Helena Wood

Associate Fellow; Head of Public Policy at Cifas


Helena is the Head of Public Policy at Cifas, the UK’s largest not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow and head of the UK Economic Crime Programme at RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies.

Helena's research interests include reform of the UK's response to economic crime as well as the global policy response to criminal asset confiscation. Since joining CFCS as an Associate Fellow in 2015, Helena has published research on the UK's proceeds of crime architecture, fraud, and anti-money laundering intelligence gaps.

Prior to joining CFCS as a staff member, Helena ran an independent financial crime consultancy, with clients across the public, private and third sectors. Earlier in her career, Helena spent over a decade in public service in the UK, with positions at the National Crime Agency, the Asset Recovery Agency, HM Treasury, and the Charity Commission.


UK Economic Crime Plan

In July 2019, the UK government launched its first Economic Crime Plan (2019–2022) and, in March 2023, the UK government launched its second Economic Crime Plan (2023-2026). This project tracks and reviews the implementation of these plans.

Economic Crime Plan Online Tracker

This online tracker provides a tool by which the progress of the Economic Crime Plan can be monitored.

External podcasts

Britain Debrief Podcast: Is Corruption Threatening Britain? A Debrief with Helena Wood

With an epidemic of fraud hitting the UK during the pandemic, and corruption a matter of daily concern in Westminster, Ben Judah interviews Helena Wood for the Atlantic Council.