2023 Judges

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.

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 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.

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.

Pekka Dare

Pekka Dare

The Vice President of the ICA, Pekka leads on developing Industry partnerships and academic and assessment standards. He works globally across public and private sectors with financial institutions, fin tech and reg tech companies, regulators, law enforcement and inter-governmental bodies sharing best practice and trends in managing financial crime and compliance risk.

As such he has a unique perspective on the current and future landscape. He has a wealth of experience in industry, including roles as Money Laundering Reporting Officer for a multinational financial services firm and Head of Financial Crime of a division of a major UK bank. These roles involved managing AML, sanctions and fraud risk. A qualified lawyer he has also conducted prosecutions for tax evasion and provided legal advice in respect of organised crime groups, complex frauds and corporate tax evasion.

Tirene Doepel

Tirene Doepel

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

Passionate about building collaborative communities, Tirene works closely with NAFN Members; 93% of all UK Local Authorities, Social Housing providers and wider public authorities as well as many central government organisations, including BEIS, the Home Office, LGA and DWP to deliver a range of centralised services.

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.

James Gliddon

James Gliddon

James is a partner for Foot Anstey LLP in their dispute resolution team. A specialist in banking and financial services litigation, his work often centres on a range of customer-led disputes which generate reputational threat against a highly regulated backdrop.

With a determined approach to achieving the best commercial outcome to disputes, alongside maintaining down to earth handling of sensitive matters such as mis-selling, fraud and SME disputes, he works on matters with industry-wide relevance.

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)

Mike Haley

Mike Haley CIFAs

Since being appointed Chief Executive at Cifas in May 2018, Mike has actively worked to grow the community of stakeholders sharing data, intelligence and insight in the pursuit of preventing fraud and financial crime.  Mike is passionate about Cifas becoming the driving force behind fraud prevention in the UK and with over 30 years’ experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, he is determined to bring together a strong cross-sectoral collaborative approach to tackling fraud.

With a Master’s Degree in Criminology, Mike has led counter fraud efforts in the National Health Service, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue and Customs and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.   He also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies.  Mike believes that the battle against fraud is one that cannot be won alone and that only by collaborating as a community can turn the tide on fraud and not only protect each other but also make the UK a safer place to live and do business.

Gaon Hart

Gaon is currently a Non-Executive Director at the NHS Counter-Fraud Authority. He works full time for Amazon as the Head of Public Policy, Customer Trust, for UK & Ireland and develops collaborations and partnerships to tackle counterfeiting, fraud, malvertising, unsafe products and other potential illicit activity. He was formerly Head of Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption Advisory, Policy & Training for HSBC Bank and is a specialist practitioner in fraud, International Bribery & Corruption and fighting criminal activity.

He was formerly a Senior Crown Advocate at the Crown Prosecution Service (with Higher Rights of Audience), 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.

Marc McAuley

Marc McAuley

Marc McAuley – Senior Consultant (Counter Fraud) for CIPFA is a Counter Fraud professional with over 25 years’ experience in tackling fraud within Local Government.  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.

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.

Commissioner Angela McLaren

Angela McLaren

Commissioner McLaren started her career with Fife Constabulary in 1996 where she served in several operational and community roles.

In 2015, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Divisional Commander of Fife Division where she led various operations and events.  She was later selected to lead a team producing the first long term strategy for policing in Scotland.

In June 2018, she was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Operational Change and Resilience and in June 2019, ACC McLaren became the Executive Lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence.

In December 2020, she joined City of London Police on promotion to Assistant Commissioner responsible for the Economic Crime and Cybercrime.

In January 2022 she took up her appointment as Commissioner, City of London Police.  The first female commissioner in the City’s history.

Fred Parr

Fred ParrFred is Managing Partner F&H Risk Solutions Partnership. A Corporate Fraud Investigator with a wealth of experience demonstrated in a career spanning 40+ years. Areas of expertise include investigation and intelligence of serious and complex commercial fraud, asset tracing and recovery, fraud prevention and anti-money laundering. Delivered projects in the UK and across Europe, West and East Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean Canada, and North America. Capable of developing trusted advisor relationships with multiple stakeholders.

He is a Certified Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and the Vice President and Training Director of the UK Chapter of the ACFE UK.

Phoebe Waters

Phoebe Waters

Phoebe is a Director in the Global Investigations department of US consultancy firm JS Held. She is a senior investigator and a strong and influential female leader in the disputes sector, specialising in high-quantum fraud cases and asset tracing and recovery exercises. Phoebe was a winner of Management Today's 35 Women under 35 for 2021, a coveted award bestowed upon the UK’s top young female business talent, at the age of 29. Phoebe was chosen for this accolade not only as a result of her excellence in investigations, but for her experience and interest in mentoring and coaching females in the industry.

Phoebe is the Chair of the board for the Female Fraud Forum (FFF), having been elected in February 2022 after a role as Membership Secretary for two years. The FFF is a multi-disciplinary non-for-profit organisation comprising a network of currently almost 1,500 members and supporters  (of all genders) in the criminal and civil fraud, asset recovery and investigations sector. The FFF’s aim is to spearhead the fight for change so that gender equality becomes ingrained in the workplace and secure for future generations. The organisation provides a space for experts in the industry to network, refer work, socialise, and share educational insights. Since Phoebe became Chair, she has spearheaded the growth of The FFF – resulting in an impressive quintupling in size of the forum in her first ten months. Phoebe, along with the team of 17 committee members she manages, has transformed a nascent networking group to a diverse, bold, collaborative, and exciting community which welcomes all genders and levels of experience and seniority. Phoebe has led The FFF’s re-brand, new website launch and update of the organisation’s mission statement since being at the head of its board. The FFF regularly raises money for female-focused charities including most recently UN Women UK and Girls Out Loud.

In January 2023, Phoebe was invited to join Chief as a founding member in the UK. Chief is a global private network built to drive more women into positions of power and keep them there. It is also the only organisation specifically designed for the most powerful women to strengthen their leadership, magnify their influence, and pave the way to bring others with them. Despite Chief usually accepting women with 15+ years of experience, as a result of Phoebe’s achievements in her career and, along with her business aptitude, she was invited to join this executive community with only under a decade as a professional.

Phoebe regularly produces thought leadership, is interviewed on podcasts, and contributes to panels focused on investigations, and on EDI – particularly on gender equality, women in the workplace and female leadership.

Phoebe has a law degree, a Bachelors in Russian, and a Masters in International Security. Most recently, in 2022, she obtained a qualification from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership: ‘Women Leading Change: Shaping our Future”. Phoebe speaks Russian and Spanish.

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