Celebrating the Best in Industry

Jessica Kimbell, GovNet
February 28, 2024

What a fantastic evening. Last Thursday we were honoured to host over 250 counter fraud professionals from across Central Government, Local Authorities, NHS and the Criminal Justice System at the Public Sector Counter Fraud Awards 2024 to celebrate the inspiring and transformational work going on to counter fraud within the public sector.

We had a record 90 nominations across 11 categories, demonstrating the size and breadth of the impact that counter fraud professionals are having across the sector and with private sector and other partners.

"It's so great that we can have events like this - where we come together and take the time to celebrate what we're all doing and achieving in trying to deal with fraud."

- Mark Cheeseman OBE

And here, it gives us immense pleasure to announce the WINNERS of the 2024 Awards!

Public Sector Counter Fraud Awards 2024

Winners of the Public Sector Fraud Awards 2024


WINNER: Apprentice or Newcomer of the Year 2024

Jake Hummerstone, Counter Fraud Apprentice, London Borough of Enfield

Sponsored by:  Intelligencia


WINNER: Female Pioneer of the Year 2024
Joanne Hornsey, Investigator, HMRC
Sponsored by:Clue


WINNERS: GCFP Member of the Year 2024

Alison Atkins, Senior Counter Fraud Manager, Government Internal Audit Agency

Graeme Bowers, Senior Counter Fraud Manager, Government Internal Audit Agency

Genette Hopley, Criminal Investigation Officer, HMRC 

In collaboration with:   Public Sector Fraud Authority

WINNER: Outstanding NHS Initiative 2024

Gareth Cottrell, Counter Fraud Manager, ASW Assurance - for the Development of the Counter Fraud Champion role in the NHS

In collaboration with:  NHS Counter Fraud Authority
WINNER: Champion for Culture & Inclusion 2024

Project Falcon & Project Crane, Avon and Somerset Police

WINNER: Outstanding Leadership Award 2024

Richard Moore, Senior Leader for North East England and the Enhanced Review Team, CFCD, Department for Work and Pensions

WINNER: Local Excellence Award 2024

The London Boroughs of Enfield and Waltham Forest Shared Anti-Fraud Service

WINNER: Team of the Year 2024

Energy Price Guarantee (EPG), Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

WINNER: Public/Private Partnership Excellence Award 2024

National Fraud Initiative (NFI) Team and Synectics Solutions

WINNER: Innovation in Fraud Prevention 2024

DWP - Counter Fraud - Enhanced Review Team

WINNER: Outstanding Contribution Award 2024

Rachael Tiffen, Director of Public Sector & Learning, Cifas
To read more about each of the fantastic winners, including why they were nominated, click here
Or to view the full Shortlist click here



In the words of Rob Malcomson MBE: "There is so much innovative, excellent, inclusive, collaborative counter fraud work happening in every corner of the public sector. Tonight we're here to celebrate all of you - to recognise your hard work and the difference you're making across 11 categories."
Our judges commented that the recipients of this year's Awards demonstrated unmatched dedication and creativity in preventing, uncovering and addressing instances of fraud an truly stand as champions in the ongoing battle against fraud.

We'd like to thank the Public Sector Fraud Authority for their invaluable support with the Awards, Dr Elisabeth Carter as our Special Guest to introduce the evening, the judges for all their contributions, and the generous support of our sponsors; Quantexa, Clue and Intelligencia, who were instrumental in creating the event.


Looking Ahead

In his opening speech, Mark Cheeseman OBE looked to the future, and why now is an exciting and impactful time to work within public sector counter fraud:

"The challenge is big, but we've never had more of an opportunity to make a difference.

We've never had more political will - we heard from two Minsters today, one from the health service and one from the centre of government, telling us their commitment to countering fraud.

We know there's an ongoing focus on this area. We know we're getting more and more legislation - the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, the Online Safety Bill, the Procurement Bill - we know we're getting more tools and more things we can use to have a bigger impact.

We also know that our voice, as passionate people who are trying to do more on fraud, is being increasingly heard and looked to for the answers, and this is a great opportunity for us to say what we need to do the job and to have that bigger impact.

So for me this is and incredibly exciting time to work in fraud.

We need to keep talking about the great work that we're doing and the impact that we're having, because it's incredibly impactful and meaningful." 


Learn About The Winners 

Read more about each of this year's winners, including why they were nominated and the projects that they're working on here!