I lecture at the University of Portsmouth’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ). Prior to this, I served for nearly 20 years in the UK police service, most recently as a detective specializing in criminal investigations. I am involved in a range of research and teaching activities within economic crime, organised crime and policing.
My research focuses on issues of secrecy, offshore finance, and beneficial ownership transparency. I am intrigued with understanding the characteristics of offshore jurisdictions, the methods used to conceal beneficial ownership, and how governments and regulatory bodies attempt to control illicit offshore activities.
I am also interested in the financial regulation of cryptoassets (such as non-fungible tokens [NFTs] and cryptocurrencies); the role of blockchain technology in registers of beneficial ownership; smart contracts; the metaverse; and decentralized finance (DeFi).