laundering architecture and its compliance with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.
Now working as an independent consultant on criminal justice matters, Helena has over a decade of public sector and law enforcement experience, with a particular focus on proceeds of crime and international law enforcement cooperation.
During her public service career Helena performed a variety of key roles, from policy development to law enforcement intelligence and operations management, in a number of Government departments, such as the National Crime Agency (NCA), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), theTreasury and the Charity Commission.
These roles included leading SOCA's civil confiscation policy development, advising the Foreign Office on organised crime matters and working on the 2007 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) evaluation of the UK.