SmartSearch appoints new VP of professional services sales

SmartSearch, the provider of the UK’s leading digital compliance solution for anti-money laundering (AML) has promoted Tom Dockerty to the position of vice president of professional services sales.

Tom is a key part of the SmartSearch sales team, having joined as one of the company’s first sales executives almost 11 years ago. Since then, Tom has successfully climbed the ranks, becoming sales manager and then head of professional services sales in June 2021.

His promotion to vice president follows the continued success of the department and the wider business. SmartSearch’s digital AML solution now provides electronic verification, robust sanction screening and real-time monitoring to more than 5,500 clients and 50,000 users across the UK, Europe and United States. This includes one in three of the UK’s top 200 law firms, 30 per cent of top 100 accountancy firms and more than 1,000 property firms.

The new role will see Tom taking strategic ownership of the department, as well as leading in-depth reviews and coaching to support and progress his team. Tom leads a group of five direct salespeople, all of whom have tenures spanning three to eight years with the company.

In addition to supporting the compliance needs of SmartSearch’s core markets, Tom will be working closely with Zowie Lees-Howell, the new VP of enterprise sales to continue SmartSearch’s expansion into banking, crypto, gaming, utilities and wider financial services.

Speaking on his promotion, Tom Dockerty said: “For almost 11 years, I’ve been proud to play my part in the growth of the business, helping to establish SmartSearch as a market leader for digital compliance. I’m thrilled to be continuing my journey with SmartSearch, taking on a more strategic role to help drive this talented department and fantastic company forward.

“While the company has grown and advanced massively over the past decade, the ambition, ethos and vision remains absolutely the same; to deliver a quality digital solution that helps firms stay compliant and mitigate the risk of money laundering and financial crime. Whether it’s a ‘one-man-band’ or a company with thousands of employees, that risk is very real – especially in the current climate.

“With the capabilities of our platform and the wealth of knowledge and experience within our team, SmartSearch is best placed to meet the needs of organisations of all sizes. I look forward to working with firms across all sectors on their digital compliance journey.”

Martin Cheek, managing director of SmartSearch added: “Tom is a tremendous example of the talent and expertise available at SmartSearch, as well as the longevity found across our team. We are firm believers in providing opportunities for our team to develop and reach their full potential, creating opportunities to advance from entry-level positions to senior roles just like this one.

“This is great news for our customers, ensuring their compliance needs are safeguarded by our award-winning platform and the experience of our team. We wish Tom well in this exciting new role.”