The South West Fraud Forum: 2023 Conference | 10 March
The South West Fraud Forum (SWFF) is delighted to invite you to our first in-person event on Friday 10 March 2023. Due to nearing in-person capacity, we are delighted to extend the invite to you to join the event online!
This event will include a keynote speech from Chair of the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee, Baroness Nicky Morgan.
The Rt Hon the Baroness Morgan of Cotes (Nicky Morgan) is a former Conservative MP and Minister. She is now a member of the House of Lords and has a portfolio career with roles across the private and public sectors, including as a Non-Executive Director at Santander UK, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the Association of British Insurers, the Careers & Enterprise Company and is a Trustee of the Science Museum Group.
Nicky also chairs the East Midlands Institute of Technology Board and the Advisory Board of the Reform think tank. In 2022 Nicky was asked to chair the UK Commission on Covid Commemoration. Last year she also chaired a House of Lords Special Inquiry into the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud – the report was published in November 2022.
Nicky served in the Cabinets of David Cameron and Boris Johnson as, respectively, Minister for Women & Equalities, Education Secretary and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary. She also chaired the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee for 2 years. She was the Member of Parliament for Loughborough between 2010 and 2019. Before being elected she worked as a solicitor specialising in M&A.
The Committees’ recent report Fighting Fraud: Breaking the Chain has provoked the headline: “The UK has retreated from the fight against fraud” and raises questions of all those involved in the fraud prevention/response community. Therefore, the SWFF is keen to draw its members together to reflect on the challenges and proposals made in the report – with the aim of collective learning from private, public and 3rd sector practitioners.
Date and time
Friday 10 March 2023 | 09:00 – 13:30
Teams (a link will be sent to those registered)
Coffee and Registration (from 09:00)
Welcome and Introduction (10:00)
Steven Richards, Co-Chair of the South West Fraud Forum and Partner at Foot Anstey
Keynote Speaker (10:10)
The Right Hon. the Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Chair of the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee
Guest Speaker (10:40)
Detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Bradford, Head of National Lead Force Operations, City of London Police
Detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Bradford is currently the Head of National Lead Force Operations for the City of London Police. He has responsibility for delivering a number of key strands from the force’s various Economic Crime strategies and units from Fraud Operations, Funded Operational Units, the Economic and Cyber Crime Academy and Force Engagement across England and Wales.
In 2018, he was selected to represent National Lead Force through secondment into the National Economic Crime Centre at the National Crime Agency and oversaw the operational element having spent the previous 3 years as the Head of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.
In 2019, Matthew achieved his Masters in Criminology and Police Management (MSt Cantab) in which he developed skills in leadership, implementation methods and application of academic techniques to police problem solving challenges.
Having held all of the detective ranks from Constable to DCS in the economic crime field, he has developed skills in fraud typologies, investigative methods, team and unit management and application of governance structures to achieve outcomes.
Guest Speaker (11:30) – Cryptocurrencies and Consumer Protection: Caveat Emptor
Dr Henry Hillman, Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, specialising in financial crime, cryptocurrencies, and commercial law.
Henry will discuss: The level of protection afforded to consumers in the majority of circumstances has been generally increasing for decades, however, cryptocurrencies are an anomaly in this regard as consumers are seen to be vulnerable to a myriad of frauds. The fraud threats posed by cryptocurrencies, and the reaction of the FCA will be appraised, drawing the conclusion that consumers are poorly protected in cryptocurrency markets and warnings from relevant authorities amount to little more that the age-old principle of caveat emptor.
SWFF Panel Discussion (12:00) including: James Gliddon, Co-Chair of the South West Fraud Forum and Partner at Foot Anstey, Dr Samantha Bourton, Lecturer in Law, University of the West of England and others.