Director of Payments and Digital Assets
About Matthew Long
Matthew’s current role is as the Director of the National Economic Crime Command within the National Crime Agency (NCA). His responsibilities include leading the multi-agency National Economic Crime Centre which has a strategic system leadership role for economic crime and illicit finance. He also led the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) which has national responsibility for receiving, analysing and disseminating financial intelligence submitted through the Suspicious Activity Reports Regime. Operationally he is a multi-agency Gold Commander and an accredited Strategic Investigation Advisor with the College of Policing. Matthew is passionate about mentoring and is a NSC Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Mentor, and has been part of the team setting up a new mentoring scheme in the NCA.
His previous role was leading the response to Organised Immigration Crime, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Drugs, Firearms and Borders.
His career began as a detective in Kent Police where he qualified as Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) having led over 400 investigations, including a number of high profile child abuse operations. He received national and international awards for his investigations and innovation.
Matthew holds a PhD in Risk Management and has been part of a team creating worldwide child abuse risk assessments. In his academic life he is currently working on applying child abuse risk models to terrorism.