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Mary Eastwood Jones joins the ACi as Executive Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Eastwood Jones to the Executive Committee in the role of Executive Director.  Mary ​has over two decades of experience as an Investigations, Whistleblowing and Ethics specialist across the public, private, charitable and humanitarian sectors. With her extensive investigations experience, Mary will be leading several strategic initiatives for the ACi and will be a mentor for staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Mary to the team. She has joined the ACi in a key leadership role to help us deliver some exciting projects that will benefit the investigations community,” Steve Young, CEO, ACi said. “Mary has incredible energy and passion for investigations and I, along with my colleagues, look forward to working with Mary at this juncture in our history. 2022 will be an exciting year for the ACi as we return to face-to-face events for the corporate investigations community throughout the world.”

Mary started her career in criminology research focusing on crime reduction, social inclusion and ethical compliance for a number of UK agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Board, Home Office, and UK police forces, as well as charities. She then worked in an international NGO as Fraud and Corruption Team lead and most recently as Head of Investigations at the world’s largest university publisher. She is a certified fraud examiner and an investigator with significant experience in fraud, bribery and corruption risk management and prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. She has successfully set up and managed internal global ‘whistleblowing’ channels, investigations functions and ethics programmes, and has conducted hundreds of complex global investigations across cultures and languages in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, often in hardship settings. 

Mary commented, “I am excited to contribute to the vision of the ACi, a global not-for-profit with a mission to recognise, develop, and support the corporate investigations profession and our diverse community. I am passionate and fastidious about this mission, and in particular I truly believe that those in our profession should have the skills and support to investigate without fear, favour or fuss- to the highest professional standards.  As someone who has drawn great insights from the ACi community, I am honoured to pay it forward in this role.”

Read Mary’s bio here.

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Research

Swiss Investigations Survey Results

How mature is your in-house investigation function and what can you do to increase your capabilities? Together with Deloitte, we conducted a survey of Swiss in-house investigation functions to analyse the status quo. Deloitte Forensics Partner Nic Carrington met with the CEO of the ACi Steve Young and the CAO of the ACi Katie Hodson to discuss the key findings. Watch the video here.

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ACi Training

Whistleblowing Course launch

Join our three-module course this September

Whistleblowing investigation programmes: How to make sure you are identifying and responding effectively to employee concerns.

Never has it been more important to listen to employees.  A whistleblowing or speak up programme can be a vital tool in understanding what is happening in your company, identifying misconduct and improving risk management.  Get it right by investigating allegations quickly and effectively, and you provide confidence to employees, the board and other key stakeholders.  Get it wrong and it can create an atmosphere of mistrust and lack of transparency.

Join our whistleblowing training sessions to understand recent and upcoming changes in legislation, how to practically improve your whistleblowing investigation programme and how to make the most of data to measure the effectiveness of your whistleblowing programme and identify key risk areas.

The modules take place online on the 29th of September, 6th of October and 13th of October. For all the details see our course page.

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News

Asia Pacific Investigations Capability Survey launch

In cooperation with Deloitte we are pleased to share the key findings of our “Asia Pacific investigations capability survey – Are you prepared for the new normal?”

Join us on 15th April 2021 at 11.30am Singapore for an interesting panel discussion with leading corporate investigators on what challenges they face, how these challenges are met, and best practices of this vitally important function within an organisation.

Register

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ACi Training

Early Bird booking on our Foundation Course

Our popular Foundations in Corporate Investigations Course starts on 4th May 2021. There is an Early Bird discount on your booking until 4th April – secure your place for $300. This course is run via live, interactive webinars. For all the details, see our course page here.

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Jobs

ICRC seeks a Chief Ethics, Risk & Compliance officer

The International Committee of the Red Cross, based in Geneva, is seeking a Chief Ethics, Risk & Compliance Officer. Applications are open until 21st March 2021. For information click here.

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External Events

Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery, Geneva

How are financial institutions re-assessing fraud risks, internal controls, litigation budgets and priorities? Join our COO Basha Galvin on Tuesday, 23rd March for a timely discussion at the C5 Conference with:

-Faizal N., Deputy – Global Head of Anti-Fraud, Credit Suisse

Niki Charilaou, Manager Financial Crime Compliance Department, Bank of Cyprus

Moderated by: Benjamin Borsodi, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.

ACi members and supports can register with a 10% discount using the code: D10-643-643EX21

For details click here

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External Events

Top bank fraud cases and trends to watch in 2021

Our CEO Steve Young joins a panel of Europe’s top banking leaders for a webinar organised by Mine Diren Fornerod, PhD at NetGuardians on 17th March 2021 at 10.00 am CET.
The Panel will explore the current fraud trends observed by the banks and they’ll predict the type of fraud cases that will be on the rise in 2021 and beyond. They’ll examine the top key challenges for the banks and the best practices for effective fraud prevention. They’ll be looking at:

  • What are the current fraud trends observed by the banks?
  • What type of fraud cases are predicted in 2021 and forward?
  • What are the top key challenges for banks?
  • What are the best practices are for an effective fraud prevention?

To register, click here.

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Webinars

Searching for a job and need advice on your CV and interviewing?

The ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic has produced a severe economic downturn resulting in job redundancies in many corporate sectors. Budget reductions and restructuring have resulted in job cuts in corporate investigation departments. Whilst some are reducing, others are recruiting.

How do you give yourself the best chance in today’s job market?

The ACi were delighted to support a webinar hosted by City CV and sponsored by enteles search.  The webinar was opened by Neil Fletcher on behalf of the ACi and James Butler for enteles search. The webinar was broadcast on Wednesday 6th January 2021 and is available for ACi members to view in the members area.

Victoria McLean the CEO of City CV gives excellent advice and best practice on writing your CV to get that all important interview and job. The current job market is seeing unprecedented competition for job roles so it is important you give yourself the best possible chance. That starts with your CV.

To join the ACi and gain access to this, and other investigations related webinars, apply here.

For further information and to contact City CV visit:  https://citycv.co.uk

For further information and to contact enteles search visit: https://enteles-search.com

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News

A warm welcome to our new Regional Committee Members

We are delighted to welcome a new team to our regional committees, headed up by Manu Hanspal in EMEA and Mark Gough in APAC. Read all about them here.