About Us

Initialism brings unparalleled expert knowledge, experience, and real world perspectives to the area of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) compliance.

Our experience, knowledge and suite of fast, easy and cost-effective AML solutions have been developed as a result of many years of working across all aspects of the AML/CFT industry.


Our experience includes domestic and international money laundering law enforcement investigations, developing and implementing national AML/CFT regulation and regulatory supervision techniques, developing pragmatic responses and achieving industry-wide consensus on solutions for AML/CFT compliance and financial crime risk management.

Meet our executive team

Initialism’s AML consultants have unique backgrounds in financial crime risk management spanning the last 30 years, covering all market segments, with a proven track record in delivering compliant, proportionate and business sensitive AML compliance solutions.

NEIL JEANS, Principal

Neil has a unique background in financial crime risk management, spanning 25 years. This includes working within Law Enforcement agencies investigating financial crime, including domestic and international fraud and money laundering, and also as a Financial Services Regulator, developing AML regulation and supervision techniques.

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Neil has also worked at senior levels managing AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery compliance across Europe, the US, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand within three major European financial services companies and one of the major Australian banks.

Neil has extensive experience in designing and implementing policy and controls to address AML/CFT and TFS compliance and since August 2012 has working as an independent consultant advising financial institutions in Australia and New Zealand as well as globally on AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery matters.

In addition, Neil is member of the faculty and lectures as part of the International Compliance Association (ICA) Diploma of Applied Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Management, is a founding member of the SWIFT Sanction Advisory Group, and has regularly attended the Private Sector Expert forum of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

He was founding Joint-Chair of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Australasian Chapter, and has been a member of the UK Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) Board.

Since August 2011 Neil has been working as an consultant advising organisations in Australia and New Zealand as well as globally on AML/CFT, and TFS matters, including a major global provider in financial crime risk management solutions, developing innovative solutions to address global challenges in the area of customer due diligence.

JOHN WATERS, Principal

John has worked in financial services for over 40 years, working in senior operational roles and AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery compliance roles for two major Australian financial institutions with significant businesses in New Zealand.

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John’s AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery experience spans Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, and Asia holding senior compliance and assurance roles for one of the major Australian banks.

Heading up global sanctions compliance for a major financial institution in Australia and New Zealand, John developed sanction compliance controls and governance processes across multiple businesses and jurisdictions.

Whilst Senior Manager of AML/CFT Assurance at a major Australian Bank, John developed and implemented AML/CFT and TFS oversight and review methodologies and processes to provide assurance to the banks senior management and board risk committee.

John is also the chairman of a community bank offering the full range of financial products and services to retail customers in Victoria.

John holds the International Compliance Association (ICA) Diploma of Applied Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Management, and since May 2013 has been working as an independent consultant advising financial institutions in Australia and New Zealand on AML/CFT, and Sanctions matters.

NEIL JENSEN, Executive Consultant

Neil has an extensive AML/CFT knowledge, history and expertise, and an unparalleled record of achievement and innovation in the AML/CFT field, with over 25 years’ executive management, operational and consulting experience in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) field globally.

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From 1989 to 2009, Neil was involved in the development and executive management of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) – Australia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and AML/CFT supervisor. An organisation globally acknowledged as a leader and contributor in the AML/CFT field. In 1995, Neil was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal for his contribution to Australia’s AML program.

As AUSTRAC’s Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2009, Neil led AUSTRAC through a period of significant change as Australia’s new anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing supervisor, while ensuring continuity of its world-renowned work as Australia’s FIU.

Globally, Neil is recognised as a leader in this field contributing significantly to the development and coordination of FIUs globally. He was an initiating member of the global Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, Chair of the Egmont Committee from 2008 to 2009, Vice Chair from 2002 to 2008 and Head of Egmont’s Training Working Group from 2005 to 2009.

Neil was also an Australian delegate for more than 15 years to the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, and was the Australian head of delegation to the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering for more than 10 years.

Over the past 7 years, Neil has established a successful consulting business with work particularly throughout the Asia and Pacific regions and in Australia, including projects with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

This work has taken him to more than 50 countries around the world advising, mentoring and training government and private sector organisations on AML/CFT standards and their implementation in those countries.

From 2014, Neil has also assisted the governments of a number of South Pacific and Asian nations in producing their ML/FT National Risk Assessments.

NICK GRIFFITH, Head of Business Development

Nick has more than 20 years-experience in business development for AML/CFT Compliance Solutions industry in Asia Pacific, including as the Asia Pacific founder for World-Check.

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Nick has previously held the position of Regional Sales Director, North Asia with Thomson Financial where his work centred on providing compliance solutions for the major financial institutions across the region.

Nick was the Asia Pacific founder for World-Check, a globally recognised and market leading AML/CFT and Sanctions compliance solution which today is part of Thomson Reuters and used by the 50 largest banks in the world as well as several thousand other entities around the world.

Nick brings to Initialism a highly customer-centric approach in delivering the right solution to address specific customer needs, whether you are currently regulated or becoming regulated for the first time.