Simon Fell appointed as new Anti-Fraud Champion

Simon Fell will be responsible for driving collaboration between the government, law enforcement and the private sector to help block fraud

Simon Fell MP has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s new Anti-Fraud Champion.

Mr Fell has been the Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness since 2019. Before being elected he worked for Cifas, an industry leader in fraud prevention, for 9 years. He most recently served as its Director for External Affairs.

The Anti-Fraud Champion, which is a voluntary position, is responsible for driving collaboration between the government, law enforcement and the private sector to help block fraud, which accounts for 40% of all crime in the United Kingdom. 

Key areas of engagement include the banking, tech and telecoms sectors.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said:

"I am delighted to welcome Simon to his new position, which is at the very heart of our efforts to protect the public from fraud.

"His proven track record will allow us to build on our recent successes, which include reducing fraud by 13% and rolling out the world’s first ever Online Fraud Charter."

Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said:

"It’s a pleasure to welcome Simon to his new post as the government’s new Anti-Fraud Champion.

"I’m confident that he’ll build on the excellent work done by Anthony Browne MP, and am certain his proven experience will help the government deliver on the vital work we are doing to protect the public and stop fraudsters in their tracks."

Anti-Fraud Champion Simon Fell MP said:

"I’m delighted to accept this position. Fraud is an insidious crime that is too common and which profoundly harms those affected.

"We have to turn the tide, and I look forward to working with Ministers, industry, law enforcement, and civil society to strengthen our response and better protect society from this crime."

A central part of Mr Fell’s role will be overseeing the implementation of the Online Fraud Charter, which was agreed with 12 of the world’s biggest tech companies last month.

Commitments within the charter include verifying new advertisers, quickly removing fraudulent content and increasing the levels of verification on peer-to-peer marketplaces. These will be rolled out over the next 6 months.

Mr Fell has assumed the position from Anthony Browne MP, who has assumed a ministerial post at the Department for Transport.

Home Office
The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
The Rt Hon Tom Tugendhat MBE VR MP