AML CPD Series 2019 – Seminar 9: Countering the financing of terrorism – what areas should an effective BRA consider when managing this risk?

Professional Development


This seminar forms part of the Anti-Money Laundering CPD Series. Achieving your statutory AML CPD can be a challenge. The aim of this series is to provide practical and relevant CPD in a lively format. The topics covered are crucial for building and maintaining your knowledge in today’s fast-moving environment.

Designed to be flexible around you, these sessions run three times a day allowing you to choose a time that suits your busy schedule.

Each session is repeated at:
8am–9am, 1pm–2pm, 4pm–5pm

Book the full series

07 Mar 2019 - 12 Dec 2019

Suitable For

This series will be of interest to anyone working in the finance sector including MLCOs, MLROs, anti-financial crime specialists, compliance professionals, directors and those working in risk management.

1 CPD hours
1 hour

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  • Top tips – using the FATF recommendations of PESTEL
  • Are you asking the right questions around Political issues, Economic factors, Social structure, Technological capabilities, Environment and geographical features and Legislation?
  • Ensuring an effective risk assessment in line with current National Risk Assessment (NRA) thinking


Ross Savage, Director at Grata Opus Limited

Following military service with the Royal Engineers Ross joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 2002, becoming a Detective in 2004.

Between 2004 – 2006, Ross worked on a range of pro-active policing units in west London, including the Criminal Investigations Department and Forensic Docket Squad, where he was tasked with identifying and apprehending individuals who had left their fingerprints and DNA at crime scenes.

In 2006, Ross became an Accredited Financial Investigator, working in the Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) and was the case officer on money laundering investigations, asset tracing, restraint and criminal proceeds confiscation investigations against Organised Criminal Networks operating in London and across the UK.

In 2007, Ross joined the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU), a specialist operations department within the MPS Counter Terrorism Command. He led national and International Terrorist Finance (TF) and intelligence operations, working closely with the international intelligence community, key government partners and appropriate stakeholders from the financial services sector.

During this time, he routinely dealt with the regulated disclosure regime in respect of investigating and providing feedback to institutions concerning submitted Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) linked to AML and TF.

As part of a UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) capacity building program, Ross was part of a small team of officers that delivered tailored Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) training to overseas partners in the middle east.

In 2012 he managed the NTFIU’s Intelligence and Assessment desk during the London Olympics and was responsible for prioritising the response to and further development of information initially received in to the unit.

In 2013, Ross was seconded to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide specialist Terrorist Finance (TF) operational expertise, in support of delivering strategic effects, against UK defence operational priorities. During this secondment, Ross was responsible for developing UK TF lines of effort for adoption at the ‘Five Eyes’ Threat Finance Working Group. This was comprised of subject matter experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States and the UK. Ross was also responsible for delivering TF training to identified defence stakeholders.

Since 2015, operating as Grata Opus Ltd, Ross continues to design and deliver tailored CFT, Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) training products to a range of government and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. In addition, Ross works with leading international financial crime training providers to deliver a range of specialist courses, delivered in public and in-house arena’s, which include certificate and diploma level programs.