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    • 15 Dec 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-00:00)
    • Online

    Midlands Fraud Forum

    The Great Winter Discussion


    Tuesday 15 December 2020

    9.30am – 11.00am



    Online - via Microsoft Teams



    "How should organisations change how they deal with fraud in the current environment?"






    Welcome & introduction by Edward Cumming QC


    Introduction to each panellist speaker


    Discussion and audience questions 


    Concluding thoughts from Edward Cumming QC

    The debate will be chaired by Edward Cumming QC (specialist in commercial litigation and civil fraud) from XXIV Barristers Chambers and the topic of “How should organisations change how they deal with fraud in the current environment?” will be discussed by a panel of experts including:

    1.    Katie Hodson, Director of Investigations at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an international financing institution based in Switzerland.

    2.    Jim Winters, Head of Fraud Strategy and Operations and responsible for all fraud prevention and customer aftercare activities across Barclays UK.

    3.    Waheed Saleem, West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, and a member of the Strategic Policing and Crime Board responsible for holding West Midlands Police to account.  

    4.    Simon Hammond, Director of Claims Management at NHS Resolution, an impartial tribunal service for the handling of appeals and disputes between NHS England and primary care contractors.

    5.    Richard Rippin, Head of Operations at the Counter Fraud Agency, NHS Resolution.

    Panelists and Chair Mini Bios

    Edward Cumming QC, XXIV Barristers Chambers

    Edward, from Worcester, is considered “a superstar in the making” and was one of the youngest-ever QCs upon his appointment in February 2018. He specialises in most areas of chancery and commercial work as part of his busy practice.

    Edward has a particular interest in civil fraud and asset recovery disputes. He has acted in several major dishonesty and fraud cases, often involving international elements, and has extensive experience of freezing injunctions (including their discharge and abuse), orders for disclosure and other asset preservation and tracing remedies (including those involving offshore trusts).

    Testimonials: Chambers & Partners ranks Edward (exceptionally for one of his call) for eight separate specialisms – recommending him as a ‘Leading Silk’ for both traditional and commercial chancery and offshore disputes as well as in commercial litigation, civil fraud, company litigation, charities law and aviation disputes. Chambers & Partners has bestowed on him a range of plaudits.

    Solicitors say he is a “skilled drafter and a stellar advocate. His star is in the ascent”. He is “a formidable opponent, who is masterful in designing strategies to maximise returns”. He is “unbelievably hardworking and responsive, one of the best…” and “clients adore working with him; he fights to the bitter end and his thoroughness is first class”. Edward is a “good, bold advocate, who fights for his clients very well and is emotionally intelligent”, and “praised by commentators

    for his ethical integrity [and] intelligence” and said to be “refreshingly robust in his advice and very good on his feet.” “Extremely hard-working and diligent, he’s a very fine tactician.”

    Katie Hodson, Director of Investigations at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

    [mini bio to be added shortly]

    Jim Winters, Head of Fraud Strategy and Operations, Barclays UK

    Jim is Head of Fraud Strategy and Operations and responsible for all fraud prevention and customer aftercare activities across Barclays UK.  Jim has over 20 years’ experience in Fraud and Financial Crime prevention (over 10 with Barclays) and has previously worked for Egg, Experian and TSB.  Jim sits on the UK Finance Fraud Committee, acted as special advisor to the UK Finance Economic Crime Board and chairs the Banking Industry Mule Working Group. He is married with two children and lives in Shropshire.

    Waheed Saleem, West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

    Waheed is a civic leader who has held high profile positions locally and nationally.

    He is currently the West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Non Executive Director Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. Trustee of Midlands Air Ambulance and member of the CVS Honours Committee.

    His previously appointments include: Chair of the Lunar Society, the regional learned society; Trustee of NACRO, the national criminal justice charity; Vice President Asian Business Chamber of Commerce representing small and medium sized businesses in Greater Birmingham; Non-Executive Director Metropolitan Housing Association; Chair CORE Education Trust; Non-Executive Director of Sustainability West Midlands, where he chaired the judging panel for the first UK 50 Green Leaders competition; Non-Executive Director of the National Crime Squad; UK Sustainable Development Commission; Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee; Rail Passenger Committee; Government Office West Midlands; Chair of a major health and social care partnership Right Care Right Here; Chair of Groundwork West Midlands; Non Executive Director Groundwork UK; Chair BBC Audience Panel West Midlands and member BBC Audience Council England.

    He has appeared on regional, national and international TV news channels and radio stations, appeared in and written for regional and national newspapers and blogs.

    He graduated from the London School of Economics in Social Policy and is a fellow of the RSA.

    Simon Hammond, Director of Claims Management, NHS Resolution

    Simon Hammond joined the NHS Resolution senior management team on 7 January 2019 as the Director of Claims Management. Simon has a wide variety of experience in handling claims having worked for over 25 years in the insurance industry. After initially working for insurance companies he moved to work for a law firm as a lawyer while studying for his law degree part time.

    Since then he has held head of fraud roles at national law firms, before joining his previous employer, BLM, in 2009. He was promoted to associate solicitor in 2010 and to partner in 2011.

    Simon has experience of handling all aspects of claims, from policy interpretation, indemnity issues, financial ombudsman submissions, litigation and prosecution matters. He sat on the Personal Injury Sub Working Group of the Treasury’s Insurance Fraud Task Force, and has also presented at national conferences and edited a chapter of a leading insurance text book.

    Richard Rippin, Head of Operations at the Counter Fraud Agency, NHS Resolution

    [mini bio to be added shortly]

    Audience participation is, as always, most welcome and encouraged!

    The MFF is also happy to take questions from attendees in advance if there is a particular question or point that you would like the panelist speakers to discuss.

    We would also like to invite members to bring a junior member of their team with them for FREE!

    Please email info@midlandsfraudforum to register any non-members.

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