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OE Dan Talks Financial Crime!

On 16 November 2023 it was an absolute pleasure to welcome OE Dan Coe (1993-04) back to RGS Worcester where he delivered a wonderful Careers Seminar.

On leaving RGS, Dan went to study Criminology and Social Psychology at Cardiff University and he now works at HSBC as Head of Complex Money Laundering within HSBCs Global Financial Crime Invstigations team.

During the Seminar, Dan provided an overview of his role at HSBC, shedding light on the complexities of financial crime investigations and how organised crime and other transnational financial crime elements effect the integrity of the global financial system. 

Dan took pupils through some real life financial crime examples to describe how crimanal actors have exploited the financial system in the past, noting that financial crime is thought to cost the global economy around three trillion dollrs per year.

Drawing on his academic journey at RGS, Dan spoke about the A Level subjects he studied here at RGS: P.E, Business, Chemistry, and Biology, and he expressed gratitude for the inspiration he received from his former Head of Sixth Form, Mr Simon Woolcott, as well as Mr Gareth Hughes, now the Headmaster at RGS The Grange.

While initially considering a career in the police force, Dan explored various paths after university, including roles at West Mercia Police and the Metropolitan Police Force. Ultimately, he decided instead to join the Civil Service where he undertook a multitude of different roles over a seven year period.

Dan expressed the importance of networking, recounting how a previous connection led him to his current role at HSBC. Over the course of his nine years at the bank, having worked in multiple teams Dan now leads a dedicated team of 15 professionals.

Dan outlined key skills essential for success in his field, including the ability to make sound decisions, an appreciation for diverse ideas, embracing a continuous learning mindset, acting with honesty and integrity, and being curious. He emphasised the joy of learning throughout his career, highlighting the significance of listening to advice and seizing opportunities, even if they involve temporary relocations.

The engaging Careers Seminar session concluded with pupils asking questions, particularly focusing on degree apprenticeships, pathways to similar roles, and the value of transferable skills.

We know this Careers Seminar was hugely popular and it helped pupils consider the diversity of careers in financial crime investigations. A big Thank You to Dan for giving up his time to lead the Seminar and provide pupils with such insight into his role!

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