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The Board

The Board is responsible for the entrepreneurial leadership of the organisation: setting strategic direction and aims and measuring performance against strategic objectives as well as scrutinising risks and controls. It is responsible for determining Cifas’ vision, mission and values and holding the Chief Executive account for the organisation’s performance. The Board is led by the Chairman and also has oversight of the Advisory Board and its work.


Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman

Lady Barbara, a trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship, has had a successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors, and across various industries including energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, retailing and the financial services industry. She is currently national Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors and completing her second term as Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. She is also a UK Business Ambassador. Visit the Institute of Directors website for a full career timeline of the "best connected woman in Britain". 

Arnold Wagner OBE, Senior Independent Director

Arnold was previously Director of Human Resources at Smiths Group plc. He is now the Chairman of the Pension Protection Fund and has also served as a Non-Executive Director at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, where he chaired the Remuneration Committee. Arnold is active in voluntary and charitable work in the social care and education sectors, and he was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his services to education. He takes over from Mick O’Neill as Senior Independent Director of Cifas.

Rob Fraser, Non-Executive Director

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in technology and consulting roles. Most recently he was IT Director for J Sainsbury’s plc, overseeing the most significant investment in IT platforms in over a decade, and chairing the Information Security Committee. Prior to that Rob was Vice President for Retail and Consumer Products at Computer Sciences Corporation, and Group IT Director at Boots. Rob is Chairman of Chris Fraser Associates, a digital consultancy servicing some of the UK’s largest companies. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the University of the West of England, and a Board advisor to tech startups E:Fundamentals and HubBox.


Penny Avis, Non-Executive Director

Penny is a former corporate finance partner and board member of Deloitte UK LLP, with wide-ranging merger and acquisition and accounting experience. As a Deloitte partner, she specialised in due diligence for corporate and private equity acquirers across a wide range of sectors, including consumer business, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. She is a qualified accountant (ACA, ICAEW) and a member of the Deloitte Academy. Penny remains involved with Deloitte as Chair of the Former Partners Association for London and the South Region. She is also a non-executive director at Equitable Life and Envestors, a private corporate finance business.


Alison Dolan, Non-Executive Director

Alison is the Chief Strategy Officer at News UK, a position she has held since January 2017. Prior to that, she spent the past 15 years at Sky, where for the last five years, she was the Deputy Managing Director for Sky Business - Sky’s B2B arm. Previously she was Sky’s Group Treasurer and a divisional Finance Director for ten years. The majority of her career has been in Treasury, primarily within the Telco sector, issuing debt and managing risk for companies such as Energis, One2One and FirstMark Communications.

Also on the Board:

Simon Dukes, Cifas Chief Executive

Mike Haley, Cifas Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary


The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has delegated responsibility from the Board to monitor the operational effectiveness of Cifas, and understand and represent the interests of its principal stakeholders (Cifas’ membership, but also other users of its services including members of the public).  In fulfilling this purpose, the Advisory Board advises both the Executive and Board.


Heather Laing, Home Office and Chair of the Advisory Board

With considerable experience of fraud investigation and management in the public and private sectors, Heather is Deputy Director, UK Visas and Immigration at the Home Office. Previously Head of Counter Fraud Services at the Student Loans Company - the first large public sector organisation to join Cifas - she has also worked at the Department for Work and Pensions, HMRC, NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services and Siemens IT Solutions.


Graham Isle, Black Horse

As Senior Manager, Dealer Support and Decision Risk for Lloyds Asset Finance, Graham's responsibilities include Motor and Leisure Dealer Wholesale Stock Funding and Retail Relationship Risk Management. With substantial experience in the financial services industry, he now heads up a UK Contact Centre team managing fraud prevention and credit risk policy. 

Howard Rawstron, Lloyds Banking Group

Having worked in a number of financial institutions, Howard's current role is Head of Fraud Risk Management Framework for Lloyds Banking Group with accountability for the Fraud Industry, Policy and Risks.  

Ian Walker, Skipton Building Society

Ian is the Head of Financial Crime at Skipton Building Society and has worked in crime prevention for a number of years. Before joining the Society he implemented and lead a team targeting staff fraud at Betfair and prior to this worked in organised crime intelligence for the New Zealand Police.


Ursula Jallow, LV=

Ursula has over 20 years’ experience within the crime prevention and detection field and the majority of that time has been within the Insurance industry.  Ursula is currently Head of Group Financial Crime Intelligence and Crime Solutions at LV= and during her 9 years with LV= has held a number of successive roles which have seen her implement and lead LV’s  first General Insurance Fraud and Group Financial Crime functions. Ursula is also a Technical Board Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau,Management Board Director of the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and a member of the ABI Financial Crime Committee representing the insurance industry.

Richard Beavis, Hitachi

Richard has worked in a succession of roles at Hitachi Capital and is currently Head of Risk.  Before moving to Hitachi, Richard had worked for Barclays in a wide variety of roles and with varying responsibilities, including operational, sales and risk both in branches and at Head Office. He has specialised in financial services throughout his career.



Alistair Urquhart, Telefonica UK (O2)

Alistair is Head of Fraud & IT Security with over 15 years leadership experience in telecommunications fraud management, disclosure, investigations, commercial finance and information security. Having held prior diverse roles in credit management and finance, his responsibilities now also encompass broader aspects of information, technical intrusion and data security. Industry experience includes positions within the GSM Association International Fraud Forum, National Policing Data Communications Group and the Communications Crime Strategy Group. 

Dave Laramy, Capital One (Europe) plc

Dave is the Head of Fraud Strategy & Analysis at Capital One with responsibility for fraud systems, models, rules, analysis and investigations. Dave has worked in fraud prevention for over 12 years and has previously held various senior fraud prevention roles at both Santander UK and Barclays.

Neil Watts, Citizen Advocate

Neil is an economist and experienced secondary school headteacher who taught economic awareness and citizenship to high school students for many years. He is currently a member of the Complaints Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), a Board member of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and a lay member of the Architects Registration Board. He was previously a Council Member and Deputy Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, and is on the Board of Trustees of the charity SHINE.


Also on the Advisory Board:

Simon Dukes, Cifas Chief Executive

Mike Haley, Cifas Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary




Simon Dukes, Chief Executive

With a background in the public sector, Simon has held senior roles in a variety of specialisms, in particular defence, security and policing.  He has also had experience of Government communications and public affairs.  Prior to joining Cifas he was Deputy Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure with responsibility for cyber security.  Simon is also a Trustee of the Museum of East Anglian Life.


Mike Haley, Deputy Chief Executive

Mike has over 25 years experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not for profit sectors, including considerable experience directing investigations, as well as developing prevention and detection strategies. He has led investigative teams in the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue & Customs and Solicitors Regulation Authority. He also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies including on mortgage fraud and identity crime. He joined Cifas as Deputy Chief Executive in May 2015.