The Public Sector Counter Fraud Awards - Shortlist

Congratulations to the Finalists!

The Public Sector Counter Fraud Awards, in collaboration with our partners the Government Counter Fraud Profession, Cabinet Office are a perfect way to reward those who have demonstrated commitment to the task in hand and shown the spirit of innovation, great teamwork or going the extra mile to create better outcomes for the citizen in the national fight against fraud.

The quality of nominations this year was exceptional, and we’d like to thank everyone that nominated their departments, teams and colleagues. It’s been amazing to see all the inspirational work that has taken place across the sector over in what has been a very tough year for all.

Below are the shortlist of Finalists. Join us at the QEII Centre, on 23rd February at 6pm when the Winners will be revealed.

Best of luck to all Finalists!

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The Finalists are:

Professional of the Year

For the individual who has done exceptional work and has demonstrated a strong sense of public service and commitment to their role in Counter Fraud.

Jenny Davis

Fraud Investigation Service, FIS Recruitment Taskforce; Criminal Investigation Strand Team, HMRC

Claire Payton

Counter Fraud Manager, Counter Fraud and Investigation Team, GIAA

Lisa Fearn

Senior Officer, Counter Fraud Academy, HMRC

Government Counter Fraud Profession Member of the Year

This award is open to all members of the Government Counter Fraud Profession who have demonstrated the values in the Profession’s Code of Conduct: courage, collaborative, challenging or objective.

Ghazalah Shah

Civil Investigator, Offshore Corporate and Wealthy Leeds Team, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC

Tim Barlow

Senior Quality and Compliance Inspector, Fraud Risk Lead, NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Steve Selley

Head of Fraud Risk, Measurement & Assurance Team, Cabinet Office

Best Apprentice or Newcomer

For the individual who has achieved a significant impact in a short space of time, embodying the values of their organisation and the wider Counter Fraud profession of being courageous, challenging, objective and collaborative.

Jack Mills

Apprentice Counter Fraud Investigator (ACFS), Cornwall Council

Helen Siegieda

Corporate Fraud Investigator, Buckinghamshire Council

Jordan White

Counter Fraud Officer, Internal Audit and Counter Fraud, Medway and Gravesham Borough Council Shared Service

Sam Powdrill

Investigator, Insolvency Service

Partnership Excellence Award

This award recognises the team or individual that has worked successfully in partnership with another department/organisation or multiple organisations. A great example of stakeholder engagement that could span the boundaries between sectors, departments or multiple teams.

HMRC and Security Industry Authority (SIA)

Clue Project Team and NHS Counter Fraud Authority


Culture and Diversity Award

This award recognises the team or department that has put diversity and inclusion at the heart of their culture with exemplary results.


Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strand HMRC

HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS)

Team of the Year Award

Team Working is pivotal to the success in the fight against economic crime. Team of the year looks to highlight accomplishments made by an effective team within any organisation.


CFCD (Counter Fraud, Compliance & Debt) Southern Capability Taskforce Team


Cybercrime Team, FIC


Checking Team, CFCD, DWP In House Checking Team, Kilmarnock CFCD UC Interventions Prevent

Outstanding Contribution Award

For outstanding contribution, we are looking for someone exceptional.  This peer-nominated award recognises an individual who has been influential and has significantly contributed to making a visible difference to Counter Fraud during their career to date.

Sandra Allan

Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt Division, DWP

Tanya Sanderson

Organised Labour Fraud Threat Co-Ordinator, HMRC

Colin Castle

Local Service Investigator, Department for Work and Pensions / Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt

Leadership and Management Award

For the individual of any grade who has demonstrated they are an effective leader, managing projects and/or teams to deliver improved outcomes.  Be seen as inspirational by their peers and colleagues.

Michael Frost

Audit and Anti-Fraud Manager, Buckinghamshire Council

Paul Golightly

Head of Counter Fraud, Department of Health and Social Care

Michael Carrier