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Former SFO director Sir David Green named chair of Fraud Advisory Panel

SIR DAVID Green CB QC, a former director of the Serious Fraud Office, has become the new chair of the independent fraud watchdog the Fraud Advisory Panel. Sir David takes over from David Clarke, who leaves after three years in post as chair.

Commenting on his appointment, Sir David observed: “I’m delighted to become chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel. I’ve been dealing with fraud for the past 40 years, as a practicing barrister, as director of revenue and customs prosecutions and, latterly, as director of the Serious Fraud Office.”

Sir David continued: “I understand well the devastating impact fraud can have on individuals, organisations and society as a whole. I will lead the Fraud Advisory Panel on educating the public in the recognition of fraud and in raising awareness of new frauds as they emerge. I hope to reinforce its core mission: to advise Government, business and the public on how to prevent, detect and report fraud.”

Outgoing chair David Clarke said: “It’s been a privilege to lead the Fraud Advisory Panel and I’m extremely proud of the amazing work we’ve done to try and minimise fraud, especially so during the pandemic. Despite this, fraud remains a widespread problem and criminals will continue to look for ways in which to exploit people. With Sir David’s leadership, the Fraud Advisory Panel will remain at the forefront of the fight to protect members of our society from fraudsters and cheats.”

Clarke served as a Trustee for over 12 years and will continue to be involved in the Fraud Advisory Panel as an active member.

Serious Fraud Office

Sir David spent three years as a senior consultant at international law firm Slaughter and May until his departure at the end of October last year. He served as director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for six years between April and April 2018. In that role, he raised the profile of the SFO and oversaw significant criminal investigations and prosecutions, making use of the Bribery Act and Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Sir David was director of the central fraud group at the Crown Prosecution Service in 2010-2011 and director of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office from November 2004 until 2010. Prior to that, Sir David was a barrister in private practice for 25 years.

He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court and Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

The Fraud Advisory Panel is the voice of the counter-fraud profession and wholly committed to tackling fraud and financial crime. It aims to strengthen fraud resilience by championing Best Practice in fraud prevention, detection, reporting, investigation and prosecution. That aim is furthered through education, advice and research.

Its members come from a wide range of professions and sectors, but are united by their determination to counter fraud. This diversity gives us knowledge, experience and authority.

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