2024 Judges

Pammi Babbra

Pammi is a commercial litigation solicitor who has practised in the City of London for 20 years. She heads her firm’s multidisciplinary litigation department, which has a strong focus on commercial fraud and regulation. She has been involved with the work of the Fraud Fora for over 8 years and has actively contributed, together with the public and private sectors, to the fight against fraud and economic crime. Against this background, Pammi was keen to recreate in the eastern region a forum for members of all sectors to share experiences, opinions, best practices, information, discussion and cooperation, and so spearheaded the re-establishment of the Eastern Fraud Forum.

Pammi has perused and defended a wide range of complex contract disputes, high-value breaches, liabilities in the supply chain and related Part 20 claims, origins of art, intellectual property, apportioning liability in cross-border matters, including transportation and distribution, import/export regulation and matters involving the Export Control Joint Unit, European and international conventions, Border Force and confiscation. She also works on domestic and cross-border arbitrations and has been involved in investigations of fallen hedge funds and advising on other regulatory matters, including the Phone-paid services authority and banking matters.

A number of these cases have involved allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentation, conspiracy, misconduct, deceit and misappropriation requiring injunctive relief, domestic and worldwide freezing injunctions, enforcement in tax efficient jurisdictions and committal proceedings.

Robert Brooker

Robert Brooker

Robert has over 20 years’ experience of tackling and preventing financial crime across the public, and private sectors, including considerable experience of Fraud Risk Management, as well as leading Investigation teams. Robert has worked within Local Authorities, Transport for London (TfL) and Advisory Firms.

He is currently Head of Forensics and Fraud at PKF Littlejohn LLP. Additionally, Robert is Chairman of the London Fraud Forum, a member only group, working to bring the Public and Private Sectors together, to prevent and detect Fraud, Bribery and Corruption.

Professor Mark Button

Professor Mark Button

Professor Mark Button is founder and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. Mark has written extensively on counter fraud, cyber-fraud and private policing issues, publishing many articles, chapters and completing eight books. His latest book (co-authored with Dr Cassandra Cross ) is titled Cyber Frauds, Scams and their Victims has just been published by Routledge.

Some of the most significant research projects include leading the research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority and ACPO on fraud victims; the Department for International Development on fraud measurement, Acromas (AA and Saga) on ‘Cash-for-Crash fraudsters’, the Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds and PKF on ‘Sanctioning Fraudsters’, and the Government’s Annual Cyber Breaches Survey. Mark is also working with Dr Victoria Wang on a major EPSRC funded project on open data and on the Government’s annual Cyber-breaches survey with IPSOS-Mori.

Mark has also acted as a consultant for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on developing international standards for Civilian Private Security Services and the United Nations Development Programme/European Union on enhancing civilian oversight of the Turkish private security industry. Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, his Masters at the University of Warwick and his Doctorate at the London School of Economics.

Rebecca Chapman

Superintendent at South Yorkshire Police with over 29 yrs experience in patrol, criminal investigation/justice, intelligence, covert policing, tactical command of firearms, critical incidents and CBRN with extensive experience of leading projects and change management. I am currently seconded to a collaboration at the Region called the North East Business Resilience Centre reporting into the National Cyber network. I created this centre from start up to where it is now with a stable cash flow and 1460 members in less than 3 years.

As CEO/Director of the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) I am seeking to establish connections between law enforcement, academia and business in order to provide cyber crime and online fraud prevention advice to small and medium enterprises. Passionate about public service, collaboration, innovation and business development I want the NEBRC to be the leading place to get crime prevention advice for SME’s in the NE, Yorkshire and The Humber.

As a Trustee at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice I am part of the Board providing strategic oversight of a wonderful charity who provides daycare, therapy, outreach care and residential care to children and young adults with life limiting conditions.

Mark Cheeseman

Mark Cheeseman Cabinet Office

Mark Cheeseman OBE is the Interim Chief Executive of the Public Sector Fraud Authority.

Mark heads up the Public Sector Fraud Authority, which works with UK government departments and public bodies to better understand and reduce the impact of fraud. Mark is a fraud and financial crime expert, specialising in risk assessment and measurement.

He led the development of the Government’s Counter Fraud Function and the Government Counter Fraud Profession as well as the creation of organisational standards and the use of data sharing and analytics, transforming the way that central government deals with fraud - leading to an increase of detected and prevented fraud of over 250% and £100ms in audited benefits from counter fraud activity. He also helped set up and currently acts as an advisor to the Australian government’s Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre and supported the New Zealand government in creating their Counter Fraud Centre. He led the creation of the International Public Sector Fraud Forum, a group of leading experts on fraud management who produce international guidance on leading practice.

Mark chairs and sits on a number of cross government boards and has led several reviews into fraud management. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Mark was Head of Counter Fraud and Investigations at the Legal Aid Agency, where he reformed agency’s approach to countering fraud, which led to the first prosecutions of members of the public for legal aid fraud, the first cross-agency prosecutions with other public bodies, a fundamental redesign of the fraud risk assessment model and refocusing the function to deliver a return on investment from the Counter Fraud Function that exceeded its cost. Mark was also part of the team that successfully took the Legal Aid Agency out of accounts qualification by the National Audit Office.

Andrew Churchill

Originally a Defence Analyst, Andrew first moved into the payments realm in 2001, leading HM Government’s Cybercrime Task Force, and subsequently co-ordinating work with industry on Banking and Payments security technology requirements, particularly in Identity, Authentication and broader Cyber Security. In over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher he has advised myriad Governments, Regulators, Standards bodies and every facet of industry.

He is the lead author of the British Standard in Digital Identification and Strong Customer Authentication (PAS499:2019). addressing PSD2 RTS SCA, UK member of ISO TC321 in E-Commerce Transaction Assurance, and has led industry and regulatory wargaming exercises against future threats and vulnerabilities within the payments industry, including for Open Banking. Currently he has a particular focus on the developing international legal approach to combatting economic crime, especially from the viewpoint of domestic legislative programme and its impact on the global outlook.

Internationally he has been subject matter expert on an EU Cybercrime research programme, a member of the US Federal Reserve’s Secure Payments Task Force, and an advisor to Governments on international Regulatory Alignment and standards in Secure & Trusted environments such as payments. In addition to his first degree he holds masters in Information Security (MSc, Royal Holloway), and Defence & Security Analysis (MA, Lancaster University).

David E Clark

With over forty years of corporate experience in finance and business controls including heading up an internal investigations team, since 2019 David has been the Chief Compliance and Business Ethics Officer for Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland. He leads on work to reinforce a compliance culture across all Saint-Gobain UK&I businesses, driving the corporate compliance program through strong Principles of Conduct and Action to ensure good corporate governance, regulatory compliance and business ethics. He is responsible for coordinating investigations to resolve issues reported through the confidential hotline systems, in accordance with the Whistleblowing Policy, as well as continuing to drive an effective counter fraud programme.

David has had a particular interest in fraud over the last 20 years progressing many cases through both criminal and civil courts and has been a Director of the Midlands Fraud Forum since 2009 and after a period as Chair still remains one of Vice Chairs. After the Forum initiated a joint research project with the University of Portsmouth it created an interest which he then followed with a further five years of distance learning through the University’s Centre of Counter Fraud Studies. With a strong belief in “what gets measured gets done” he contends every fraud should be reported and is proud to be associated with those in the Forums, ACFE, Fraud Advisory Panel and others in the counter fraud community, committed to tackling fraud and financial crime.

Kara Conlon

Kara Conlon

Kara Conlon is the Senior Manager of Financial Crime and MLRO for Principality Building Society, as well as a Director for Wales Fraud Forum. Kara has over 20 years’ experience working within financial crime including detection, prevention, policy writing and assessing risk.

Her current remit spans across Fraud, AML, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Facilitation of Tax Evasion and Modern Slavery.

Wales Fraud Forum is a not-for-profit company run by volunteer individuals from across both the public and private sectors. The aim of the Forum is to help prevent fraud by raising awareness through an annual conference and workshops throughout the year.

Frances Coulson

Frances Coulson is a deputy chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel – the UK charity which acts as the independent voice of the counter fraud community, committed to tackling fraud and financial crime.

Frances was until recently senior and managing partner at Moon Beever LLP which has recently merged with Wedlake Bell LLP a top 100 city law firm where she now heads the insolvency and restructuring department leading a substantial team of lawyers in contentious and non-contentious work.

Frances also chairs the R3 Fraud Group having been a former President. She is a Council member of INSOL Europe and a member of its Fraud Group and until recently was deputy chair of the Regulatory and Conduct Committee of the IPA. She was appointed this year as a none executive Director of the Insolvency Service. She is a special constable with the National Crime Agency appointed under the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and received a Director General’s Commendation in 2014.

Her work largely involves contentious insolvency, fraud and injunctive relief. She has acted in many injunctions for claimants and as a supervising solicitor for over 30 years. She is an enthusiastic lobbyist for the insolvency profession and for victims of fraud. Frances is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management and has given evidence several times to Parliamentary Committees on finance and lending, and insolvency.

Mark Courtney

In his role at Cifas, Mark is responsible for innovation across both new and existing services, as well as overseeing the execution and roll-out of innovative new products. Mark has a wealth of expertise in fraud, identity verification and identity assurance, having worked globally across multiple sectors for over 20 years in this space.

During his career, he spent 16 years at GBG, where he led the product management team for its identity verification suite, managing the launch of the industry’s first truly electronic identity verification (EIDV) service in 2004. He went on to become General Manager, running both the Identity Verification and Identity Assurance divisions. Before joining Cifas, Mark held the position of Head of Product and Engineering for TruNarrative, playing a key role in positioning the start-up organisation to gain a significant presence in the industry.

Peter Darby

Peter began his career in countering fraud in 1972, working as an investigator in what is now the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  He went on to manage regional investigation and prosecution units working with various government agencies and police forces on several successful major investigations.  At a strategic level he has developed policy and guidance for the DWP, HMPO and UK Visas & Immigration covering counter fraud and security, identity fraud investigation and fraud loss measurement

During the 1990’s he developed a keen interest in the training and development of counter fraud investigators.  He was instrumental in turning the aspirations in the Government Green Paper, “Beating Fraud is Everyone’s Business – Securing the Future” into reality. He personally designed and developed the learning programme which has become the recognised benchmark for Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) investigation training across the wider fraud community.

Since 2000 Peter has managed Peter Darby Associates.  He is an ACFS, a member of the Government Counter Fraud Profession Cross Sector Advisory Group, a member of the Counter Fraud Professional Awards Board (CFPAB) Executive Board and a Trustee of the CFPAB Charity.

Matthew Dibb

Matt is a Legal Director in the litigation team for Addleshaw Goddard, specialising in financial disputes. His practice is diverse, encompassing complex, thematic and strategic disputes for large financial institutions and corporates and wide ranging claims involving real property, professional negligence and trusts.

Matt is a specialist in fraud based litigation for financial services clients and a Board director of the Yorkshire and Humber Fraud Forum.  He has also spent time working offshore and is familiar with Jersey trusts and legal landscape.

Matt has valuable in-house experience, having been seconded to two major retail banking clients, where he led complex portfolios of cases, managing both internal stakeholders and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Tirene Doepel

Tirene Doepel

Tirene Doepel joined NAFN in 2021 from the UK Technology Channel, where she held senior positions in Marketing, Membership and Change Management. In a career spanning the Public, Private and Higher Education sectors she has been instrumental in building collaborative, sustainable partnerships, imbedding and nurturing stakeholder relationships and promoting cross-sectoral best practice.

Tirene leads on delivering cultural, operational and digital change NAFN’s ambitious business transformation programme.

Alan Doig

Alan Doig is currently Honorary Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, and a Trustee of the Counter Fraud Professional Awards Board. He has published numerous academic articles and books on corruption, financial crime and public ethics and served as a Board Member for the UK Standards Board for England.

He has undertaken anti-corruption and public ethics work for the Council of Europe, the UK DFID, OECD, Transparency International, UNDP, UNODC and the World Bank. As well as leading a number of anticorruption development projects overseas, he spent over two years as the Council of Europe’s full-time Resident Advisor in Turkey and then the resident UNODC UNCAC mentor to Thailand.

He was one of a team that recently completed a public health approach to fraud applied research project for the West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Ben Donaldson OBE

Ben is the Managing Director for Economic Crime at UK Finance. He is responsible for leading our group in our collective effort to protect society by preventing economic crime. Ben works closely with a range of partners, including our members, other sectors, government, regulators and law enforcement. Ben is very focused on delivering through collaboration, recognising that reducing the terrible harm caused by economic crime can only be achieved through teamwork.

Prior to joining UK Finance Ben spent 23 years in government service in the UK and overseas. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE for services to Defence.

Nick Downing

Nick Downing

Nick Downing is the chair of the London Fraud Forum.

He is a Director in the forensic practice at Deloitte. He joined them after working as part of the executive team at CIFAS, UK Leaders in Fraud Prevention and a distinguished 30-year career in law enforcement, reaching the senior executive position of Assistant Chief Constable, Head of Serious, Organised and Economic Crime for Kent and Essex Police. As one of the UK's most senior detectives, he was the National Policing lead for Financial Investigation and Proceeds of Crime, leading a campaign across policing to maximise the use of financial intelligence

Linda Fekri

Linda has extensive experience (25 years) of fraud management and compliance. Throughout her career she has managed fraud professionals and has a track record of delivering effective fraud solutions in both the private and public sector.  She has led and worked on transformational projects driving operational efficiencies by centralising or automating functions both in the highest levels of the banking industry as well as senior levels of local government.

Representing IAFCI as vice president of the UK/EMEA region assisting the organisation and members in the fight against financial crime and fraud. With a proven formula we are excited to be working with more partners who really want to impact the future of the payment ecosystem where technology bridges the gap between financial crime and customer needs.

Brendan Gillooly

Brendan Gillooly

Brendan has been involved in insurance claims investigation for more than 20 years, with both Insurers and Adjusting practices. He is a member of the Anti-Fraud Special Interest Group council with the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, and frequently involved in their activities, from industry conferences, to one off events.

Brendan holds Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status and in his personal time, also studies Forensic Psychology, Behavioural Evidence Analysis and Criminal Profiling.

Having previously been responsible for spearheading the inception and development of the Investigation & Counter Fraud Unit at Quadra Claims Services Ltd, he has recently taken on a new challenge as the Head of Investigation at McLarens. Brendan remains an active investigations practitioner in addition to operational duties, and has a wealth of experience in Commercial and Personal lines property claims, as well as agriculture, equine, plant & machinery, and a raft of other product types.

Bobby Gracey

Bobby Gracey

Bobby is an International Executive, with over 25 years of insurance industry experience who has designed and implemented numerous investigation and cost containment solutions in the global fight against claims fraud and financial crime.
 
A recognised thought leader in the insurance counter fraud market who has taken the global debate on claims fraud to all six continents of the world and visited over 30 countries to raise industry awareness. Regular contributor to trade press and media and has been the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters - Anti Fraud Committee for the past 12 years. Published & Award-Winning Author - "Fraud Investigations - A claims handlers guide”
 
Bobby is Group Head of Counter Fraud at Charles Taylor & Contego Investigative Services (US)

Neil Green

Neil leads the Counter Fraud and Investigation team at the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), an Executive Agency of HM Treasury. His team provides counter fraud and investigation services across more than 100 central government organisations. Neil has led several high-profile fraud investigations and leak inquiries across Government.

Neil won the TECA Outstanding Manager or Director Award in 2021 and is a Director and Vice Chair of the North West Fraud Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation with the aim of helping organisations across the public and private sectors prevent fraud through awareness and advice.

Gaon Hart

Gaon is currently a Non-Executive Director at the NHS Counter-Fraud Authority. He is also Managing Director of a boutique corporate compliance consultancy, Legal Advisory Worldwide (L.A.W.). He develops corporate compliance programmes, collaborations and partnerships to tackle, fraud, bribery & corruption, ethics, human rights due diligence, proceeds of crime and other economic crimes.

He was formerly Head of Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption Advisory & Policy for HSBC Bank and a Senior Crown Advocate at the Crown Prosecution Service, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism Division. He not only holds adversarial rights in all criminal courts, but was lead prosecutor in Public Corruption, Prosecution Team Leader for the Fraud Prosecution Service and worked with two Attorney Generals to obtain cross-party support for the current counter-fraud institutions and architecture during the Fraud Review.

Andrew Herring

Andrew is the current Chair of the Midlands Fraud Forum and a litigation Partner in the international and award-winning law firm, Pinsent Masons LLP.  Andrew is also a member of the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fraud Board and the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, as well as a regular contributor to the Fraud Advisory Panel’s counter-fraud campaigns.  He is passionate about tackling the scourge of fraud in the UK. The focus of Andrew’s practice is high value, complex, multi-party disputes, investigations and injunctions.  He is listed as a ‘notable practitioner’ in Chambers & Partners and has acted for clients on a wide variety of claims at all levels of the High Court including the Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court. He is part of Pinsent Masons’ Band 1 ranked civil fraud and asset recovery team (Legal500).

Andrew advises victims of commercial fraud in both the private and public sectors to implement effective legal strategies to recover losses caused by fraud, including cases involving theft of confidential information. In addition to commercial litigation, Andrew leads multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers and other advisers throughout the whole lifecycle of a fraud response from discovery to enforcement. This includes working with local lawyers in diverse locations including offshore jurisdictions. He has a particular interest in using cutting-edge electronic disclosure and IT forensics to assist the investigation, case analysis and project management of complex high-value disputes.  Recent highlights of Andrew’s practice include successfully obtaining a landmark Norwich Pharmacal Order for Kensington & Chelsea Council against Airbnb to obtain targeted disclosure of its hosting data to investigate tenancy fraud in the first case of its kind.

Dr Stephen Hill

Dr Stephen Hill is the managing director of Hill Bingham Ltd. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and expert trainer with over 25 years’ experience providing services to the private and public sector in fraud (cyber) risk management, data security/protection and internet investigations & open-source intelligence.

He is also a director of Fraud Training Ltd an ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) ‘Authorised Training Organisation’ and the exclusive provider of the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam Review Course for the United Kingdom training counter fraud professionals to the highest level in the field of fraud deterrence, detection and prevention.

Stephen spent over 11 years working for a top international firm of chartered accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector.

Dr. Branislav Hock

Associate Professor in Economic Crime & Compliance, University of Portsmouth

Branislav is a passionate interdisciplinary researcher who thrives in both an academic environment and practice contributing to the knowledge that exists in the area of economic crime and compliance. With a rapidly developing international reputation for excellence in policy-oriented research, Dr Hock has played advisory roles both nationally (Home Office, Synectic Solutions, Crowe) and internationally (EU Commission, European Court of Auditors, OECD).

Branislav has established an annual Winter Economic Crime Symposium and is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Criminology.

Claire Jenkins

Claire is Chair of of ALEFA – the Association of Law Enforcement Forensic Accountants.   She is a qualified ACCA accountant and holds a MSc in Forensic Accounting, with her dissertation focussing on the subject of external fraud actors.

She is a triple award winner at the Tackling Economic Crime Awards, winning the Outstanding Female Professional award in 2019 and 2020 and the Outstanding Tackling Economic Crime Professional award in 2021.   She has been featured in ACCA’s Accounting and Business magazine twice and regularly speaks at counter fraud events providing insight on how critically assessing accounts can help fraud fighters and investigators alike.

She works as a Forensic Accountant at Companies House within the  Integrity and Enforcement Unit.

Diana Johnson

Diana is a Solicitor and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her research is on financial crime and competition law, with a particular focus on corporate criminal liability, deferred prosecution agreements, fraud and money laundering.

Diana has written several publications on these topics and has submitted evidence to policy makers and influential organisations including the Law Commission, FCA and the Treasury.

Diana is a Board Member for the South West Fraud Forum and has experience of contributing to an Innovate UK funded project, which examines the submission of suspicious activity reports to the National Crime Agency for the regulated sectors.

Allan Maund

Allan has worked in anti-financial crime for 28 years and has worked across multiple sectors and countries. Allan is the financial crime lead at a large Social Housing provider and has responsibility for financial crime, ethics, and modern slavery.

Allan has been a board member and board secretary for the UK Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since 2015.

Marc McAuley

With 28 years of working in and leading counter fraud and anti-corruption services, Marc has been instrumental in promoting, developing, and delivering counter fraud and anti-corruption strategies to strengthen organisational efforts to protect from fraud, bribery and corruption.

He is recognised as a leading expert in his field, working with various advisory boards and working groups to develop industry standards, advise on policy and legislation, develop counter fraud frameworks and strategies, and strengthen counter fraud capability through professionalism, including: The International Fraud Group (IFG) Strategic Advisory Board and The Government's Counter Fraud Cross Sector Advisory Group (CSAG).

He has also previously been involved in: the Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Board (FFCL), the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies (CCAB) Economic Crime Panel and the Local Government Association (LGA) Cyber Security Stakeholder Group.

Marc has delivered counter fraud, bribery, anti-corruption, and risk management training globally and is proud to be a judge for the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECA's) which recognises achievements in tackling economic crime.

Bill McCluggage

Bill McCluggage

Bill is the chair and a director of the Northern Ireland Fraud Forum.  He is a specialist in IT-enabled business change, digital transformation, cyber security and counter-fraud.

Following a career as an engineering officer in the RAF, he joined Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast as IT director, he has held senior civil service positions in Norther Ireland, the Cabinet Office and the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform in Dublin.

He runs his own consulting business working in both the public and private sectors. He is Non-executive Director (Digital) on the Board of FCDO Services, a member of the Governing Body of the Northern Regional College where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee, a director of an Australian cyber security company, a director of Triangle Housing Association where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and he is a CIO/CISO advisor for a large American software company.

From 2016-2019  he was Head of Information Security, Assurance and Counter-fraud at the UK’s Open Banking Implementation Entity.

Temporary Commissioner Pete O'Doherty

Prior to joining the City of London Police (CoLP) in January 2022 as Assistant Commissioner, Pete was Assistant Chief Constable at Thames Valley Police (TVP) where he was the South East Regional Lead for Counter Terrorism, and Serious and Organised Crime.  Pete had performed this role since July 2019 after graduating from the Strategic Command Course in March 2019.  In this role, Pete worked to the Chief Officer Management Boards across Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Pete started his career with the CoLP where he spent a number of years at different ranks as a detective working across volume, major and specialist crime.  Pete went on to specialise in cyber and economic crime, and was, later in his service, seconded into the Metropolitan Police Service as the Head of Uniformed Operations at the London Borough of Newham.

In 2017, Pete returned to the CoLP as Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime and Counter Terrorism, and then went on to lead the CoLP’s Economic Crime Directorate that acts as the National Lead Force for fraud on behalf of UK policing.  Throughout his career Pete has worked extensively across government and across sectors to significantly improve the local, regional and national response to cyber and economic crime.  In 2018, Pete won the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s prestigious ‘40 under 40’ award for his work in this field.

Pete is also an experienced Gold Public Order Commander and Strategic Firearms Commander with multi-force experience, previously a Hostage and Crises Negotiator, and currently the national policing lead for Special Branch reform, Intellectual Property Crime, and Controlled Drugs Liaison Officers.

In October 2023, Pete took on the role of Temporary Commissioner of the City of London Police and is now the National Police Lead for Cyber and Economic Crime.

Jon Radford

Jon became Head of Intelligence, Investigations & Data Services for the Insurance Fraud Bureau in January 2023 and is responsible for the day to day running of the IFB’s teams across all departments executing delivery of services to all of its members and the wider insurance industry.

Prior to his role at the IFB, Jon joined QBE in 2007 and in 2012 joined the then newly created SIU team where he was responsible for handling complex fraudulent claims and implementing new fraud strategies to the UK Property, Casualty and Motor divisions. Jon handled QBE’s very first custodial sentence claim via IFED and ran QBE’s first tort of deceit and exemplary damages court action against an organised crime group. In 2016, Jon seconded to QBE’s Australian Operation in Sydney to set up their claim’s fraud team and future fraud strategy which led to the beginnings of a more joined up global fraud strategy. Jon became Head of Claims Fraud for QBE European Operations in 2017 and was responsible for fraud strategy management for all lines of business across all of QBE’s European and Asian territories.

Jon who has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance fraud environment began his career at Equity Redstar in 1999.  Jon has amassed a wealth of industry knowledge across all classes of business from many different global territories as well as and representing different organisations on various industry committees delivering work that has helped support and benefit the whole insurance industry.

Adrian Searle

Adrian Searle

Adrian Searle joined the National Crime Agency as Director, National Economic Crime Centre in March 2022. Adrian is a senior security and intelligence professional, with both government and private sector experience. He has worked in a range of operational and policy roles, and led the cross-government response to significant cyber incidents, as a Deputy Director in the National Cyber Security Centre. He joined the Agency from NatWest where he was Group Head of Data and Security Risk. His current responsibilities include leading the multi-agency National Economic Crime Centre which has a strategic system leadership role for economic crime and illicit finance.

Toni Sless

Toni is a Senior Fraud Risk Management Consultant with extensive experience in providing strategic and advisory services to multiple international organisations across various sectors, including financial services.  Toni’s extensive career has equipped her with a well-developed and comprehensive understanding of fraud risk management, cyber fraud, insider threats, incident management, project and programme management, as well as contract governance and implementation.

Toni has successfully led on and implemented business wide fraud risk management controls, policy governance frameworks, fraud risk strategies, target operating models and operational roadmaps for FinTechs, Challenger Banks, UK and International Banks as well as a global insurance company. Toni excels at instilling passion and enthusiasm, building strong stakeholder relationships and engagement at all levels.

Toni is also the founder and Chairwoman of the Fraud Women’s Network, which was established in 2007.  She also sits on the Editorial Board of the Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal providing guidance and oversight to the Cabinet Office’s Centre of Expertise for Counter Fraud.  In her spare time, Toni mentors many women in various disciplines including cyber security and fraud prevention and continues to drive the Fraud Women’s Network to support, guide and nurture women working in the arena. Toni also works with her local community promoting local interests, improving housing conditions, amenities, security and the environment.

Neil Smith

Combining more than 30 years industry experience in payments with my own company HDX Global - a consultancy firm specialising in Payments, Strategy, Fraud & Risk. We drive partners, customers and clients for businesses by implementing effective strategy in the payments sector. At the same time sharing a wealth of knowledge in fraud, risk and cyber security to also protect companies whilst driving their business models.
Representing IAFCI as president of the UK/EMEA region assisting the organisation and members in the fight against financial crimes and fraud. With a proven formula we are excited to be working with more partners who really want to impact the future where technology meets the financial & merchant services.

Phoebe Waters

Phoebe Waters

Phoebe is a fiery and driven Consultant with a portfolio career, specialising in female leadership. She is a Director and co-owner of Optimising Potential, a consulting, coaching and training company - along with her mum who was a co-founder of ChildLine.
Two-time winner of Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 (and now an Awards Judge), she is an Assessor at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Sustainability Leadership (a course called 'Women Leading Change: Shaping Our Future'), and a Visiting Lecturer elsewhere on the foundations of gender equality.
Her professional background is as a corporate investigator, specialising in asset recovery and enforcement. As part of being deeply embedded in this industry, she was the Chair of the Board of a non-for-profit organisation for two years (the Female Fraud Forum), serving on the committee for four years in total, through which she spearheaded the support and encouragement for the advancement of women. She is also a Judge and Advisory Board Member of the Women and Diversity in Law Awards, and a United Nations delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67 and CSW68).
Phoebe is a Mentor at One Million Mentors, a non-for-profit focused on transforming society by connecting young people with opportunities. She is also Co-Founder of London’s ‘The Female City Supper Club’.

Josie Welland

Josie Welland is a Senior Associate in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team at the international law firm, CMS, specialising in cybercrime and digital fraud enforcement.

Josie helps clients investigate and enforce a wide variety of cybercrime, fraud and other digital threats to clients and their customers, including brand impersonation, phishing, tech support fraud, and business email compromise. She is particularly experienced in representing VLOP’s and other large tech companies in investigations, and criminal and civil-fraud litigation.

Outside of work, Josie is the Chair of the Female Fraud Forum. A non-profit organisation which aims to support and encourage the advancement of women working in the fraud sector.

Michael Wong

Michael is a Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Fraud Forum, supporting the sharing of best practice amongst counter-fraud professionals to increase awareness and, ultimately, reduce levels of fraud and financial crime across the region.

He qualified as an accountant with the Audit Commission where he initially developed an interest in the counter-fraud profession through reviews of organisations’ responses to initiatives such as NFI data matching exercises and Local Counter Fraud Specialist activities. He is currently a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Forensic practice, a role which has led to his involvement in a range of fraud, anti-bribery & corruption and accounting investigations, across both the public and private sectors and multiple jurisdictions. Michael is also an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and he provides proactive support to organisations to help them develop effective Fraud Risk Management governance frameworks.

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