Back to the mothership

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it – well, not for much longer.  As you read this, I am making my way to Brussels – to attend a conference at the European Commission!  Those of you who know me well will be aware of how I have longed to move closer to the heart of AML – to learn more, of course, but mainly so that I can perhaps make a minute, miniscule, microscopic contribution to the shaping of AML requirements.  I would dearly love to be able to do my bit to help MLROs by explaining at the design stage what is it like to live with these pronouncements; after two decades of “like it or lump it”, I’m hoping to move fractionally closer to the moulding of the lumps.  I’m under no illusions that I am going to set the AML world on fire at this conference, but I do have a couple of questions that – should the opportunity arise – I would like to ask.

So just how did I wangle my way into such elite AML company?  To be honest, I’m not entirely sure.  An invitation from the organisers arrived by email, and I can only assume that – through diligent response to all consultations and generally sticking my oar in whenever possible – I have somehow made it on to an emailing list.  The invitation said “Let us know if you’re interested” and readers, I nearly bit their hand off.  My Eurostar ticket was booked before you could say “beneficial ownership”.  And for me there is an added incentive – as if being at an AML conference and surrounded by chocolate were not enough for any woman.  I was born in Brussels, just around the corner from the conference venue, and I haven’t seen the place since I was two.  There can’t be many business trips that encompass financial crime and maternity hospitals, but this is just such a one.  I’ll tell you all about it next week.

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7 Responses to Back to the mothership

  1. Paul Coleman says:

    Hello Susan, yes I can understand why you are so excited. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Have a good trip regards Paul

  2. Claire says:

    Just bring the sun to Brussels! Looking forward to seeing you tonight. And I do hope you’ll have some positive influence at the conference.

  3. Keith Hood says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about the 4th directive when you return!

  4. Josh Burdett says:

    Congratulations Sue, you quoted a song lyric at the top so I will add another slightly newer song in response (by FUN.)

    Tonight
    We are young
    So let’s set the world on fire
    We can burn brighter than the sun

    Carry me home tonight

  5. Graham Thomas says:

    Hi Susan

    Well done on the conference invite. It’s nice to know that your various contributions aren’t ignored. Have a safe trip and I hope that the conference (and the chocolate) lives up to your expectations.

    Best Wishes

    Graham

  6. Thank you all for your kind and encouraging words – I am back from the corridors of power, sitting now at the desk of admin, and will be blogging about my Big European Adventure on Monday.
    Best wishes from Susan

  7. Pingback: An awfully big European adventure – part 1 | I hate money laundering

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