Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce

The Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce is the strategic decision-making body for all fraud and error, debt and grant efficiency initiatives across government.

The taskforce, which is chaired by Francis Maude, meets 6 times a year and is comprised of 6 ministers and a number of senior officials from relevant government departments. It also brings together expertise from private sector industry experts and from across the wider public sector.

Taskforce ministers

  • Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General)
  • David Gauke (Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury)
  • Lord Freud (Minister for Welfare Reform, Department for Work and Pensions)
  • James Brokenshire (Minister for Security, Home Office)
  • Baroness Stowell (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
  • Shailesh Vara (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice)

Other public sector members

  • Mark Babington (National Audit Office)
  • Martin Smith (CEO, LB of Ealing)

Private industry experts

Paul Horlick (Director, Group Fraud Risk, Barclays Bank)

Paul Horlick’s specialities are fraud risk management, investigations and intelligence management. He has expert knowledge of fraud risk and how fraud can be successfully managed within a large and complex organisation. This includes the challenges in managing diverse fraud types, understanding fraud metrics and tackling control issues that lead to fraud. Mr Horlick is a former Metropolitan Police officer, where prior to leaving the service in 2005 he led the Intelligence Unit for the Economic and Specialist Crime Directorate, New Scotland Yard.

John Smart (Partner and Head of Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Northern Europe, Ernst & Young)

John Smart specialises in investigating fraud, asset recovery and financial investigations. He also advises global companies on risk management and compliance. John has investigated many fraud and accounting issues in a broad range of industries and has built up particular expertise in financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy and utilities. He brings this experience to bear when helping clients with the design or re-design of their systems and processes. John led the work assisting the National Fraud Authority’s calculation of fraud losses to the UK in 2010, which has informed the government’s Fraud, Error and Debt initiative. He is a member of the Advisory Board at UCL’s centre for ethics and law.

Adrian Kamellard (Chief Executive, Payments Council and UK Payments Administration Ltd)

As Chief Executive of the Payments Council, Adrian Kamellard has positioned the Payments Council to ensure the needs of the public and the UK economy are better met by the payments systems including the delivery of major initiatives such as the Current Account Switch Service and, in the near future, a national mobile payments service. Before his appointment at the Payments Council, Mr Kamellard worked at the Cabinet Office where he established a strategic commercial team tasked with renegotiating high value contracts, and designing and implementing outsourced business process reengineering. His work in this area saved £800 million in 1 year.

James Waddell (Head of Debt Management, UK Asset Resolution)

Jim Waddell has extensive senior operational experience in debt management and recovery and brings much sought-after experience of deploying a variety of strategies to tackle debt stocks, in particular how best to utilise the capacity and capability of the private sector, employ analytics and benchmark performance. Prior to joining UKAR Mr Waddell held senior debt management positions in Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Morgan Stanley.

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