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CIFAS chief

Simon Dukes is the new chief executive of CIFAS, the UK fraud prevention sector body. He succeeded Peter Hurst, who stood down after 14 years, on September 13. Dukes was head of cyber at the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). He comes from a public service background. He has held senior roles in Government communications and public affairs and, in the early 2000s, worked with law enforcement, countering serious and organised crime in the UK.

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.’

Peter Hurst, adds:‘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.’

Simon Dukes says: ‘Since CIFAS was founded 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.’



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