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Master Classes


5th February 2013 - Open Source – Internet Intelligence & Investigation

Eastern Fraud Forum Masterclass : Open Source - Internet Intelligence & Investigation


09.00 hrs to 13.30 hrs Tuesday 5th February 2013

Essex County Cricket Club, Chelmsford CM2 0PG

This masterclass is presented by Dr Stephen Hill, Snopdrop Consulting Ltd and will cover the following areas:

  • Surface and invisible (deep) web searching strategies and tools

  • Advanced use of Internet search tools to efficiently be able to find more information in less time

  • How to search for find intelligence on social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

  • How to use specialist tools to automate a search and retrieve websites from online archives

  • Understanding and using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

  • Understand criminal use of the internet especially social networking sites including online gaming and currencies

  • How to determine the owner and location of a website

  • Protecting yourself when online

The masterclass is FREE for EFF members, £15 + VAT for non-EFF members or additional delegates.


09:00 - Registration and Coffee
09:30 - Masterclass commences
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch and networking

Speaker Biography:

Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, PhD
Managing Director
Snowdrop Consulting Ltd

Dr Stephen Hill is the managing director of Snowdrop Consulting Ltd, a company with the aim of providing education and consultancy to the private and public sector in fraud risk management, prevention/awareness, online investigations and data security including ISO27001 and the Data Protection Act.

Stephen spent 11 years working for a top 25 firm of accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector.

He is a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a registered charity that works to raise awareness of fraud and financial crime and how to protect against it. Stephen chairs the Fraud Advisory Panel's Cybercrime Working Group with colleagues from the public, private, and third sectors, and previously led its charity fraud research project that resulted in the report A Breach of Trust. He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s and an honorary member on the steering committee of the London Fraud Forum.

Stephen specialises in e-crime and fraud awareness with over twelve years' experience in focusing on counter fraud, cyber fraud, not-for-profit fraud, and risk management. He is a certified practitioner (CIIP) for IS027001, and has worked on a number of guides to fraud detection data security and prevention for many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and charities. He has developed and delivered a series of fraud prevention, data security, e-fraud, and Internet Investigations and OSINT courses aimed at training UK police forces (including Operation Podium in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics), private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks.

Stephen has published a book called Corporate Fraud: Prevention & Detection by Bloomsbury Professional with practical advice on all aspects of fraud and how to prevent it, with the royalties going to the charity Victim Support.

He has also written for several well-known publications, including The Sunday Times, Accountancy Magazine, FS Focus, Third Sector, Charity Finance, and the Solicitors Journal, and commented on Radio 5 and the BBC's Real Story. Stephen has contributed to many fraud and risk management publications, including CIMA's Fraud Risk Management: A Guide to Good Practice.

With a recent appointment as a Volunteer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Directive, Stephen assists fraud investigators with online investigations and speaks at schools on the dangers of the Internet and Social Networking.

As there is a restriction of numbers to this event, please return your form as soon as possible to email address of: effinfo@easternfraudforum.co.uk


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7th December 2012 - Advanced Investigative Interviewing Skills

Eastern Fraud Forum Masterclass - Advanced Investigative Interviewing Skills


09:30 hrs to 13:00 hrs Friday 7th December 2012

Council Chamber, South Cambridgeshire District Council Offices, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA

This masterclass is presented by Dr Dave Walsh, University of Derby and will examine questioning skills and strategies for disclosing evidence when interviewing suspects.

This will be of interest to anyone who undertakes witness or suspect interviews in both the public and private sectors. It should be of particular interest to those who want to take their existing skills to the next level by considering strategies for the disclosure of evidence to suspects during the interview process.

The masterclass is FREE for EFF members, £15 for non-EFF members or additional delegates.


09:30 - Registration and Coffee

10:00 - Masterclass commences

12:00 - 13:00 Sandwich lunch and networking

As there is a restriction of numbers to this event, please return your form as soon as possible to email address of: effinfo@easternfraudforum.co.uk


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29th October 2009 - Bribery & Corruption and Investigative Interviewing

Bribery & Corruption and Investigative Interviewing Masterclass


Thursday 29th October 2009, 9:30am - 12:45pm

Essex Cricket Club, Chelmsford

(Free to EFF members, £15 to Non-EFF members)

Please see the agenda and application form below:

Welcome and introductions - David Jefferies, EFF Chair

Bribery & Corruption - DS Dave Kirkham, Norfolk Constabulary and Ian Brown, GB Forensic LLP

PEACE Interview Techniques - David Jefferies, Aviva PLC

Cognitive Interviewing - Ian Brown, GB Forensic LLP


NB: Refreshments will be available.


David Jefferies - Chair of the EFF

David is currently employed by Aviva as a Senior Consultant in Financial Crime.  Prior to this he has over 20 years’ experience in finance and investigations in both the private and public sectors, including the Ministry of Defence, Department of Health and in Financial Services. David has an Honours degree in Psychology, holds both a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Fraud Management and has recently completed an MA in Fraud Management from the University of Teeside. David is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist from the University of Portsmouth. David has been Chairman of the Eastern Fraud Forum since its formation in 2005.

Det Sgt David Kirkham

David joined the Norfolk Constabulary in 1977.  His career has included postings to CID, Fraud Squad and Vice Squad.  Since 1995 he has been in charge of the Norfolk Constabulary’s Fraud Squad, which has developed to incorporate asset recovery and forensic computing, becoming the Economic & Computer Crime Unit.  He has worked on a wide variety of fraud and corruption investigations in the UK and abroad, in partnership with many private and public sector agencies.  In 2001 he was seconded as a trainer to Securities & Futures Commission in Hong Kong.  In 2002-2003 David led Norfolk’s commitment to Operation Ore the national anti-paedophile initiative.

Ian Brown

Ian is a partner in the Fraud and Risk Advisory practice GB Forensic LLP.  Prior to joining GB Forensic LLP Ian worked with the Global Consultancy Navigant Consulting; the Financial Services Authority, where as part of the enforcement management team he helped the FSA develop their criminal investigation capabilities; the Serious Fraud Office; and Essex and the City of London Police.  Ian has studied, practiced and taught Cognitive Interviewing techniques for over fifteen years.  He is also a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel for whom he is currently preparing advisory material in relation to bribery and corruption.

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25th June 2009 - Counter Terrorist Financing
This intensive, interactive training day offers a unique reservoir of material, intelligence and practical advice to combat the terrorist financing threat, including analysis on:

* Terrorist financing typologies and trends
* Law enforcement-lead insights into financial intelligence
* "An interview with a terrorist"
* SAR to conviction case studies
* Actual NTFIU case material including terrorist bank
accounts; fraudulent credit applications and ID documents

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NWFF Masterclass - 21st April 2008
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This masterclass, as brought to you by the North West Fraud Forum, is entitled: "The Impact of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in fighting fraud and organised


Monday 21st April 2008, Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm

NWDA Offices, Renaissance House, Centre Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1XB

The North West Fraud Forum invites all its members to attend the next in its series of afternoon Masterclasses.   The aim of these sessions is to raise the awareness of our members to current fraud issues and provide a forum for members to meet and discuss relevant issues.

We are extremely pleased to announce that are speaker for the afternoon will be Dermot Fairhurst an officer of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and previously of the National Crime Squad and West Yorkshire Police.

He has been involved in the pursuit of criminal assets and the investigation of money launderers since 1996 and now heads the Agency’s investigators in the north east of England.

Dermot was involved in the EU pre-accession PHARE programme based in Prague and more recently has assisted the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vietnam.

His presentation will re-visit the Proceeds of Crime Act five years on from commencement and look at case studies which illustrate its application in a variety of situations including fraud.

Please confirm your intention to attend the Masterclass by e-mail to info@northwestfraudforum.co.uk or by telephoning 01772 893552.

Members may if they wish invite guests to the event, but the names of any guests must be provided to the NWFF in advance of attending.  It is the responsibility of Members to ensure that any guests are suitable invitees and each guest can only attend one Masterclass before they will be asked to become members of the North West Fraud Forum.

NB: An attendee list to include the names and companies of those present will be available on the night- if you would prefer NOT to be included please inform us when reserving your place.

The presentation will be followed by an open session, where the Steering Group will report back on its activities to members and provide the opportunity for members to ask any questions and discuss relevant issues.

Note to all members:
  The Steering Committee is conscious of the wide geographical spread of the members and we aim to hold the Masterclasses at a range of locations throughout the North West so as to ensure that as many members can attend as many events as possible.

NEFF Masterclass - 16th July 2008
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The cost of this masterclass is (all prices include VAT):
NEFF Members - Free.
Non Members - £58.75.

A unique opportunity to hear about recent developments in anti-counterfeiting from a high quality panel of speakers, including senior representatives from the Premier League, Rangers Football Club, Trading Standards’ Scambusters and law firm Watson Burton.

Please see agenda and application form below:


09:00 - 09:30 Registration - Tea/Coffee

09:30 - 09:40 Introduction

Ed Meikle, Watson Burton, Master Class Chairman

09:40 - 10:15 The Legal Issues: Recent Developments in Brand Protection Law

Ed Meikle, Watson Burton

10:15 - 10:45 Tackling the Counterfeiters: The Role of the Sports Brand Protection Manager

Alistair Campbell, Rangers Football Club

10:45 - 11:15 Networking Break - Tea/Coffee

11:15 - 11:45 Last Orders: Public Houses, Illegal Broadcasts and Counterfeit Goods

Oliver Weingarten, Premier League

11:45 - 12:15 Enforcement: The Process of an Investigation

Tracey Donnelly, Trading Standards

12:15 - 12:45 The Bank of England's Anti-Counterfeiting Strategy

John Kendall, Bank of England

12:45 - 12:50 Closing Remarks

Ed Meikle, Watson Burton, Master Class Chairman

12:50 - 13:10 Networking

13:10 Close



Ed Meikle is a partner and the head of Watson Burton LLP’s brand protection team.  He is regarded as a leader in his field in advising on the management and protection of brands and has acted for national and multinational businesses, including Nike, JCB, DSG International, Newcastle United, Everton and Sunderland AFC.

Ed will talk about the legal issues involved in anti-counterfeiting work, including a review of recent developments and best practice.


Alistair is head of brand protection and licensing at Rangers Football Club.  He worked in Trading Standards for 15 years before becoming Rangers’ head of brand protection in 2001.  Alistair was instrumental in the introduction of security labels on Rangers’ products, helping to increase sales of merchandise through Rangers’ shops from £3.5M to £23M.  Since June 2006, Alistair has also acted as a brand protection consultant for JJB Sports, Wigan Football Club, Everton Football Club and The Irish Football Association.

Alistair will talk about the role of the brand protection manager, provide examples of actual anti-counterfeiting cases and give an insight into his work with police and trading standards.


Oliver is an in-house commercial solicitor at the Premier League with wide-ranging responsibility for commercial and intellectual property-related issues affecting the Premier League and its member clubs.  Responsibility ranges from anti-piracy strategy and enforcement to initiating and managing litigation against unauthorised decoder card suppliers and purchasers, as well as leading a class action against Google and YouTube in the USA.  Oliver is also involved in tackling ticket touting, as well lobbying at European level on media and IP-related issues, in particular for better IP rights protection for sports.

Oliver will provide a detailed insight into the unauthorised use and supply of decoder cards in the UK's public houses, detailing legal actions - both criminal and civil - that have been taken directly by the Premier League and its external enforcement agency Media Protection Services, with details about how law enforcement authorities have helped to tackle the problem.  Oliver will also talk about the Premier League's anti-counterfeiting programme and recent successes in working with trading standards and police.


Tracey is a Senior Trading Standards Officer with City of Newcastle Trading Standards. She represents the North East Trading Standards Association on Intellectual Property issues and sits on a focus group with other Trading Standards members and government officials to discuss current issues and best practice. Responsibility ranges from investigating minor offences or alleged breaches of legislation to obtaining entry warrants from Magistrates Courts when investigating such offences.

Tracey will provide information on the process of an investigation and provide examples of recent seizures carried out by Trading Standards including the showing of some exhibits.


John has worked at the Bank of England for over 25 years. He has experience in Cheque and Credit Clearing, Equity Settlements, Open market Operations, Intra-day Liquidity, Collateral Management and of course Banknotes. He has undertaken a number of supervisory, business analyst and project management roles. He currently represents the Bank on the ECB Cash Communications Working Group.

John joined the Notes Division as a Manager in the Anti-Counterfeiting Strategy Group in 2004 and was heavily involved in the launch and publicity of the £20 Adam Smith note the Bank issued in March 2007.