Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2023 – Finalists announced!

The scores are in, the judging is complete, and we are delighted to announce the finalists of the 2023 Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs).

This year’s competition has seen some of the highest quality submissions to date, and it is clear there is lots of fantastic work taking place to combat all areas of economic crime.

Finalists will now go forward to the next phase of the competition and winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner to take place at the Novotel London West on Wednesday, 1st November 2023.

We are delighted to announce the 2023 finalists are:

Outstanding Manager or Director
Nick Bell – Detective Superintendent and CEO, National Cyber Resilience Centre
David Capezza – VISA
Mark Courtney – Cifas
Natalie Kelly – VISA
Claire Maillet – Ziglu & University of Portsmouth
Professor Dr Umut Turksen – Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University

Outstanding Team
Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Lead Force Operations Room Team – City of London Police
Victim Contact Unit – City of London Police
Counter Fraud and Investigation Team – Government Internal Audit Agency
Caroline Plakhtienko, Nicola Godfrey-Shaw & Tammerra Blest – Essex Police
Digital Forensics Strategy Team – HMRC
Fraud Investigation Service – Economic Crime (Operations), HMRC
Economic Crime Unit – Humberside Police
Office of Internal Audit and Investigation Team – International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Multi Agency Fraud Targeting Insight Centre (MAFTIC)
National Trading Standards eCrime Team
Economic Crime Unit – West Yorkshire Police

Outstanding Training Initiative
Cifas Fraud and Cyber Academy
Economic & Cyber Crime Academy (ECCA) – City of London Police
Digital Hybrid Immersive Learning – Organised Labour Fraud, HMRC Fraud Investigation Service
Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service (IRIS) – Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Branch Follow-Off #Banksafe – Metropolitan Police Service , UK Finance and DCPCU
NAFN Academy – NAFN Data and Intelligence Services

Outstanding New Product, Software or Technology
Vision – Cifas
Fraud Tool Kit – David Gillies & Frances Denman, Essex Police
In-house Synthetic Data Tool – Financial Conduct Authority
FraudPoint UK – LexisNexis Risk Solutions
National Register of Revocations, Refusals and Suspensions (NR3S) – NAFN
The Fraud and Cyber Communications Toolkit – National Crime Agency and National Economic Crime Centre
WorkStation – NorthRow
Dynamic Scam Warnings’ – Santander UK
Visa RTP Prevent

Outstanding Investigator
Simon Cordell – City of London Police
Simon Gunn – Nottinghamshire Police
Giustina Kent – VISA
Dawid Ratajczak – Santander UK
Jayne Stockdale – Nottinghamshire Police

Outstanding Partnership
Emerging Cyber Threats Initiative – DCPCU and Lloyds Banking Group
Operation Kawaihae – FCA, NECC and UK-wide Police Forces
Beacon Fraud Hub – Hertfordshire Constabulary and Catch22
Moody’s Analytics Orbis and Blackdot Solutions Partnership
NCA & Partners (PPP OIC Cell)
National Economic Crime Centre – International Team: Teddy Nicholson, Alastair Smith, Eleanor Brown and UK FIU International Team: Katherine Smith, Martin Cox, Mike Jones and Denise Napper
National Hunter & NAVCIS
The National Infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership (NICRP)
National Investigation Service (NATIS), Dept. for Business and Trade (DBT) & Counter Fraud shared service (DESNZ)
Tenet and the University of Birmingham
Financial Exploitation & Abuse Team – West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service

Outstanding Public Sector/Law Enforcement Initiative
Project Raven – Amy Horrobin and Jordan Coates, Avon and Somerset Police
Operation Broadway – CoLP, CoLTS, NFIB, FCA, HMRC, Insolvency Service and Companies House
Financial Promotions and Enforcement Taskforce – Financial Conduct Authority
Operation Kawaihae – FCA, NECC and UK-wide Police Forces
Tri-Fraud Prevention model – Home Office Joint Fraud Taskforce, Ofcom, UK Finance, City of London Police, Merseyside Police
Operation Elaborate – led by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
Mandate Fraud Initiative – Andrew Masterman & Lorraine Harris, NHS Counter Fraud Authority
Vulnerable Victims Notifications – UK Finance Economic Crime Team & Sussex and Surrey Police
Operation Athena – West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service

Outstanding Private/Third Sector Initiative
Intel4AFC – Blackdot Solutions
Hertfordshire Beacon: Romance Fraud Peer Support Group – Catch-22
Cifas Youth Fraud Education and Awareness

Outstanding Young Professional
Cele Calabrese – NCA
Kirsty Clarke – RSM UK
India Ghosh – City of London Police
Alexander B Hansen – National Hunter
Robert (Rob) Jones – Financial Conduct Authority (on secondment to the NECC)
Dimitrios Kafteranis – Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University and European Whistleblowing Institute
Claire Maillet – Ziglu & University of Portsmouth

Outstanding Female Economic Crime Professional
Laura Bradford – Lloyds Banking Group
Tracey Carpenter – Cifas
Tracey Carr – Santander
Dr Elisabeth Carter – Kingston University
Detective Inspector Shifa Chowdhury Jones – North West Regional Crime Unit
Laura Eshelby – Cabinet Office
Joanne Hornsey – HMRC
Claire Maillet – Ziglu & University of Portsmouth
Detective Inspector Nichola Meghji – City of London Police
Hannah Turner – Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service

Outstanding Individual Contribution to Tackling Economic Crime – sponsored by Experian
Dr Elisabeth Carter – Kingston University
David Gillies – Essex Police
Claire Maillet – Ziglu & University of Portsmouth
Kevin S – NECC

Outstanding Overseas Initiative
Andrew Tennant – GentiumUK
Matt Vega – Novo

Lifetime Achievement
To be announced on the day

The 2023 TECAs are sponsored by Altia and Ian Dyson QPM DL, recently retired Commissioner of the City of London Police, will be hosting the awards.

Well done to everyone who made it to the finalists list!

Book your tickets here.

TECAs Thought Leadership Summit

The first-ever TECAs Thought Leadership Summit, organised in association with the UK Fraud Forum is taking place on the afternoon of the awards ceremony. The programme will directly address current issues faced by those tackling economic crime and promises to be lively and thought provoking – providing an engaging platform to address and challenge many issues. The event will create networking opportunities and an environment that promotes the sharing of best practice amongst attendees and encourages debate and participation with speakers. More information can be found here.

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