About APG

Dr Gordon Hook, Executive Secretary

Dr Gordon Hook, Executive Secretary

The APG Executive Secretary is Dr Gordon Hook. Gordon Hook was a partner in a law firm in Winnipeg, Canada in the 1980s and 1990s practicing criminal and civil litigation. He also served in the Canadian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy in senior legal officer positions including acting as counsel in the military courts-martial systems of both countries. He served a five-month tour in the Persian Gulf in 2003 as New Zealand task force legal officer to a multi-national force of naval ships. Later, he led the Criminal and International Law team at New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice which included policy work in AML/CFT, criminal procedure policy and international criminal law. He was appointed to his current position in the APG in 2006.

Gordon Hook is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Manitoba Queen's Bench (Canada) and the High Court of New Zealand. He has a LLB from Dalhousie University in Canada and a PhD (Law) from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  He has published and edited a number of articles on AML/CFT and other legal topics in books, law journals and magazines including the book co-authored and edited entitled, Corporate and Trust Structures: Legal and Illegal Dimensions (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publications, 2018); and most recently Terrorist Financing: Global Policy Challenges and Initiatives in 2020 in 'Counter-Terrorism Yearbook 2021,' (Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, March 2021).

Role and Responsibilities of the Secretariat

The Secretariat's general responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the governance framework of the APG, including Co-Chairs and Governance Committee;
  • Providing secretariat services to and serving as a focal point for the APG;
  • Coordinating and leading AML/CFT mutual evaluations of APG members;
  • Implementing the APG's technical assistance and training strategy including the effective coordination of those services with donors and providers;
  • Providing expertise and research on money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing in relation to weapons of mass destruction as well as other emerging issues to members and interested persons and organisations;
  • Organising and conducting the APG's annual meeting and other inter-sessional meetings, inlcuding committee meetings and project working groups;
  • Organising the Annual Typologies Workshop for law enforcement and finance sector specialists to analyse and share information on methods, trends and case studies, and to conduct projects on emerging typologies;
  • Reporting to APG members at Annual Meetings and Committees;
  • Contributing to global AML/CFT policy-making including attendance at FATF meetings;
  • Participating in the FATF's Joint Regional Review Groups on International Cooperation;
  • Providing advice and information to, and linkages between, international and regional agencies (especially financial, legal and law enforcement) on money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing matters;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with relevant international and regional organisations, including the UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, Egmont Group, OECD, APEC, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, ASEAN, the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors and other similar bodies to advance the APG's strategic goals;
  • Providing information and education to private sector agencies, including Universities and other tertiary education institutions, in relation to the global AML/CFT standards under the APG's private sector outreach programme.

In discharging these responsibilities, the Secretariat supports over 400 official delegates from its 41 member jurisdictions and 36 observers jurisdictions and international organisations.

Secretariat Staff

The APG Secretariat consists of 22 permanent staff members organised as follows:

Governance 

  • Executive Secretary
  • Deputy Executive Secretary
  • Executive Officer, Governance

Mutual Evaluations

  • Director, Mutual Evaluations (Coordination & Support)
  • Director, Mutual Evaluations (Quality & Consistency)
  • Deputy Director, Mutual Evaluations 1
  • Deputy Director, Mutual Evaluations 2
  • Deputy Director, Mutual Evaluations 3

Research and Implementation

  • Director, Research and Implementation
  • Deputy Director, Research and Implementation 1
  • Deputy Director, Research and Implementation 2
  • Policy Officer, Research

Technical Assistance and Training

  • Director, Technical Assistance and Training
  • Deputy Director, Technical Assistance and Training (Asia)
  • Policy Officer, Technical Assistance and Training (Asia)
  • Deputy Director, Technical Assistance (Pacific)
  • Policy Officer, Technical Assistance (Pacific)
  • Policy Support Officer, Technical Assistance (Pacific)

 Administrative Support

  • Deputy Director, Corporate and Policy Support
  • Policy Officer, Corporate Support
  • Policy Officer, Finance
  • Administrative Officer

 New Zealand Funded Pacific Technical Assistance Cell

The Secretariat has a dedicated cell within the Technical Assistance programme, responsible for delivering technical assistance and training solely to the APG's Pacific Island members. The Pacific cell and its business programme are fully funded by the Government of New Zealand under a substantial grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for a period of five years from July 2017.

The Secretariat is hosted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on behalf of the Australian Commonwealth Government and its offices are located in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

China Funded Research Officer

The government of China provided funding to the APG in 2020 to engage a research officer in typologies and ICRG-related issues for a period of three years. 

For further information about the Secretariat or to enquire about careers with the APG please contact the offices using the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of the page.