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Agenda – Local Government Stream

08:00 - 09:05

Registration, Refreshments and Networking

09:05 - 09:15


Chair's Opening Remarks


Lyn McDonald 
Director, Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants (FEDG) Team
Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

09:15 - 09:35

Ministerial Keynote


Jeremy Quinn, MP 
Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

09:35 - 09:45


Chair's Opening Remarks

Rob Whiteman resized

Rob Whiteman 
Chief Executive  
CIPFA (Confirmed)

09:45 - 10:15

Understanding Charity Fraud and Cyber Crime - The Results of the Largest Ever Charity Specific Survey

  • Common charity frauds- why they happen and what charities should do to increase resilience 
  • Cyber attacks against charities- why they are sometimes successful and what charities should do to increase their resilience    

Alan Bryce   
Head of Development, Counter Fraud and Cyber-Crime
Charity Commission (Confirmed)

10:15 - 10:45

Fraud Protection for People at Risk

  • Reviewing the current safeguards which protect vulnerable people from fraudsters 
  • Evaluating the distinction between police investigations and an OPG investigation 
  • Exploring how digital fraud against vulnerable people is evolving and steps local authorities will need to take to intervene 
  • Future regulatory scope for more oversight on the power of attorney 
Jan Sensier resized

Jan Sensier 
Deputy Director of Strategy and Corporate Service 
Office of the Public Guardian (Confirmed)

10:45 - 11:15

Morning Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition

11:15 - 11:45

The Durham Fraud Partnership

Taking place in Abbey Room​

  • The Establishment of the Corporate Fraud Team 
  • The outcomes of the Home Office Pilot- Procurement Fraud 
  • How our partnerships have developed as a Fraud Team 
  • The benefits of partnership working in Counter Fraud 
  • The outcomes of our Counter Fraud work
Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley  
Chief Internal Auditor and Corporate Fraud Manager  
Durham County Council (Confirmed)

An Overview on the Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship Led by HMRC

Taking place in Moore Room​

Roshni Mehta
Learning and Development Team

Maggie Templeman
Learning and Development Team

11:45 - 12:20

Case Study: Operation Holmes - A Guide to Good Practice

  • Improving Culture, Capability, Capacity, Communication, Collaboration and Competence in Local Authorities 
  • Gathering, developing intelligence and taking partnership action- the key transferable lessons to apply 

Clare Atkinson
South Yorkshire Police (Confirmed)


Amanda Shellcock, CFCD Investigator, Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt    
Department for Work and Pensions (Confirmed)


Kate Morina
Rotherham Local Authority (Confirmed)

12:20 - 12:45

Seminar Sessions

Policing Cyber Crime: Taking a Holistic, Multi-Agency Approach to Preventing Cyber Crime

  • Examining the scale of the problem and the recent developments in Cyber Crime 
  • Recognising the red flags, the weakest links internally and externally within your third-party supply chain 
  • Prevention and Mitigation techniques and the key components of a cyber response plan to minimise organisational impact 
  • Developing cyber security resilience and best practice for combating new and emerging cyber threats 

Alex Rothwell 
Detective Superintendent  
City of London Police (Confirmed)

Mike Hulett

Mike Hulett
Head of Technology & Capabilities 
National Cyber Crime Unit (Confirmed)

Seminar Sessions

The Difference Between Error and Fraud is the Intent

  • Twice2much share real life examples where transactional analysis identified supplier fraud.  
Andrew Cushion Picture Twice2Much

Andrew Cushion
Managing Director 
Twice2Much (Confirmed)

Seminar Sessions

The Current and Future State of Cybercrime​

Russel Ridgley

Russel Ridgley 
UK & Ireland Field CTO   
RSA (Confirmed)

12:50 - 13:45

Lunch, Networking & Exhibition

13:45 - 14:20

Seminar Sessions

Creating a Community of World Class Counter Fraud Specialists

Craig Martin New

Craig Martin 
Head of Fraud, MI & Insight   
Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

Seminar Sessions

The Power of a Cyber Security Operation Centre to Detect and Respond to Fraud

Chris Cheyne

Chris Cheyne
SI Consult (Confirmed)

Seminar Sessions

You Take an Anonymous Call from the Head of Internal Audit. An Anonymous Allegation has been Received via the Whistle-Blower Hotline that an Employee, Identified Only as "AD" Has Colluded With Suppliers to Extract Cash From the Company.

What Do You Do?


Tim Alderson
FCA (Confirmed)

14:20 - 14:35

Afternoon Chair's Opening Remarks

Mike Haley resized

Mike Haley
Chief Executive
CIFAS (Confirmed)

14:35 - 15:00

Digital Economy Act Fraud Data Sharing Powers

  • Realising the opportunities of The Digital Economy Act 2017 
  • Examining how 29 local authorities are working with the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenues & Customs to recover millions in unpaid council tax
Mark Sutclife

Mark Sutcliffe, Head of Fraud and Debt Sharing   
Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

15:00 - 15:35

Getting Counter Fraud Awareness Right

Lucy Pledge New

Lucy Pledge
Head of Audit & Risk Management
Lincolnshire County Council (Confirmed)

Gillian Martin New

Gillian Martin
Principal Investigator  
Lincolnshire County Council (Confirmed)

15:35 - 16:00

Afternoon Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition

16:00 - 16:25

Direct Payments, Fraud and Safeguarding

  • Social care fraud in context 
  • Applications, assessments, care planning, monitoring and referrals 
  • Barriers to investigating Direct Payment Fraud and identifying opportunities for joint working 

Simon Bleckly 
Audit Manager   
Warrington Borough Council (Confirmed)

16:25 - 17:05

Beyond The Public Sector

  • An overview of the impact of Fraud on the General Insurance Market and how fraud prevention has evolved
  • The increasing threat of Ghost Broking, use of social medial and google ad’s and impacts on consumers
  • Cyber crime enable fraud, resulting in ID theft, fishing attempts and impacts this has on consumer trust for the industry
  • Effective Debt Management and Recovery Solutions across the Public Sector ​
Clare Lunn resized

Clare Lunn
Head of General Insurance Fraud Committee, Director of Fraud
LV (Confirmed)

17:05 - 18:05

Close of Conference & Drinks Reception