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Charity Fraud Conference

7 October 2020 London

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Charity Fraud Conference.

Brand new for 2020, the Charity Fraud Conference will be taking place on 7 October at BMA House in London. 

This full-day conference will look at all aspects of fraud, and include sessions with practical advice on how charities can better protect themselves against loss, and introduce procedures that will help safeguard against fraud. It will also include examples of best practice from other sectors, and challenge charities to be more upfront about the dangers of not only financial harm but the loss of trust as well. 


12 May 2020

  • 8.30AM - 9.10AM
    Registration, coffee & networking
  • 9.10AM - 9.15AM
    Chair's welcome: Tristan Blythe, editor, Charity Finance
  • 9.15AM - 9.55AM
    Opening Keynote: Preventing charity fraud: insight and action - the regulatory persepective

    One in 25 charities in England and Wales will suffer fraud in the next two years, and according to the Charity Commission the biggest impact is reputational. This session will offer a regulatory perspective on fraud in the charity sector, and present some of the key statistics, findings and conclusions from the Commission's most recent research, commissioned in partnership with the Fraud Advisory Panel.

    Alan Bryce, head of development, counter fraud and cyber-crime at the Charity Commission

  • 9.55AM - 10.35AM
    Help for Heroes case study

    As a charity which has experienced a variety of frauds, Help for Heroes shares its
    experience, insight and tips to help prevent other organisations falling victim to similar.
    Lucille Street, head of risk and compliance, Help for Heroes  

  • 10.35AM - 11.15AM
    How do you recognise and act upon a fraudulent email?
    Genuine-looking emails, which encourage recipients to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, are by far the most common form of attack on charities. Cyber criminals also pose as business owners or executives and ask staff to perform money transfers, pay invoices or send sensitive data. A fifth of charities experienced an attack of this type in the past year. This session will highlight how charities can increase their technical protection and offer tips on how best to train staff and volunteers to understand how they play a critical role in keeping their organisation safe, and what to do if they receive a phishing email.​​​​​​​

    Johnty Mongan, cyber risk consultant, Gallagher
  • 11.15AM - 11.40AM
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.40AM - 12.20PM
    Taking cyber security seriously
    With around 70 per cent of all charity fraud occurring online, senior management must establish a positive culture towards cyber security in their organisation. The National Cyber Security Centre will provide practical, non-technical advice to help charity leaders and trustees ensure they have the right decision-making processes in place to lessen the impact of cyber crime and instigate appropriate risk management procedures to defend against it.  
    Speaker from the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ
  • 12.20PM - 1.00PM
    British Council case study - an award-winning approach to fraud management

    In this session we will learn about what steps the British Council has taken to tackle fraud, including its zero-tolerance policy, which led to it winning the 2019 Charities Against Fraud award. It will also share its approach to reporting and commitment to be transparent about any fraud which happens within the organisation. For example, during 2018/19 the charity reported 93 instances of fraud in its annual fraud report.  

    Dave Carter, head of counter fraud management, British Council 

  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
  • 2.00PM - 2.40PM
    Round table discussions - a chance to debate and share your experiences with your peers
    Conversation 1: Managing reputation post-fraud
    Conversation 2: Managing potential fraud by volunteers
    Conversation 3: Breaking the stigma over being open and transparent
    Conservation 4: Someone we know - spotting the warning signs   
    Conversation 5: How to approach and implement fraud awareness training                               
  • 2.40PM - 3.20PM
    Meeting the growing challenge of anti-corruption

    Many charities operate in the areas in which bribery and corruption are prevalent. As the UK, US and other enforcement authorities have become more active in enforcing anti-corruption laws, UK charities face new challenges when engaging with government officials, joint-venture partners, and suppliers. Based on original research, this session will discuss how corruption and bribery affect the charity sector.

    Dr Branislav Hock, senior lecturer in economic crime, Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, University of Portsmouth

  • 3.20PM - 3.40PM
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 3.40PM - 4.20PM
    Colchester Foodbank case study

    Colchester Foodbank used the discovery of historic fraud as an opportunity to put systems in place to prevent further instances and review its whole exposure to loss. This session will outline examples of the risks faced by a small charity, and consider what practical action can be taken to reduce them.

    Mike Beckett, ceo, Colchester Foodbank

  • 4.20PM - 5.00PM
    Closing keynote: Lessons from the pensions industry

    This session will explore how the pensions industry has addressed fraud, which is estimated to cost it many millions of pounds a year. Pension scheme trustees and administrators play a key role in education and protecting members from scams, and the PSIG has developed a code of practice to help them do this. The body also promotes the importance of transparency in fighting fraud.

    Margaret Snowdon OBE, president, Pension Scams Industry Group                                                                            


  • Alan Bryce

    Head of Development, Counter Fraud & Cyber-crime , Charity Commission

    Alan is Head of Development, Counter Fraud & 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 honorary committee member, of the Tenancy Fraud Forum. Alan is a CPFA accredited investigator, formerly both a CPFA qualified auditor and police officer.

  • Margaret Snowdon

    Chair , Pensions Scam Industry Group

    Margaret is a high-profile figure in the pensions sector and is committed to raising awareness of pension scams and safeguarding member outcomes. She wears many industry hats including the chair of the The Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG), the voluntary body set up to combat pension scams through the publication of good practice in due diligence for trustees, providers and administrators. She is also the president of the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), non-executive director at the Pensions Regulator and a council member of the pensions policy institute. Margaret was appointed an OBE in 2010 and has been named as one of the Top 50 Influential People in Pensions for the seventh year running. In 2013 she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Finance in Europe. 

  • Dave Carter

    Head of Counter Fraud , British Council

    Dave has been Head of Counter Fraud for two major international charities, including his current role in the British Council, where he was recruited to design, build and then run their global counter fraud functions.

    In both organisations Dave had global responsibility for fraud & crime management, including awareness raising, reporting & detecting, responding and prevention – plus leading on investigations. He devised and implemented the key strategies which allowed for this risk to be management in hostile environments, and on occasions during the worst humanitarian disasters that have occurred in modern times. Travelling extensively, Dave built a global team to support the operational function, to provide reassurance to trustees & donors, and to ensure compliance with legal & regulatory responsibilities.

    The majority of Dave’s career was spent within the City of London Police, where he served for 14 years, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Most of this time was spent as a detective investigating serious and major crime, including homicide, until he moved into the Economic Crime Directorate of what is the national lead force for fraud. Whilst there he specialised in international fraud, especially those involving organised crime groups targeting uk banks, whilst head of the specialist unit, the Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit.

    Dave is a member of the Charity Commission’s Charities Against Fraud Group and a Special Advisor to the Fraud Advisory Panel.

  • Brendan Weekes

    Trustee , Fraud Advisory Panel

    Brendan is a trustee the Fraud Advisory Panel - a charity which acts as a voice of the counter fraud community. The Panel works to improve fraud resilience across society and around the world. Over the past four years it has been instrumental in shaping the charity sectors response to fraud.

    Brendan is a qualified accountant specialising in fraud and financial crime including dispute resolution, asset-tracing and criminal defence. He has a keen interest in the technology and charity sectors and has worked with a number of non-for-profits to help them investigate and recover from fraud.


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