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.”