Gavin Peniston-Bird

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Gavin Peniston-Bird

Head of the FIU, Western Union

Gavin Peniston-Bird is currently the Head of the FIU Law Enforcement Outreach and Investigations for Ireland and the Nordic region based in the Dublin, Ireland. Gavin works closely with Law enforcement agencies in his region, enabling him to assist on their Investigations focusing on Counter Terrorism, Narcotics, Human Trafficking/Smuggling ,Serious and organized crime. Since joining Western Union in 2013 , Gavin rolled out the Global fraud risk program for the European region and then took up his current role within the Financial Intelligence Unit in 2017.

Prior to joining Western Union, Gavin had a successful 30year career within the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard as a Supervising Detective. Working on numerous specialist covert units targeting Serious and organized gangs involved in criminality nationally and internationally.