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Simon Dukes joins CIFAS as new Chief Executive

By CreditMan Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CIFAS – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Dukes as the organisation’s new Chief Executive from 13 September. He succeeds the current Chief Executive Peter Hurst who is standing down after 14 years’ sterling service.

Simon moves to CIFAS from his role as Head of Cyber at the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). His background is in public service and in defence and security in particular. He has also held senior roles in Government communications and public affairs and, in the early 2000s, he worked with law enforcement, countering serious and organised crime activity in the UK. Simon brings with him a collaborative approach to working with diverse organisations (within the private and public sectors) in the UK and overseas. Highly experienced in helping develop UK Government policy on, and delivering, cyber protective security advice to industry, his skills will be a great asset to CIFAS. His work with CPNI will be familiar to many in the fraud prevention, law enforcement and cyber communities.

CIFAS Chairman, Ken Cherrett, says ‘I am delighted that Simon has accepted the role. He is an experienced, well-respected figure within the public sector. CIFAS has developed significantly in recent years to meet the evolving needs of organisations in the fight against fraud. Simon possesses a strong mix of industry knowledge, relevant background, plus communications and management skills and we are fortunate to have found an individual of his calibre to carry on the outstanding work and continued innovation achieved under Peter’s leadership.’

Current Chief Executive, Peter Hurst, comments ‘I look forward to supporting Simon while he settles into his new role. CIFAS continues to bring increasing levels of sophistication to the fight against fraud and I have every confidence that Simon’s experience and skill set make him just the right person to build on this important work.’

‘Since CIFAS was founded’ said Simon, ‘it has helped its membership to prevent fraud losses of over £8 billion. I am very excited to join such a successful organisation, particularly at such an important time in fraud prevention in the UK. I look forward to building on the excellent work that Peter and the team have accomplished over the past 14 years.’