Jennifer is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Forensic Data Analytics practice. She specialises in financial crime technology, and in particular the introduction of machine learning and automation to optimise existing Financial Crime Control systems within financial service institutions. Jennifer is managing the global programme for the roll out of products and solutions targeting client’s financial crime risk management problems across the KPMG member firm network whilst continuing to build client relationships and deliver ongoing client commitments.
Jennifer was shortlisted for the Champion for Women Award in 2019 and has now come on board the WIBF Tech team. A year on, Jennifer reflects on her discovery of WIBF and what it has offered her…
It’s been a year since I was shortlisted for the Champion for Women award and in that year a lot more has changed than I imagined. For starters, I hadn’t actually heard of WIBF when I was nominated. Having served 12 years in the Army, the Corporate world still felt quite new. The learning curve was quite steep and there were many organisations I wasn’t aware existed. On being nominated for the award, I thought I had better join WIBF and find out a little bit more about the organisation. And I am so glad I did.
Since joining WIBF I have taken advantage of the wealth of events that are held in London. From panels on Neobanking to personal development and focusing on my career, I have been inspired and educated by a host of talented women. I’ve also enjoyed meeting other members and learn just as much chatting with them over a glass of wine as I do during the main event. WIBF is a rich resource and one I am glad to have.
To my genuine surprise, I am also now a WIBF volunteer. I had initially doubted I had much to offer but I am now part of the technology team helping to define WIBF’s technology strategy so that WIBF can support even more of its members. Working in a technology team for my day job I was keen to learn more about technology, how it was organised, structured and used, in a domain other than financial crime compliance. And this has indeed been the case. The team have all been selected for their relevant skills, whether that is data analytics and data science, project management, or customer engagement. And this has meant a rich variety of experiences since I started in September 2019. I initially worked with Katherine Carver to review the Knowledge Hub to determine whether it could operate in a more effective way and to determine if any technology change was required. This meant I met even more of the WIBF volunteers who are working on thought leadership and supporting the Board. That workstream has concluded and I’m now helping Anna de Rosier to review all of WIBF’s technology to determine what is required, what we can do better, and what we no longer need. It can be difficult to fit this alongside a busy day job, but the enthusiasm, commitment and engagement of the team make it worthwhile.
It has been such a positive experience becoming more actively involved in WIBF and I would recommend anyone that is considering volunteering take that step. I will acknowledge I have been fortunate to have the support of my employer, KPMG, through provision of volunteering days and renewal of my WIBF membership. But I would still be supporting WIBF were that not the case as I have found it to be one of the most positive organisations supporting women in the industry.