Consultant - International Asset Recovery
Jill Thomas joined Merseyside Police in the north of England in 1986, and until 1997 was
engaged in policing on a local and regional level within drugs, organized crime and armed
robbery units, after which she spent six years as an intelligence officer. She assisted in
implementing the UK National Intelligence Model intelligence-led policing process across
England and Wales and later worked as a financial investigator. She also developed and delivered
the UK national intelligence officers course to law enforcement authorities from the UK and
abroad. From 1999, she was attached to the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service in
London, now the National Crime Agency, during which time she operated as a UK international
intelligence officer in several EU jurisdictions and in Japan.
From 2003, she was employed as a Specialist for the Financial Crimes Unit within Europol’s
Operations Department. She created the Europol Criminal Asset Bureau, assisting investigation
teams in Europe to trace criminal assets across the world. She also managed the Permanent
Secretariat for the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN) through its
development and launch phases in 2003/2004 and for the following 10 years, until August 2014.
She has been instrumental in the establishment of other regional asset recovery networks
(ARINs) in West, Southern and Central Asia, The Caribbean, Southern and Western Africa and
Since leaving Europol Jill has been engaged as an independent consultant, advising on
international judicial cooperation in the Caribbean, West and Central Asia, the Western Balkans,
Southern Africa and the Middle East. She has a well-established global reputation as an expert in
the field of criminal asset recovery, including domestic and international asset tracing, non-
conviction based confiscation and asset management.
Jill has an MSc in International Criminal Justice. Her thesis “The Introduction and
Implementation of Non-Conviction Based Confiscation in the European Union: A Comparative
Analysis” was awarded a distinction. She is married, has one son and lives in Germany.