John was appointed permanently as the SFO’s Chief Operating Officer on 28 May 2020, is responsible for all operational functions of the SFO, and is a member of the SFO’s Board. His previous roles at the SFO from 2014 was as Head of Law Enforcement Liaison and International Assistance and since April 2016, he headed what is now the SFO’s Strategy and Policy Division. His responsibilities there included strategic engagement with other law enforcement and government partners and external stakeholders as well as oversight of legal and legislative issues relevant to the SFO’s functions. He was also responsible for the SFO’s Operational Handbook and oversaw the drafting and publication of the SFO’s Corporate Co-operation Guidance in August 2019.
The SFO has also recently updated and published its internal guidance on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and taken together these documents provide companies and their legal advisers with a clearer understanding of what the SFO expects from those wishing to negotiate and enter into DPAs.
John has over 35 years’ law enforcement experience having worked in HM Revenue & Customs immediately prior to joining the SFO, the Ministry of Defence and the police, in both the UK and overseas. He has worked mainly in the field of intelligence and analysis and has been responsible for identifying and assessing complex organised fraud and money laundering threats against the UK Government.