Brian Sims

Winners of 2021 Tackling Economic Crime Awards announced

THE WINNERS of the third edition of the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) were announced on Monday 6 December during a virtual awards ceremony where representatives from across the financial crime prevention sector tuned in live to celebrate the outstanding achievements of all this year’s finalists and winners.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the TECAs – for which Security Matters once again served as Official Lead Media Partner – hosted the awards ceremony with assistance from Alan Dedicoat (known to many of you as ‘The Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery), as well as various sponsors and judges.

In his opening address, Gill noted that the past 18 months had provided both challenges and opportunities for the sector, with 2021 witnessing the most entries since the inception of the TECAs three years ago. This fact alone clearly demonstrates the excellent work that’s taking place in the fight against all forms of economic criminality.

Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM of the City of London Police made a guest appearance whereupon he reflected on his time as a chief officer lead on the topic of economic crime pending his imminent retirement from policing.

As always, the winners of the TECAs were selected by an independent panel of judges and the awards presented in 12 categories to a deserving array of public, private and third sector organisations and individuals.

The 2021 winners of the TECAs are as follows:

Outstanding Team

HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, Cardiff and the Financial Development Team, London

Outstanding Manager or Director

Neil Green (Government Internal Audit Agency)

Outstanding Policing Initiative

Economic Crime Operations and Strategy Teams Civil Recovery Workstream (HMRC Fraud Investigation Service)

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

NatWest and Nuance (Tackling Fraud Together)

Outstanding Partnership

Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce Tax Crime and Evasion Threat Group

Outstanding Training Initiative

Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit Protect Team

Outstanding New Product

HSBC Fraud and Cyber Awareness App

Outstanding Investigator

David Campbell (HMRC)

Outstanding Prevention Initiative

National Trading Standards Scams Team/Call Blockers

Outstanding Young Professional

Samuel Dean (HMRC)

Outstanding Tackling Economic Crime Professional

Claire Jenkins MSc FCCA (Companies House)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Bamford (HMRC)

The event organiser would like to thank all those who helped to make the 2021 TECAs such a success, including industry associations and their representative judges, the sponsors (namely Altia, Cifas and the Nineteen Group) and this year’s media partners, specifically Security Matters (in the role of Official Lead Media Partner), International Security Expo, International Cyber Expo and The Investigator magazine.

*Summaries of all the 2021 winners can be viewed on the TECAs website, while the awards ceremony live stream can be viewed on demand here

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