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Joanne Pitt recently joined the Counter Fraud Centre, supporting the head of the Centre, Rachael Tiffen in the day-to-day running of the Centre. Here, she introduces herself and sets out her plans for 2017.
Having recently joined the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself. Like anyone in the first few weeks of a new job I am busy familiarising myself with the Centre’s work. Many thanks to those of you I’ve already spoken to – your warm welcome and insights are much appreciated and I look forward to speaking to many more of our customers in the coming weeks.
My gratitude also goes out to our partners such as Moore Stephens, Zurich, BAE Applied Intelligence and Mazars for their continued support and encouragement.
In terms of my background, I’ve been heavily involved in the public sector for the past 25 years. I have worked alongside CIPFA’s leadership team to build the Institute’s voice and as a local government advisor I’ve devised a number of counter fraud initiatives focusing on housing and business rate fraud. I’m delighted the Centre now offers an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFT) course specifically for those working to tackle social housing.
In my new role, I’m focusing on making sure that the Centre continues to respond to the needs of our customers. We have already transformed our subscription service, adding event places and a whole host of new tools and support, while our 2017 CPD workshop programme covers hugely topical issues like cyber-crime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes and anti-bribery defences.
We have also listened to your comments on the CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) survey. The 2017 questionnaire will soon be released and we hope you’ll appreciate the practical changes we’ve made.
Looking forward to the second half of the year, the second annual Government Counter Fraud Awards will be returning in September, celebrating the counter fraud community’s innovation, creativity and professionalism. I am also excited about our first dedicated counter fraud conference in November – we’ll be announcing sponsors and speakers shortly.
July will see the Counter Fraud Centre celebrate its third birthday - it's easy to forget how young it is and one of my roles will be to lever my experience and help to oversee continued growth and development, particularly as we forge ahead with our data analytics service. As any parents of a three-year-old will testify this is not always easy but it is certainly interesting and rewarding. And this is why I am delighted to have this new opportunity.
If you would like any more information on what we have in store for 2017, please do get in touch at E: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter.