ABOUT KYC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES

Eliminating financial crime with smart technology

Our Belief

We believe there is a moral imperative in fighting financial crime. We also believe that conducting business ethically is conducive to the development of sustainable business. We know that smart technology is the key to enabling businesses to know their customers and to use data to drive business decisions that do no harm.

Our story

We founded KYC Global Technologies in 2016, but the seeds of the business were sown in the experience of our Founder, Stephen Platt, conducting multiple systemically important regulatory investigations into the financial crime compliance of financial institutions around the world.

Collectively, our team has over 150 years of investigating and remediating businesses’ AML compliance environments.

That experience has taught us three things:

  • Legacy screening tools are not fit for purpose in combating financial crime in the 21st Century
  • Businesses are struggling to meet the data challenge and are failing to utilise the data they hold to manage risk effectively and drive effective risk governance;
  • Despite spending an ever increasing amount on compliance headcount, AML compliance failures and resulting enforcement actions against financial institutions are increasing because legacy technology is inadequate.

We resolved to develop next generation screening and data analytics software that facilitated a paradigm shift in AML compliance. That is what we have done.

Now over 700 businesses, regulators and law enforcement agencies across the world use our technologies to combat financial crime.

Our people

One of the qualities that differentiates KYC Global Technologies from all other AML technology providers is our commitment to cultivating a team of subject matter experts and data scientists. AML is in our DNA and that is reflected in the way we design, build and deploy our solutions and in the operational efficiency gains experienced by users of our technologies.​

Senior Management

Stephen Platt | Founder & CEO

Stephen is the Founder and the CEO of KYC Global Technologies. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in financial crime prevention on which his counsel is widely sought by businesses and regulators alike. Prior to establishing KYC Global he spent 25 years conducting large scale regulatory enquiries into AML compliance failings by businesses ranging from Tier 1 banks downwards. He is a barrister, the original founder of the International Compliance Association, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC and the author of the #1 best-selling book ‘Criminal Capital’.

Neal King | CTO

Neal is our Chief Technical Officer in which role he leads a team of in-house developers. Neal has a long track record of designing and coding software solutions designed to manage risk and improve customer lifecycle management. His previous roles have included senior appointments at a Tier 1 bank and at fiduciary and investment businesses.

Tom Devlin | Senior Director, Product & Regulatory

Tom is our Senior Director – Regulatory and Product Design. Educated at Oxford Tom worked in corporate finance at Rothschilds before qualifying as an English barrister. For much of the past ten years he has been managing systemically important enquiries for regulators into compliance failures within regulated businesses both on and offshore. With his deep expertise in the AML challenges faced by businesses he plays a critical role in the design specification of our technologies and in supporting enterprise customers.

Sharon Spence, RiskScreen CRO

Sharon Spence | EVP - Sales

An accomplished, strong business leader who works alongside all areas of the organisation to deliver business excellence. Sharon has an extensive history in building and leading sales teams to success, developing strategies to facilitate growth, and steering organisations through rapid growth phases. Highly experienced in growth strategies and a leading UK seller in the world of FinCrime software, having had a highly successful career at NICE Actimize, Sharon knows what is required to make a SaaS scale-up successful. Sharon’s success comes with the knowledge of how to combine technology, people, and business goals.

Kate Marsden | CMO

Kate is our Chief Marketing Officer, with years of experience in B2B tech firms, digital businesses and branding. She started her digital career at the Financial Times Group in the mid 1990's, working with data providers such as Dow Jones and Lexis Nexis, before moving on to a very nascent FT.com at the beginning of the first dot com boom. Since then she has worked for large brands such as BT and PA Consulting , as well as a number of start-ups and scale-ups. Kate studied at St Andrews and Oxford, and has an MBA from London Business School.

Cate Wright | Director, Customer & Strategy

Cate is our Customer and Strategy Director and acts as the voice of our customers. Cate uses her experience as both a fin-tech customer and supplier to drive a truly customer centric strategy for our business. Cate has over 10 years’ experience in financial crime and implementing counter-fraud solutions into Financial Services. Cate’s previous roles include Head of Fraud for GoCompare.com, Global Head of Product and Global Head of Customer Success for BAE Systems. Cate oversees the management of our customers including our relationships and all areas of our customers journey from on-boarding to ongoing support. Her goal is to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction throughout a customer’s journey with us.

Sherjeel Aman | Head of Customer Success

Sherjeel is the Head of our Customer Success function which handles Implementations and support. Sherjeel obtained a BEng in Electronic Engineering from King’s College, London and Masters in Communication & Signals Processing from Imperial College, London. His previous experience includes roles at Citi, Accenture and most recently as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs.

Katie de la Haye | Head of Ops

Katie is our Head of Operations, responsible for Finance and HR. She read PPE at the University of Oxford after which she qualified as a chartered accountant. Working for Deloitte in Manchester she managed audit engagements across a variety of sectors. Her previous experience of working with tech companies includes a role heading up financial reporting at Laterooms.com.

Caroline Ruark | Head of Governance

Caroline is our Head of Governance in which role she is responsible for corporate secretarial and corporate governance. She obtained her degree and postgraduate diploma in law from the University of Aberdeen. She is a qualified Scottish solicitor and Cayman Islands attorney at law. Caroline’s previous experience includes roles at Slaughter & May, Maples & Calder and Mourant.

Alex Carus

Alex studied Jurisprudence at University College, Oxford, and qualified as an English solicitor in 2000. He moved to Jersey in 2003 and qualified as a Jersey Advocate in 2008. Alex has held roles at a number of offshore law firms including as a partner at Walkers and then Hatstone Lawyers before joining KYC Global.

RiskScreen Sales Team

Hamish Singh

Hamish is our Head of EMEA and is focused on driving growth in the region alongside KYC Global’s already impressive global client landscape. As a seasoned business defence leader, Hamish has operated in a variety of security and transformation roles for some of the world's largest financial services, government/defence and utility organisations. Hamish originally trained as a criminal behavioural scientist and has previously worked all over the security and intelligence community in the UK on high profile programmes. Alongside his current role he also leads initiatives for women in technology and an NHS Trust within a NED capacity.

Jack Mills

As Business Development Executive, Jack is responsible for driving growth and market share opportunities in the KYC Onboarding space. Having successfully positioned risk assessment solutions for several years across financial and corporate sectors, Jack has a wealth of knowledge in the challenges faced by compliance teams to orchestrate and execute their due diligence processes, and how technology can be deployed to ensure regulatory compliance whilst exposing potential risks through automated processes.

Jeremy Swetenham

As Director, Sales and Channel Partnerships, Jeremy manages enterprise and partner relationships for KYC Global Technologies. Jeremy obtained a BEng Hons in Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh and went onto become the youngest Major in the British Army at the age of 26, where he also served as the Chief Technical Training Officer for the Royal Armoured Corps. More recently, as Head of Commercial Operations for Newtel Solutions, he played a key role in establishing a pan- island telecommunications service provider with a focus on enterprise services. Jeremy has a deep technical expertise and thorough understanding of risk management through the application of people, processes and technology.

Mark Cobby

As VP Sales, IFCs, Mark is an experienced screening software sales professional with extensive experience in understanding and meeting the AML requirements of a range of organisations including financial institutions, trust and corporate service providers, real estate agents and dealers in high value goods.

Board Members
Ian Crosby

Ian is Head of Group Risk and Chairman of Stonehage Fleming. He chairs several family offices, is a Director of numerous mutual funds, fund advisory and investment boards and committees and acts as trustee on a number of family trusts. Ian has Bachelor of Commerce and LLB (Law) degrees.

Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is the former Chief Executive of Umbro, Manchester United and Chelsea FC. He is the founder of Coaches Voice and a widely respected expert in Business Strategy and commercial operations.

Stephen Chandler

Stephen is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Notion Capital, a venture capital firm focused on Cloud Computing and Software-as-a-Service; and a board director of several high-potential tech companies. Also Co-founder of SeedCloud, the seed incubator which helps great technology ideas become successful businesses.

Previously President, EMEA and CFO at MessageLabs, the global leader in SaaS messaging security acquired by Symantec in 2008 for $700m.

Stephen Platt

A RegTech Pioneer in the AML arena, Stephen is the co-founder of the International Compliance Association and the author of the #1 bestselling book 'Criminal Capital' published by Palgrave Macmillan widely regarded as a seminal work on money laundering prevention.

Stephen is one of the world's leading authorities on the criminal abuse of financial services through on and offshore jurisdictions. He is a former practising barrister and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is the original author of the International Diploma in Compliance and the International Diploma in Money Laundering Prevention - professional qualifications that have been awarded to tens of thousands of professionals around the world. He has assisted the World Bank on both the StAR initiative and the groundbreaking study tracking illicit financial flows from Somalian piracy. Additionally, he has worked on some of the most notorious kleptocracy asset recovery actions of the past 30 years. He has trained numerous supranational bodies, regulators, law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He consults to Stephen Platt & Associates LLP on large-scale regulatory investigations.

Our values

Our core values serve as the foundation for our decisions, actions and communication.

Expert

Everything that we innovate, build and deploy is founded upon a commitment to maintaining our expertise in Financial Crime Compliance and Data Science.

Focus

As tempting as it can be to pursue new opportunities for the application of our technology, we don’t. We have a laser sharp focus on eliminating financial crime with smart technology. It’s all we do.

Innovation

We are curious. We constantly question and innovate allowing us to give our customers an edge.

High Impact

Our technology is high impact. It acts as a force multiplier in improving risk governance and creating compliance control efficiencies.

Responsible

We believe that business should be a force for good not bad. We are proud that our technology is designed to help our customers combat crime. We do no harm and strive always to benefit the communities in which we work through a commitment to equality, transparency and social responsibility.

Trust

Nothing is more important to us than the trust of our customers.

Our locations

Our commitment to financial crime prevention extends to funding KYC360, the world’s leading online AML knowledge portal. KYC360 features premium content from over 150 contributors including some of the world’s leading AML experts drawn from industry, regulators and law enforcement.

KYC360 is free and includes an online CPD Wallet enabling users to maintain a record of their evolving AML expertise.​