Sarah is a director in the Forensic Accounting team based in FRA’s London office. She has over 17 years’ experience of complex and often cross-jurisdictional investigations, including financial crime, regulatory issues and accounting irregularities. She has worked across a range of industries, focusing particularly on financial services and undertaking investigations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Before joining FRA, Sarah was the Africa and Middle East Regional Head of Financial Crime Intelligence and Investigations for Standard Chartered Bank, based in Dubai. Sarah led the bank’s regional investigation response to global financial crime issues generating media and regulatory scrutiny, such as the ‘Panama Papers’, the ‘Russian Laundromat’ and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad allegations. She led a team developing proactive intelligence on emerging financial crime themes covering money laundering and predicate offences, terrorist financing and potential sanctions breaches in order to identify and investigate higher risk clients. Through investigations, she identified enhancements to the bank’s control environment. Sarah also worked previously in the forensic team at a Big 4 firm for 11 years, leading investigations into corporate and procurement fraud, embezzlement, bribery and corruption.
Sarah is a UK qualified chartered accountant, a certified fraud examiner and a certified anti-money laundering specialist.