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Protecting the public purse from procurement fraud

Managing the risk of fraud and corruption should always be a priority, but even more so now when large amounts of public funds are being put into local economies to support local businesses and people.

Join us for this live interactive session in partnership with the ICAEW Public Sector Community.

This webinar will provide a timely update on:

  • the fraud and corruption risks in local government procurement,
  • the practical steps being taken to reduce levels of fraud and corruption in the NHS and the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • the Cabinet’s Office’s post assurance framework and guidance.

Guest speakers include:

Laura Hough, led on the recent MHCLG review

Laura led the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s recent review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement. She specialises in forensic investigations and counter fraud within BDO LLP’s international institutions and donor assurance (IIDA) team. Laura was previously head of counter fraud policy and strategy at CIPFA and has worked in the fraud and financial crime arena since 2007, across the private sector, not-for-profit, the public sector, and the Financial Services Regulator. A forensic accountant by background, Laura is a chartered accountant and a counter fraud expert (ACFE).  

Oliver Stopnitzky, NHSCFA

Oliver Stopnitzky is a senior fraud prevention officer at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) where he leads their  national work in preventing procurement fraud across the NHS. Oliver is an advocate to creating the right organisational culture in order to tackle fraud and corruption effectively. Before working at the NHSCFA, Oliver worked as a Technical and Development Advisory at CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre and previously at the Fraud Advisory Panel.

Rich Wentel, Cabinet Office

Rich is a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office Centre of Counter Fraud Expertise. He is one of the leaders of the Counter Fraud Function in government, consisting of over 16,000 counter fraud professionals. He leads on the use of data and data analytics to detect and prevent fraud, overseeing the performance of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) which is a national data matching and analysis service supporting 1200 organisations that since 1996 has delivered over £1.9bn in fraud savings. He also leads on data pilots across government and chairs the Board that oversees the use of Digital Economy Act data sharing powers. During C-19 he led the risk and countermeasures work for the Counter Fraud Function, supporting departments to seek out and address fraud in C-19 related schemes.

Prior to Cabinet Office Rich worked for HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service for 20 years, specialising on Organised Crime investigations and covert activity, as well as leading on Disclosure and latterly Learning/Training. 

Register here to confirm your place.

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29 September 2020


13:00 - 14:00





Costs Free

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