My name is Susan Grossey. I graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a degree in English, and – unsure what to do next – stayed on to get a PGCE teaching qualification. I taught secondary English for two years before realising that the National Curriculum was designed primarily to extinguish every spark of creativity in its teachers. I then became a technical author, and reached the pinnacle of this profession when I was asked to document the workings of a choc-ice wrapping machine in Cardiff, while wearing a fetching blue hairnet (which I forgot to remove until it was mentioned by the till-girl in the petrol station on the M4).
From this unbeatable high point I moved into technical training, and one day was asked to help with a staff manual on fraud prevention. As I wrote the chapter on money laundering, I realised that here was a topic that could keep my interest for years – and so it has proved. Since 1998, I have been self-employed as an anti-money laundering consultant, providing training and strategic advice and writing policies and procedures for clients in the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands. As part of my job, I have written thirty-three books (two editions of “Money Laundering: A Training Strategy”, eleven editions of “The Money Laundering Officer’s Practical Handbook”, four jurisdictional editions of “Anti-Money Laundering: A Guide for the Non-Executive Director” and sixteen jurisdictional/sectoral editions of “Anti-Money Laundering: What You Need to Know” – of course that counts as thirty-three books). I also contribute a monthly article to the trade paper, Money Laundering Bulletin (and have done so for more than a decade).
You may begin to detect a theme here. Yes, I hate money laundering for what it does and what it represents, but in reality I love it – am obsessed by it – think about it almost constantly. I am hoping this blog will allow me to clear some space in my mind for other matters, like eating healthily and cleaning the house – but I doubt it.