CIPFA Counter Fraud Summit 2017

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Event summary

The CIPFA Counter Fraud Summit will bring together national and local thought leaders and practitioners to share their innovative approaches to preventing, detecting and responding to fraud.

Featuring cyber crime, the new London Counter Fraud Hub, winners from the recent Government Counter Fraud Awards and a panel discussion on different approaches to countering fraud, the day promises to be stimulating and inspiring.

Many thanks to EY for hosting this event.

PRE-PAID PLACES: If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre or the Better Governance Forum, you can use any of your pre-paid places at this event.


14 November 2017
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 16:10


1 More London Place
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£295.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Innovation in tackling public sector fraud

Fraud is now the most prevalent crime in the UK and tackling it effectively is essential to ensuring that we get the most from every pound of public money spent.

To combat both traditional and emerging threats, counter fraud professionals must work together to understand and identify the risks they face.

Innovation is also key – whether developing completely new ways of working or using tried and tested methodologies in different, creative ways.

Hosted by EY, the Summit will bring together leading counter fraud practitioners and thought leaders to discuss these issues. The focus is on learning from each other and sharing best practice.

Alongside sessions on the new National Cyber Security Strategy, the London Counter Fraud Hub and understanding procurement fraud, we’re delighted to welcome two winners from the recent Government Counter Fraud Awards

They will be sharing their winning nominations while a panel discussion later in the day – featuring individuals from local and central government and the third sector – will address different approaches to countering fraud.

Confirmed speakers and panelists

  • John Baker, Director, Moore Stephens 
  • Keith Batehup, Metropolitan Police and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Award for Outstanding Collaboration
  • Nick Branigan, Operational Leader, HM Revenue & Customs’ Fraud Investigation Service and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Professional of the Year Award 
  • Alan Bryce, Head of Development and Operational Intelligence, Charity Commission
  • Paul Eagles, Senior Investigation Officer, Government Internal Audit Agency and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Team of the Year Award
  • Helen Evans, Head of Cyber Crime, Home Office
  • Christine Farrow, Fraud Prevention Manager, UK Finance and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Award for Outstanding Collaboration
  • Sara Fowler, Senior Partner, EY and Chair of CBI West Midlands
  • Andrew Hyatt, Tri-Borough Head of Fraud for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster City Council
  • Rhys John, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics, EY
  • Sanjay Mackintosh, Head of Strategic Commissioning, London Borough of Haringey 
  • John Marsden, Head of Identity and Fraud, Equifax
  • Ian O’Donnell, Executive Director of Corporate Resources, Ealing Council
  • Suresh Patel, Executive Director, EY and Vice Chair, CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre Advisory Board
  • Claire Rollo, Director, National Audit Office
  • Richard Strawson, East Sussex County Council Trading Standards and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Award for Outstanding Collaboration
  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
  • Mike Youatt, Investigation Manager, Government Internal Audit Agency and winner of the Government Counter Fraud Team of the Year Award

Who should attend?

Counter fraud professionals and those with a clear interest in this area of work from across local and central government, including finance directors and chief internal auditors.

How will you benefit?

  • Learn about new developments in the counter fraud landscape and their impact.
  • Ensure your organisation is prepared for the increased threat of cyber crime.
  • Gain insights into proven, effective counter fraud approaches and how you might be able to implement them.

One of your subscription benefits

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre or to the Better Governance Forum, you can use any of your pre-paid places from your subscription at this event.

CPD hours

This event carries five CPD hours.

Many thanks to our hosts, EY.

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Speaker - Alan Bryce

Alan Bryce

Alan is head of development and operational intelligence at the Charity Commission. That role includes a responsibility for working in partnership with charities and key stakeholders to develop the capability and capacity of the sector to tackle fraud. Alan is the former head of counter fraud at the Audit Commission. In that role he was responsible for the development and delivery of the award winning series of reports on fraud in English local government, called Protecting the Public Purse. Alan has an MSc in Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption from the University of Portsmouth. His academic thesis on the nature and extent of social housing fraud was the first academic paper on the issue published in the UK. Alan is a founder member, and current committee member, of the Tenancy Fraud Forum. Alan is a CPFA accredited investigator, formerly both a CPFA-qualified auditor and police officer.

Speaker - Sara Fowler

Sara Fowler

Sara is a senior partner at EY, a big four global professional services firm with UK revenues of £2bn. At EY and, as chair of the CBI West Midlands, she has developed a strong passion for economic issues affecting businesses, the impact of education on the skills agenda and the need for increased diversity in the workplace. Sara is an expert in forensic services and leads EY’s government and public services team for forensic services. She has spent much of her career advising clients and regulators in crisis situations and has gained extensive insights into matters relating to ethics and governance. Outside of EY and the CBI, she is the chair of St Basils, a Birmingham-based charity providing vital services and accommodation to young people at risk of homelessness.

Speaker - John Baker

John Baker

John is a director in Moore Stephens’ Governance, Risk and Assurance team and has been involved in countering fraud and corruption for over 20 years. He sits on the advisory panel of Portsmouth University’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, on the editorial board for ‘Fraud Intelligence’ magazine, and is vice chair of the London Audit Group’s fraud sub-group. Previously, was a director of the London Fraud Forum. He has made considerable contributions to a number of key documents and written many articles on fraud and is an honorary CIPFA member.

Speaker - Suresh patel

Suresh Patel

Suresh has over 24 years of experience of providing audit and assurance services to local authorities up and down the country. In recent years he has developed a focus on the governance responsibilities of audit committees as authorities become more and more commercial in their outlook and activities. He is currently the appointed external auditor to unitary councils, districts and London boroughs. Suresh joined EY’s government and public sector audit and assurance practice a year ago, following a 19-year career with the Audit Commission and four years with Mazars.

Speaker - Mike Youatt, Investigation Manager in the Government Internal Audit Agency

Mike Youatt

Mike previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, holding a variety of posts before moving into counter fraud work in 2005. Mike moved from benefit fraud to DWP Internal Investigations in 2009 and has led a number of sensitive and high profile fraud investigations for DWP and other government departments and agencies.

Speaker - John Marsden

John Marsden

John has been protecting customers' assets through the deployment of fraud prevention and identity confirmation services for over 20 years, working with large financial businesses to tech start ups. Now responsible for the commercial development of fraud avoidance and identity proofing solutions for Equifax Europe, proving and knowing who you are dealing with has never been more front stage than it is today, with consumer demanding recognition and service personalised like never before, while those who would defraud have more data, knowledge and technology than ever before.

Speaker - Rhys Jon

John Rhys

Rhys is a director within EY’s eDiscovery practice, and head of their artificial intelligence and analytics business. His focus is on building and developing bespoke technologies that leverage machine learning and natural language processing to effectively, and efficiently, solve real-world problems.

Speaker - Ian O'Donnell, Executive Director of Corporate Resources, Ealing Counci.

Ian O'Donnell

Ian is the executive director of corporate resources at Ealing Council.

He was previously the director ff Finance at Waltham Forest LBC, and held senior finance posts at Lambeth LBC and Camden LBC.

As the chief finance officer, Ian is responsible for managing an annual budget of around £1bn, and oversees audit and anti-fraud functions. He is also the treasurer of the West London Waste Authority.

Ian is the originator and chair of the London Counter Fraud Hub, a collaboration between 33 London boroughs to share data and use advanced analytics to prevent and detect fraud.

Speaker - Claire Rollo, Director, National Audit Office

Claire Rollo

Claire Rollo is a director at the National Audit Office. She currently has responsibility for the NAO’s audit of Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC benefits and credits, including the impact of fraud and error on the accuracy of benefit and credit payments such as universal credit and personal tax credits. Recent reports on fraud and error in benefits and credits and HMRC’s failed contract with Concentrix to deliver fraud and error compliance activities have supported evidence sessions by the Committee for Public Accounts.

Claire is a member of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Faculty Board, fellow chartered accountant, and graduate of Durham University.

Speaker - Andy Hyatt

Andy Hyatt

Andy is the head of fraud for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where he leads the Shared Service Corporate Anti-Fraud Service. Andy has worked in the fraud arena for over 20 years. He is a member of the Fighting Fraud & Corruption Locally Strategic Board, reviewing and designing national anti-fraud strategies; provides mentoring on behalf of the Local Government Association; and is an executive board member of the National Anti-Fraud Network and London Borough Fraud Investigators Group. As well as an accredited counter fraud manager, Andy is also an affiliated member of CIPFA, holding a Diploma in Public Audit.