Lee Byrne

Managing Director, Great Chatwell Academy of Learning


Lee Byrne is a highly respected financial crime prevention professional, with more than 30 years international operational and management experience. Lee is MD of GCAL and specialises in the design, development and delivery of systems and controls, and training programmes to manage and mitigate financial crime risks, including money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and corruption and terrorist financing risks.

Currently retained as a Board Advisory Member and Senior International AML Advisor for RegTech and blockchain technology solution provider Coinfirm; learning design and delivery consultant to several international regulated sector firms; and providing advice to senior leadership of banks and blockchain providers.

Occasional public speaker and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire providing help and guidance to under-graduate students on international financial crime developments.

He has worked in many of the major financial markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, India, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Europe and the Middle East, giving him extensive knowledge of international best practices.

Formerly the Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance and Anti-money Laundering and Countering Terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) studies, also selected as the ‘Master-trainer’ by a tier one bank for the global deployment of financial crime compliance training and formerly authorised as the MLRO and Head of Compliance for a UK authorised bank

Member of the Institute of Directors, qualified at both ICA (AML Diploma with Distinction) and ACAMS certified, and most recently completed the CIFS Certificate in International Trade and Finance and the Certificate in Terrorism Studies with St. Andrews University.