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Grant fraud

20 October, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BST

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Grant fraud

Recent changes to the grant-making landscape – including those brought on by the pandemic – have created new challenges for funders trying to manage the risk of fraud. Learn how to overcome these to prevent and detect fraud throughout a grant’s lifetime.

This session will cover:

  • Current challenges and future risks
  • Distinguishing between fraud and error
  • Preventing fraud at the pre-award stage
  • The how, when and why of post award monitoring and assurance


Daniel Helps Global Deputy Head of Counter Fraud, British Council (chair)

At the British Council Daniel holds a senior managerial and strategic role combating and preventing fraud, bribery & corruption and economic crime across the global British Council network. He is also the lead investigator for the more serious cases where there is organised crime involvement. Daniel has worked in the investigation arena since 2000 for different government agencies including HM Revenue & Customs where he conducted investigations in smuggling operations, money laundering and MTIC fraud. Daniel is a trained covert surveillance operative and a digital forensic practitioner.  

Nick Blake Head of Internal Audit, National Lottery Community Fund

Nick is the Head of Internal Audit at the National Lottery Community Fund. He is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He has extensive public sector experience having been employed in the public sector since 1981. As the Fund’s Head of Internal Audit Nick oversees a team of fraud investigators who undertake investigations into suspect fraud across the National Lottery Community Fund’s grant making programmes.

Nick was the first public sector appointee to the Board of Cifas, where he served as a Non-Executive Director. Nick also works closely with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Cabinet Office in promoting the anti-fraud agenda across government.

Emma Rogers Grants Counter Fraud Lead, Cabinet Office

Emma is a Counter Fraud Subject Matter Expert, leading the Counter Fraud team within the Government Grants Management Function at the Cabinet Office. The team works at the centre of Government providing advice and guidance to support the 17 grant-making departments and their ALBs to safely deliver more than £100bn funding annually. Emma joined the Cabinet Office at the beginning of the pandemic to shape the response to COVID-19, having moved from a career in forensic integrity and disputes services at EY. She is a Chartered Accountant with a background in audit and a passion to protect public money.

Max Rutherford Head of Policy and Practice, Association of Charitable Foundations

Max is Head of Policy and Practice at the Association of Charitable Foundations, the UK membership body for grant-making charities. He provides strategic insight, policy intelligence and programme leadership, and enables collaboration and engagement between members. He represents the foundation sector to colleagues in civil society, the media, officials in government and parliamentarians, aiming to create an enabling operating environment in which funders will most effectively achieve their missions. He serves as a trustee of a national mental health charity and is a member of the Charities SORP Committee. He was previously programme manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

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20 October, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BST
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Fraud Advisory Panel
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