2020 Judges

Mark Astley

Mark Astley

Mark has been with NAFN since its inception in 1997. His vision and drive for the organisation’s purpose and values saw him appointed as Head of Service in June 2014. Mark has a background in prevention and detection of fraud, fraud investigation and delivery of IT business solutions. He has been a key player in the development of innovative services and as an advocate of working collaboratively with the public and private sector, has established a wide range of data sharing initiatives supporting protection of the public purse. Mark also works closely with many central government organisations including the Home Office, Cabinet Office, Local Government Association, Department for Work and Pensions and many others to develop and deliver a range of centralised services. Based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, Mark leads a team of intelligence officers delivering services nationally to local authorities, housing associations and wider public authorities.

Graeme Biggar CBE

Graeme Biggar CBE, was appointed Director General, National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) in March 2019.

The NECC is a collaborative, multi-agency centre established to deliver a step change in the response to tackling Serious Organised Economic Crime. It has been set up to protect the public, prosperity and UK’s reputation by leaving no safe space for criminals and reducing the threat of Economic Crime.

Graeme joined the agency from the Home Office where he had been Director National Security since 2016, providing leadership on the pursue element of the counter terrorism strategy and hostile state activity. His experience includes helping shape the response to the 2017 terrorist attacks, and the Salisbury attack; and overseeing the Investigatory Powers Act implementation programme across government.

Before joining the Home Office, Graeme worked for the MoD, in a series of policy and change management positions. He was Chief of Staff to the Defence Secretary from 2013 until 2016.

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.

Mark Cheeseman

Mark Cheeseman Cabinet Office

Mark Cheeseman is the Deputy Director, Public Sector Fraud in the Cabinet Office. Mark leads, and set up, the Counter Fraud Centre of Expertise at the Cabinet Office, which leads UK government efforts to improve the ability of the public sector to deal with fraud and economic crime.

He works closely with Ministers and senior leaders to agree the government wide agenda on fraud and error loss in the public sector. Mark led the the development of several initiatives to transform the way central government deals with fraud including, the Government Counter Fraud Profession, the creation of organisational standards and the increased used of data sharing and analytics in the public sector. Mark chairs and sits on a number of cross government boards and has led several reviews into fraud management.

Mark started his career as a filing clerk in the Legal Aid Agency, at the Ministry of Justice. He later held various project management, operational and assurance management roles, including the role of Head of Counter Fraud and Investigations which he held for a number of years prior to joining the Cabinet Office.  In this role, he redeveloped the LAA’s approach to countering fraud, leading 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 securing a return on investment from the counter fraud function that exceeded its cost. Mark was part of the team that successfully took the Legal Aid Agency out of accounts qualification by the National Audit Office.

David Clarke

David Clarke

David is Chairman of the independent fraud watchdog Fraud Advisory Panel. He is a former Detective Chief Superintendent with the City of London Police where he was responsible for designing and implementing the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Lead Force for Fraud.

With his career in law enforcement spanning more than 30 years’ David has served as an officer in the UK and overseas including with the United Nations and European Union. He was also a member of the UK government’s 2006 fraud review team which undertook the first comprehensive assessment of the country’s fraud-fighting capabilities which led to a range of new initiatives designed to reduce fraud and the harm it does to the economy and society.

During the Pandemic, David chaired the FAP led COVID-19 Fraud Watch Task Force with Cabinet Office, the City Police and 70 partners across sectors to share intelligence and advice to protect the UK.

He is also a Director and Head of Integrity & Multilingual Due Diligence Services at Guildhawk, the Queens' Award Winning technology led global language company.

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton

Stephen is Head of Intelligence at the Insurance Fraud Bureau and has 20 plus years of experience developing solutions to financial crime across a variety of private sectors including credit card and insurance fraud. In 2000 he co-founded VFM Services Limited which delivered conversation management techniques to investigative interviews of those suspected of first party claims fraud. In 2010 he joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), the insurance industry’s non-profit body committed to tackling organised cross sector insurance fraud.

As Head of Intelligence, Stephen’s role is to manage the IFB's proactive and reactive intelligence and investigations services, the delivery of the insurance industry’s national fraud reporting service - the ‘Cheatline’ – and the IFB’s intelligence sharing arrangements. Stephen has also led on the development and implementation of the new industry suspect intelligence management system, the IFiHUB, launched in July 2018.

Stephen is a member of the National Roads Police Intelligence Forum, a board member for the Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Data Alliance project. Stephen regularly hosts industry forums and workshops as well as representing the IFB at numerous events.

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the SFO’s Chief Investigator and a member of its Executive Group.

He has strategic responsibility for the conduct of the investigatory phases of the SFO’s casework, is Head of Profession for Investigators, and responsible for risk, security and professional standards. Until very recently he was also responsible for the SFO’s intelligence function.

Kevin has over 35 years’ experience in criminal investigation, intelligence and crime related policy development and began his career in HM Customs & Excise. He has extensive senior leadership experience across a wide range of crime types including economic crime, money laundering and asset recovery. He has directed and superintended investigations into the most serious and sophisticated criminal offences committed by organised crime groups and corporates and directed and advised on internal corruption inquiries in a number of public sector authorities.

Before joining the SFO in 2012, he was HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) Assistant Director for Organised Crime with responsibility for revising and delivering the departments’ proceeds of crime strategy, coordinating its strategic response to organised crime threats and its strategic engagement with law enforcement partners in relation to financial crime. Prior to this he was variously, HMRC’s Assistant Director with operational responsibility for the criminal investigation of drugs and firearm trafficking, export control breaches, complex VAT fraud, money laundering and asset recovery.

Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM

Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM

Ian Dyson joined the City of London Police as Commander in September 2010 leading initially on organisational change, and later as the chief officer lead on Economic Crime, expanding the Force’s national fraud responsibilities.  He was also the National Police lead for Contact Management and led the national roll out for the 101 non-emergency number. Two years later he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner leading cultural change, leadership and performance within the Force, embedding staff empowerment and innovation.

From June 2016 Ian stepped up further from his Information Assurance portfolio and took National Policing Lead for the Information Management & Operational Requirements Coordination Committee. The City of London Police is also National lead force for Fraud and prominent in the areas of Protective Security and Cyber Crime.

He was promoted to Commissioner on the 3rd of January 2016 and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours 2016.

Mike Haley

Mike Haley CIFAs

Mike has 30 years’ experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not for profit sectors, including considerable experience directing investigations, as well as developing prevention and detection strategies. With a Master’s Degree in Criminology, he has led investigative teams in the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue & Customs and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

He also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies including on mortgage fraud and identity crime.  He joined Cifas as Deputy Chief Executive in May 2015 and took over as Chief Executive in May 2018.


Stephen Hill

Dr Stephen Hill is the managing director of Hill Bingham Ltd and founder of Snowdrop Consulting Ltd.

Hill Bingham provides training and consultancy services to the private and public sector in fraud risk management, prevention/awareness, data security, GDPR and internet investigations using open source intelligence. Clients include regulators and corporate entities in Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia. Dr Stephen Hill works closely with public sector bodies such as the National Crime Agency, City of London Police, HMRC, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Disclosure and Barring Service, Cabinet Office and Charity Commission. Corporate clients include investments banks, airlines, international insurance companies, UK & European retailers, accountancy and legal practices around the world.

Specialties: cyber crime, internet investigation/OSINT, not for profit fraud, corporate fraud & barrier management, data security & GDPR.

Tom Keatinge

Tom Keatinge is the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption.  He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his research focused on the effectiveness of the global counter-terror finance regime. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.




Marc McAuley

Marc McAuley

Marc McAuley - Counter Fraud Services Lead for CIPFA’s Counter Fraud Centre - is a Counter Fraud professional with over 20 years’ experience in tackling fraud within Local Government.  He has been instrumental in bringing the London Counter Fraud Hub concept to life, being a thought leader both internal and external to CIPFA by looking at policy and transformational change that will aid the UK in effectively tackling fraud and moving the emphasis from detection to prevention.

Before joining CIPFA in 2017, Marc gained his experience working within Local Government counter fraud services and was one of the first professionally qualified investigators in the UK, gaining Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status in 1998.  During his time in Counter Fraud Marc has strived to transform service delivery by  streamlining working practices, improving partnership working and introducing proactive project arrangements, all contributing to continually improving performance and outcomes. Marc continues this work and represents CIPFA on the FFCL Board, the HM Government Counter Fraud Cross Sector Advisory Group, the LGA Cyber Security stakeholder group and the CCAB Economic Crime Panel.

Lending his insight and knowledge, Marc is a regular speaker on fraud and corruption both in the UK and internationally.

George Paxton

George has worked for AXA for over ten years, holding positions throughout the UK and International businesses. He currently manages a team of investigators specifically looking at mitigating fraud within the global book of business.

He is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), and has a real passion for tackling the different risks associated with cross border insurance, through using flexible and variable techniques to stay one step ahead of the game.

Professor Carl Stychin

Professor Carl Stychin is Non-Executive Director at The NHS Counter Fraud Authority. Carl has a legal academic background and is currently the Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) at the University of London. He previously worked at City, Reading and Keele universities. As Director of the Institute, he has overseen the establishment of a new Centre for Financial Law, Regulation and Compliance.



Katy Worobec

Katy Worobec

Katy has worked in economic crime at the centre of the industry in various roles for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Financial Fraud Action UK, one of the precursor trade associations which merged to form UK Finance.

Katy was responsible for establishing the industry fraud data and intelligence sharing unit, the Financial Fraud Bureau, introducing the Industry Threat Management Process (the way in which industry fraud threats are prioritised), and building the coordinated industry response to significant data loss/breaches following the HMRC data loss in 2007. She instigated the Fraud Intelligence Sharing System and helped deliver the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the industry sponsored police unit, in 2002. She led the development of the Take 5 education and awareness campaign, worked with Home Office and City of London Police to establish the Joint Fraud Taskforce and advised on the setting up of the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce (JMLIT).

Katy is co- founder and Deputy Chair of the Fraud Women’s Network.

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