Fraud prevention service Cifas appoints Nick Downing as chief intelligence officer

Nick Downing

Nick Downing

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has appointed Nick Downing as chief intelligence officer. Downing was previously assistant chief constable of Kent & Essex Police, where he oversaw serious, organised, economic and cyber crime as well as being the national policing lead for financial investigations and proceeds of crime.

Prior to this, Downing worked for the Metropolitan Police Service where he pioneered work to share false identity data, and also led the national policing response to combat organised and economic crime during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

In his new role, Downing will be responsible for developing Cifas’ centre of intelligence and knowledge, as well as helping to oversee and strengthen Cifas’ interactions with law enforcement and Government departments, regulators and other high-level stakeholders.

Mike Haley, CEO of Cifas, said: “Nick’s significant experience and understanding of fraud and financial crime will be a huge asset in helping us to further develop and grow our knowledge and intelligence capability. He will also play an important role in developing new and existing relationships with key stakeholders, including those in central Government and within the anti-fraud community. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen our position as the leading fraud and financial crime prevention service.”

Downing himself informed Risk Xtra: “I’m delighted to be joining Cifas and look forward to helping the organisation build on its already strong intelligence and knowledge offering. My initial focus will be on developing a strategic intelligence assessment that will identify current and emerging threats which, in turn, will support Cifas’ members and stakeholders in furthering their proactive work in preventing fraud.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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