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Taking action in fundraising frauds

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

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Charities often feel anxious about taking criminal action in cases of suspected fundraising fraud even when there is clear evidence that an event has been held and the proceeds haven’t been received. Hear how Macmillan has overcome this to effectively tackle the fundraising frauds they encounter.

This session will cover:

  • How to use the criminal justice system to seek justice and recover money
  • Options/strategies available to charities
  • Key considerations and potential benefits/pitfalls
  • Case study examples


Rachel Sexton Trustee Director, Fraud Advisory Panel (chair)

Rachel is a trustee director of the anti-fraud charity Fraud Advisory Panel. She is also a partner and head of financial services practice at Ernst & Young LLP, specialising in investigations and compliance related to fraud and financial crime, including digital currencies and blockchain.

Ashley Fairbrother Senior Associate, Edmonds Marshall McMahon

Ashley has a unique expertise, specialising in privately prosecuting defendants in the criminal courts on behalf of clients who have been the victims of fraud, cybercrime and intellectual property crime. He is typically instructed by corporates, charities and individuals to assist in the investigation and prosecution of suspected fraudsters. He is also an experienced civil litigator and uses a combined skillset to find innovative ways to maximise the potential recovery of assets for clients.

Ashley has significant experience in restraint and confiscation, having dealt with the largest confiscation order (£21m) ever to be awarded in a private prosecution, R v Somaia (2016).

Robert Browell Counter Fraud Manager, Macmillan

Bob is the counter fraud manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. He has over 35 years’ experience of investigating, managing and reporting fraud in the public sector.

Professionally he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a qualified ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist’ through Portsmouth University. During his career Bob worked for several Government Departments before rising to become the Head of Counter-Fraud for the Skills Funding Agency. Prior to leaving the Civil Service he also worked closely with the Cabinet Office and the National Fraud Authority providing advice and guidance in their initiative to ‘Eliminate Fraud in the Public Sector’

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18 October, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BST
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Fraud Advisory Panel
+44 (0)20 7920 8637
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