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About the Counter Fraud Centre

Building on CIPFA’s 130-year history of championing excellence in public finance management, we offer training and a range of products and services to help organisations detect, prevent and recover fraud losses.

We support the national counter fraud and anti-corruption strategy for local government, Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally and were named in the UK Government’s 2014 Anti-Corruption plan and in the 2017–22 Anti-Corruption strategy as having a key role to play in combating corruption, both within the UK and abroad.

We also conduct the annual CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT), the national overview of all fraud, bribery and corruption activity throughout the UK public sector.

Our experts

  • Les Dobie, Head of Counter Fraud Training: Les has over 30 years' experience in economic crime investigation and fraud risk management in both the public and private sectors. He has investigated large scale frauds, including the UK end of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, one of the biggest frauds ever committed, and between 2011 and 2013, carried out a number of fraud risk management assignments for local and central government, including a number of large London boroughs, OFGEM, DECC and the Home Office.
  • Laura Hough, Head of Counter Fraud Policy and Strategy: Laura has over 10 years' experience of working in the fraud and financial crime arena. A forensic accountant by training, Laura is a Chartered Accountant and a Counter Fraud Expert (ACFE) and also a Member of the Fraud Advisory Panel. Prior to joining CIPFA Laura was the Deputy Head of Counter Fraud Management at the British Council, leading on the prevention and detection elements of the Counter Fraud Strategy and managing complex investigations overseas. 
  • Marc McAuley, Head of Counter Fraud Operations: Marc has over 24 years’ experience of counter fraud work in the public sector. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2017 he was Counter Fraud Group Manager at Waltham Forest Council. Marc is CIPFA’s representative on the Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally (FFCL) Board, the government’s Cross Sector Advisory Group and the CCAB’s Economic Crime Panel.

How can we help you?

What fraud and corruption challenges does your organisation face? 

Get in touch with us on T: +44 (0)20 7543 5600 or by email at E: customerservices@cipfa.org to find out how we can help you.