Alan is Head of Development, Counter Fraud and Cyber-Crime 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 and cyber-crime. 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. He is also the former chair of The European Institute for Combatting Corruption And Fraud. Alan has an MSc in Counter Fraud & 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. The Charity Commission for England & Wales regulates 170,000 charities, with a combined income of nearly £75 billion.