London Governance & Compliance Academy

Andrew McDonald

Andy is a widely experienced, accredited Senior Investigating Officer; having served over 30 years with the UK Metropolitan Police Service. For twenty of those years, he led specialist covert and overt operations within counter-terrorist or organised crime teams at New Scotland Yard. He retired in January 2017 as Head of Specialist Investigations and UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) at UK Counter Terrorism Command, New Scotland Yard. He had strategic and tactical oversight of all financial investigation and crime disruption investigations to identify, arrest and charge or disrupt terrorist offenders and their criminal associates. 


For over 20 years, Andy has designed and delivered bespoke training and advisory services to a range of public sector and commercial organisations in the UK and overseas. The inputs primarily focus on the arenas of Financial Crime, Crisis and Risk Management and Intelligence-led Investigations. He has developed, co-authored and delivered numerous webinars and several accredited or recognised courses. Whilst most of his work is delivered ‘in-house’ or in an online environment; he does also advise a number of UK media companies on similar matters; to facilitate better public awareness of issues.

In a previous role as Head of London Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad at New Scotland Yard, Andy was responsible for designing their current operating model to counter fraud and cyber-crime; and assisted in the implementation of the new approach.


Andy joined the MPS in 1986 following his graduation from university with a BSc in Applied Chemistry. He continued his personal and professional development with a PG Dip in 1994 in Policing from Portsmouth University and was awarded a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in November 2005 by Strathclyde University. He has been a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) since 2014.