Owning your career with Courtney Redd

Courtney Redd, from the FBI crime scene fibre samples and Forensics team, sat down with us to tell us more about the forensics industry and how she's created a career for herself at EY.

The Forensic & Integrity Services (Forensics) team provides both proactive and reactive services with a forensic mind-set. This includes conducting a broad range of investigations around fraud, money laundering, and bribery and corruption, as well as reviews of financial crime control frameworks to assist clients with ongoing compliance. Courtney is one of the many faces behind Forensics, having moved from the EY Austin, Texas office as a senior, to the  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Forensic Accountant in Phoenix, Arizona, and then to the Terrorist Financing Operations Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. before coming back to EY to join the Forensics team. During her time with the FBI, she mostly worked on corporate fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing cases and was responsible for “following the money”. She tells us a bit about her experiences, interests and advice.


What have been your career highlights?

I attended Forensic Accounting training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and I was fortunate enough to return for Evidence Response Team (ERT, aka crime scene) training where I learned how to lift fingerprints, collect blood and fibre samples and gather other types of evidence. I loved being an accountant by day and processing crime scenes by night (not much of an exaggeration – most callouts were in the middle of the night!).


Tell us about your new team and what you do.

I have found it exciting to be one of the original Forensics team members to move across from UK&I to FSO. We have been more involved with the account teams and other service lines, and everyone in FSO has been welcoming and supportive of what we can bring to clients. As a new team, we have had several great events and socials.

I think it is the collective positive attitude and ambition of EY teams that shows how much we enjoy what we do and will help us to be a success.


Tell us about something exciting you are working on now

I am currently working on an offering that will help clients to map financial crime regulations to their internal controls. Recently, I completed an engagement with a bank in the Nordics to conduct a group-wide financial crime risk assessment that included identifying risks and controls in the areas of anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, sanctions, bribery and corruption, and the facilitation of tax evasion.


Do you have any career advice for our readers?

I would encourage readers to say “yes” and to chase opportunities even if they sound difficult or scary. My best experiences that have enhanced my career the most have come out of decisions to go for it, even if I knew the journey might not be easy.