2022 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 OfficeMark 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.

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 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 and is a member of the R3 Council and its Policy Group. She is a Council member of INSOL Europe and a member of its Fraud Group and is also deputy chair of the Regulatory and Conduct Committee of the IPA.

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.

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton

Stephen has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of counter fraud environments, including travellers’ cheques, mail order retail, 1st party credit card and general insurance fraud.

In 2010 he joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), the UK insurance industry’s non-profit body committed to tackling organised cross sector insurance fraud.

As Head of Intelligence & Investigations, Stephen’s role is to oversee the production and delivery of the IFB's operational products and services. These provide warning intelligence to its members and coordinate the disruption of organised cross industry fraud by members with law enforcement partners and industry regulators.

Previously a member of the National Crime Agency’s Economic Crime Command Intelligence Hub working group, the Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Data Alliance project and chair of the Industrial Disease Fraud Forum. Stephen is currently a member of the General Insurance Fraud Committee, the National Economic Crime Command's Public Private Threat Group on Fraud, the National Roads Police Operations and Intelligence Group, and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

In 2019 Stephen supported the development and implementation of the new industry suspect intelligence management system, the IFiHUB, and in the same year, secured a master’s degree in Intelligence and Security Studies.

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.

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.


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.


Mark McAuley

Marc McAuleyMarc McAuley - Counter Fraud Manager 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

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.

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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