Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is comprised of in-house investigations professionals

The Executive Committee is the governing body of the ACi, and sets the strategic priorities of the Association. 

It is a working committee, making decisions driven by the professional needs of the Association’s membership and wider corporate investigations community. The Executive Committee  devotes its time to the Association out of a commitment to its mission and the chance to ‘give back’ to the profession. 

In line with ACi’s mission, our Executive Committee members hold active in-house investigation positions and work pro-bono. These constitutional requirements serve to prevent actual and/or perceived conflicts of interest. 

The Executive Director is the only non-voting member of the Executive Committee, and works exclusively for the ACi. 

We define ‘in-house’ as any person engaged in a corporate investigations role and preferably as a head of investigation or middle management. We define non-in-house as external ‘sellers of investigative services’ namely, external lawyers, consultants, auditors, accountants, technology vendors, education and training suppliers, etc. The terms ‘in-house’ and ‘external’ are broadly understood by all industry sectors.

If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee and wish to learn more, please register your interest via ‘Contact Us’ and a member of the Executive Committee will contact you to explain the role in more detail.

Steve Young, Chief Executive Officer

Steve served 20 years in UK law enforcement investigating economic crime specialising in the pro-active investigation of Banking Fraud, Bribery & Corruption, Whistleblowing and Money Laundering. This was followed by 6 years at Citigroup Inc. as EMEA Regional Director of Investigations, and 8 years as Barclays Bank Plc, Global Head of Investigations for Investment Banking & Wealth Management. Currently Head of Fraud & Investigations in Group Compliance at Lombard Odier, based in Geneva. To date, 40 years of international economic crime experience in both a law enforcement and corporate environment.

Basha Galvin, Chief Operating Officer

Basha started her career with the Metropolitan Police and moved to the City of London Police Fraud Unit, covering money laundering, trade finance fraud, bribery and corruption. Basha left the police and moved to Citigroup for four years, moving to Barclays plc in 2006 as Head of Investigations & Whistleblowing for Wealth & Investment Bank. In 2018 Basha moved to the Oil & Gas Industry as Head of Investigations for Tullow Oil Plc leaving in late 2020. In early 2021 Basha moved to Lloyds Banking Group managing Conduct Investigations and in November 2022 commenced a role as Senior Investigations Manager at British American Tobacco. Basha is a seasoned financial crime investigator in the public and corporate sector. She has led and managed global investigations teams, provided investigations training and built case management systems. During her career, Basha has had the opportunity to work in a number of jurisdictions including the USA, APAC and EMEA developing investigation models and collating evidence for civil and criminal prosecutions. Basha was named as one of the “Top 40 in-house” investigation professionals by Global Investigations Review.

Jeff Giddings, Head of EMEA

Jeff has over 26 years’ experience leading and performing internal and external corporate investigations in the corporate sector, various United Nation’s agencies, and other international organizations. Currently, he is the Senior Investigator and Head of Investigations for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.

Ash Sharma, Head of Advisory Panel

Ash Sharma has over 20 years’ experience in investigations and financial crime risk mitigation. Ash presently manages one of two global investigation hubs for Anglo American Plc, a global mining, minerals and extraction company.  His team conduct corporate ethics and compliance (including regulatory and financial crime) investigations. Ash has worked in the UK and Asia in regional and group roles for a global bank. There, he headed up an internal fraud risk, background vetting and investigation function, before leading and coordinating global significant investigations for the group.  Ash is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Financial Crime Specialist, and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

Patrick Wellens, Chief Compliance Officer

Patrick has over 20 years’ professional experience in leading complex and sensitive global fraud, corruption and financial crime investigations across diverse sectors from luxury brands to healthcare to NGOs and is experienced working with law firms, prosecutors and compliance monitors. He also has an impressive track record of establishing risk, compliance, and Internal Audit governance, processes, systems and standards. Patrick is currently working as a Compliance Manager for a healthcare and agriculture company where he is a business partner for all global functions of consumer health division and EMEA Crop Science management functions. Patrick is also a Board Member of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland and member of the editorial board of Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

Patrick will be co-chairing the Ethics & Compliance Switzerland conference on third party risk in Zurich this October 27-28,2022. You can view the event agenda and register here.

Alex Moss, Chief Financial Officer

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in investigations in Europe, MENA and South America, spanning various industries, including biotechnology, financial services, oil & gas, automotive, transport and government sector.

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Alex’s first career was as a professional musician, performing with prominent orchestras in the UK and overseas. In 2005, Alex joined EY, initially as part of the tax practice, before working in internal audit and forensic investigations. In 2018, Alex joined StoneTurn, where he undertook significant investigations and forensic reviews, and served on compliance monitorships. In 2022, he joined Amgen as Compliance Senior Manager, Lead Investigator for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Alex is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Portuguese speaker and Trustee/Director of Bromley Youth Music Trust.

Having supported the ACi as Finance Advisor, in 2022 Alex joined the ACi’s Executive Committee, as Chief Financial Officer.

Simon Scales, Chief Strategy Officer

Simon’s extensive international experience in corporate investigations includes significant Employee Misconduct, Fraud, Bribery, Corruption, Antitrust & Competition, AML, Sanctions, Market Abuse and commensurate preventative/remedial measures. His 30 years of expertise in major investigation management, covert and overt intelligence gathering, relationship and stakeholder management, Ethics / Compliance / Integrity related investigations and reviews demonstrate his proven ability to facilitate consensus through negotiation and collaborate with senior management across all geographies. 

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