voluntary sector Training

Tackling Fraud in the Charity Sector

voluntary sector Training

09:15 - 16:15

Thursday 21 November 2019

Central London


According to the Annual Fraud Indicator (AFI) it is estimated that fraud costs UK charities over £2.5bn a year.

In 2018 The Charity Commission published a report on insider fraud suggesting that most charity fraud cases are enabled by the organisation having a lack of appropriate controls. Therefore, with reported fraud rising at an alarming rate it is vital for charities of all shapes and sizes to protect their income and assets by building strong defences.

Join this Tackling Fraud in the Charity Sector training course to find out not only what types of fraud can affect your organisation but most importantly what measures you can take to prevent it. This training will provide those operating within the sector with practical advice on how to implement a counter fraud policy in your organisation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover how fraudsters utilise varied fraud activities from ransomware to fake fundraising schemes that can affect you from within and outside of your organisation
  • Learn how to develop counter-fraud strategies within a charity setting, as well as, conduct investigations relating to fraudulent activity 
  • Discover how other organisations are incorporating fraud prevention strategies into their everyday operations
  • Create a comprehensive plan to ensure the effective design and implementation of counter-fraud strategies in your organisation

Dave Carter, Director, Charity Fraud Solutions 

Robert Browell, Counter Fraud Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support


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Dave Carter, Director, Charity Fraud Solutions 

Dave has been Head of Counter Fraud for two major international charities, where he was brought into new roles to design, build and then run their global counter fraud functions.

In both organisations Dave had global responsibility for fraud and crime management, including awareness raising, reporting and detecting, responding and prevention – plus leading on investigations. He devised and implemented the key strategies which allowed for this risk to be management in hostile environments, and on occasions during the worst humanitarian disasters that have occurred in modern times. Travelling extensively, Dave built a global team to support the operational function, to provide reassurance to trustees & donors, and to ensure compliance with legal & regulatory responsibilities.

The majority of Dave’s career was spent within the City of London Police, where he served for 14 years, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Most of this time was spent as a detective investigating serious and major crime, including homicide, until he moved into the Economic Crime Directorate of what is the national lead force for fraud. Whilst there he specialised in international fraud, especially those involving organised crime groups targeting uk banks, whilst head of the specialist unit, the Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit.

Dave is a member of the Charity Commission’s Charities Against Fraud Group and a Special Advisor to the Fraud Advisory Panel.



Robert Browell, Counter Fraud Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

Bob is the Counter Fraud Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. He has over 35years 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’.   

Prior to joining Macmillan Bob worked for the Hertfordshire Constabulary designing and introducing an effective Bail Management Process.

Consequently Bob possess a wide range of specialist skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications relating to the fraud investigation environment which he is now utilising for the benefit of the charity sector. 




Trainer’s Welcome & Introduction

Dave Carter, Director, Charity Fraud Solutions 


What is Fraud and How Do We Tackle it?

  • Providing an understanding of what fraud is, including discussion on other relevant and related topics
  • Discussing how the economy can affect patterns and types of fraud and when you can expect an increase in fraudulent activities, i.e. during a recession
  • Providing an overview as to how fraudulent activity can impact a charity, and why it is important to develop effective counter-fraud strategies
  • Providing comprehensive analysis on what types of fraud affect the charity sector including false representation, bribery & corruption, and managing conflicts of interest
  • Discussing real-life examples of fraud cases and outlining what can be learnt from them


Morning Break


Workshop: Developing an Effective Counter-Fraud Strategy within a Charity

  • Creating a professional counter-fraud function to manage fraud cases and historic allegations in order to improve public confidence in financial management in the voluntary sector
  • Formulating a new fraud reporting procedure to ensure the recording of incidents and support capacity for formal investigations
  • Enhancing fraud awareness and financial procedures, leading to a rise in reported cases across the charity
  • Sharing insights in the challenges and opportunities resulting from the design and implementation of a counter-fraud function within a charity

Robert Browell, Counter Fraud Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support (CONFIRMED)




Outlining Innovative Approaches to Countering Fraud

  • Implementing fraud risk assessments to scope the scale of existing and potential fraudulent activity
  • Developing an anti-fraud culture and ensuring your staff are informed about any activities related to prevention
  • Creating robust fraud deterrents by taking a strong anti-fraud stance and implementing effective counter-fraud processes across your organisation
  • Putting in place strategies to detect fraud through effective whistle-blowing arrangements to deter and combat internal fraud cases
  • Ensuring fraud investigation processes are well informed, fair and objective
  • Learning from incidences of fraud and implementing recommendations post investigation


Afternoon Break


Designing and Implementing a Fraud Prevention Plan in Your Organisation

  • Identifying fraud by highlighting the different types of red flags, and learning how to respond to each of them
  • Profiling a fraudster; who is likely to commit fraud and understanding why
  • Examining legislation and resources that are designed to support charities in preventing fraud and mitigating outcomes
  • Discussing who is responsible for fraud prevention in your organisation and why good practice in fraud risk management matters
  • Measuring how well your organisation is protected from fraud and reviewing your own strategy and how it can be improved
  • Analysing how your organisation can take a more proactive approach to fraud based on your internal structures and policies
  • Designing a strategic fraud prevention plan that you can implement in your organisation to decrease the possibility of fraud and increase resilience


Short Exercise in Identifying Fraud Risks and Mitigations in Your Organisation


Evaluation and Closing Remarks

*Programme subject to change

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In-house Option

We can also run this course for you, at your organisation, at a time and date that suits you. Please email inhouse@insidegovernment.co.uk for more info.