Peter Tickner Associates Ltd - advice, training & consultancy around corporate governance issues

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Peter Tickner Associates Ltd provides advice, training and consultancy around corporate governance issues, including all aspects of effective internal auditing - from risk analysis and audit planning through to the experience of running major internal audit departments.

The company also specialises in dealing effectively with fraud, including fraud risk assessment and fraud awareness training, as well as consultancy and advice on fraud prevention, detection and investigation, including liaison with the police, dealing with internal disciplinary action and managing civil court cases.

About the Company

Peter Tickner Associates Limited specialises in training and consultancy around fraud and governance issues, as well as providing a specialist fraud investigation capability. The company can bring in appropriate experts to resolve cases and to support enquiries.

Although entirely independent, Peter Tickner Associates Limited has links with major partner organisations. We provide support to HIBIS Europe, a leading investigative organisation, as well as the forensic arm of RSM Tenon. We are also pleased to recognise and support IDM Limited, the specialist data mining and corporate card profiling organisation. We are a registered contractor with the Home Office, the Audit Commission and the Care Quality Commission.

About the Director

Peter Tickner has a Masters Degree from City University Business School (in Internal Auditing and Management), he is a Fellow and Chartered member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a member of the Institute of Counter Fraud Specialists.

Peter started his professional auditing and investigating career as an external auditor in the National Health Service in the 1970s, where he audited hospital groups, trusts, family practitioner committees, ambulance services and both the prescription pricing authority and the Dental Estimates Board. After a period training his audit colleagues in England and Wales he undertook the very first UK examinations of the Institute of Internal Auditors, completing his examinations in 1982 along with six other successful students. In 1983 Peter became a lecturer in systems auditing at the Civil Service College, training internal auditors in central government, agencies and local authorities to become professionally qualified internal auditors.

Peter was appointed Head of Internal Audit at Her Majestyís Treasury in February 1988, a post he held for seven and a half years, during which time he produced the first audit needs assessment and risk analysis for the Treasury and a unique rolling audit programme updating according to the inherent risks and current risks in the Treasuryís business systems. Peter also uncovered a major scandal involving the Civil Service Catering Organisation shortly before its eventual privatisation. While at the Treasury he was also responsible for the investigation that resulted in the head of a government agency being sent to prison for fraud, still the most senior civil servant ever sent to prison as the result of an internal audit investigation.

In 1995 Peter left the Treasury on appointment as the Director of Internal Audit for the Metropolitan Police in London. Here he had to build up a demoralised internal audit unit virtually from scratch, following its decimation after the Deputy Head of Scotland Yardís finances had been caught for a massive £5million fraud against the police which had escaped internal detection for seven years. Peter also very quickly discovered that a number of criminally minded individuals and criminals with convictions had infiltrated as police contractors, including a known money launderer and an armed robber, both of whom had been given works and maintenance contracts in the police. Within a year of his appointment Peter was running more investigations than audits and was given authority to set up a separate investigative branch within the Metís internal audit department to investigate contractor and staff fraud and corruption. This highly successful unit at its peak was conducting between sixty and sevent internal investigations a year and over a ten year period was able to save £24million of tax-payers money.

Having conducted sensitive and significant investigations, including investigations in the use of corporate cards and expenses of senior police officers and the initial investigation into allegations made about the award of contracts to the friend of the then commissioner of Police, Peter took early retirement in 2009 to set up his own investigative and audit business, as well as to write and give training and presentations based on his considerable practical experience.

Peter is currently Vice Chair of the Institute of Counter Fraud Specialists and Chair of the Former Metropolitan Police Civil Staff Association.

Peter Tickner is legendary among those whose job is to prevent and detect fraud for two main reasons. The first is that he has been brilliantly successful in difficult and sensitive roles, including his latest with the Metropolitan Police. The second is his unbounded enthusiasm, tenacity and courage, supported by a great sense of humour and clear communication. These qualities are so rare in our politically correct world of spin. I commend Peter's book, as well as his lectures, to anyone who really wants do deal with fraud: rather than just pretend they do.

Mike Comer, Director of Cobasco Ltd and author of 'Corporate Fraud'

How to be a Successful Frauditor is highly relevant to practitioners because a serious message runs through it. Good fraud investigators and 'frauditors' are good because they experienced; their experience has taught them why they are investigating, what they are investigating, how to investigate, when to investigate and, crucially, what to do and what not to do when they are investigating. Peter Tickner's enjoyable and entertaining book is packed with case studies, common sense and guidance that captures that message.

Alan Doig, author of 'Fraud'

Peter Tickner combines a vast experience of fraud investigation with an incisive and practical approach, laced with wit, which makes this book essential and indeed irresistible reading for anybody concerned with fraud investigation.

Ros Wright, Chair, Fraud Advisory Panel

Fraud Intelligence - Watch Your Back

Publication:
Fraud Intelligence Publication. Read this

Date:
April/May 2012.

Fraud Intelligence - For the prevention, detection and control of fraud in all its guises

Publication:
Fraud Intelligence Publication. Read this

Date:
October/November 2011.

Considerations when Outsourcing Internal Audit

Publication:
QFINANCE.com. Read this

Date:
2011.

Fraud Intelligence - For the prevention, detection and control of fraud in all its guises

Publication:
Fraud Intelligence Publication. Read this

Date:
June/July 2011.

Targeting Fraud

Publication:
Internal Auditing.

Date:
October 2010.

Dealing with the Law Ė should the case go criminal?

Publication:
Fraud Intelligence.

Date:
August/September 2010.

Fraud in the UK Ė the need for rigorous investigation in all sectors

Publication:
Anti-Fraud Network Newsletter (issue 38).

Date:
April 2010.

Fraud and Corruption in Public Services

Fraud and Corruption in Public Services

Published: October 2015

An analysis of current issues and cases of fraud and corruption affecting the public sector both in the UK and major countries with legal systems based on the UK model.

It is written for:

Counter fraud specialists and auditing professionals (internal and external auditing). This is a niche book for specialists within both auditing and counter fraud work and gives an introduction to the subject for academic researchers as well as suitable material for those training for counter fraud and audit qualifications. This is the first comprehensive book about public sector fraud and corruption since the Peter Jones book published by Gower 12 years ago. It is more up to date and covers considerable changes in both legislation and the government approach to dealing with fraud and corruption since those days.

The book is a bridge between academia and practical experience. It is both technically accurate and written from a long experienced practitionerís point of view, based around actual cases and scenarios, as well as the authorís own views on current developments over the last decade by governments to tackle fraud and corruption in public services. It is written in a very readable and entertaining style.

The book is hard hitting and pulls no punches in the authorís views about efforts to tackle public sector fraud and corruption.

It will provide a useful practical tool to aid auditors, managers and fraud investigators conducting internal fraud or corruption investigations within a public sector environment.

The Successful Frauditorís Casebook

The Successful Frauditorís Casebook

Published: April 2012

In The Successful Frauditor's Casebook, seasoned auditor and fraud investigator Peter Tickner shares the benefit of his years of experience in detecting and investigating frauds in both the public and private sectors. Through an examination of real-life examples of fraud, Peter provides insightful analysis of the factors which allowed the frauds to develop, and a robust assessment of the processes of detection and investigation in each case. He also takes a detailed look at the steps taken by the affected organizations to recover from the damage caused by the fraud, highlighting the most, and the least, successful methods.

Written in Peterís inimitable Ďno holds barredí style, The Successful Frauditorís Casebook is an interesting, invaluable and occasionally humorous resource for all audit professionals, fraud investigators and managers wanting to know more about the art of successful fraud investigationí.

How To Be A Successful Frauditor

How To Be A Successful Frauditor

Published: April 2010

This book shows how anyone who finds they need to investigate a fraud at work can conduct a successful investigation and maximise their chances of recovering stolen money. Drawing on the experiences of the author the book is peppered with real life examples and case studies of the 'frauditor's' experiences, and lessons learned the hard way.

Signed copies can be bought at the special discounted price of £24 (or €30.00 for those in the Eurozone) plus P+P directly from Peter Tickner Associates, alternatively the book can be ordered from Amazon or Wiley. You can also preview sample chapters on Google Books.

UK registered businesses or public bodies (central or local government) can send an electronic purchase order. The book, with an e-invoice will then be sent.

Cabinet Office Advisory Group

When:
2017
Info
Member of the Cabinet Office Advisory Group on Counter Fraud Standards and Training.

Crown Agents

When:
2017
Info
Crown Agents, providing ongoing support to their Prevention of Fraud and Forensic Auditing course.

Co-operation Ireland

Where:
Belfast
When:
9th October 2014
Info
Speaking at Co-operation Ireland seminar for chief executives and senior officials in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic

Institute of Counter Fraud Specialists

Where:
London
When:
9th September 2014
Info
Speaking at Co-operation Ireland seminar for chief executives and senior officials in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic

6th Fraud, Corruption and Investigations Summit

Where:
NH Barizon Place, Amsterdam
When:
1st-3rd October 2013
Info
Website

Counter Fraud training for the Crown Agents

Where:
The Crown Agents
When:
November 2013 (exact date TBC)
Info:
Providing a dayís counter fraud training for the Crown Agents under their programme for improving financial skills in commonwealth countries.

Cambridgeshire Audit Group 7th Annual Away Day

Where:
Hitchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon
When:
8th November 2012

Cabinet Office's 'Counter Fraud Best Practice Showcase Event' Workshop

Where:
Park Plaza in Victoria, London
When:
19th November 2012
Info:
Website

Counter Fraud training for the Crown Agents

Where:
The Crown Agents
When:
29th November 2012
Info:
Providing a dayís counter fraud training for the Crown Agents under their programme for improving financial skills in commonwealth countries.

IIA South West Annual Conference

Where:
Hilton Conference Centre, Congresbury, BS49 5AD
When:
24th/25th May 2012
Info:
Website

North East Fraud Forum

Where:
Newcastle United Football Club, St James Park, NE1 4ST
When:
14th June 2012
Info:
Website

BBC Panorama

Peter was featured on the BBC Panorama documentary Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story which aired in the UK on Monday 29th February 2016.

Programme description

Organised crime is the single biggest threat to the integrity of the police. With exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, Panorama has the inside story of how an organised crime syndicate arranged a hit on three police officers. Also speaking publicly for the first time are the law enforcement officials who tapped the phones of drug dealers, only to find themselves hearing corrupt police on the line.

The programme reveals how Scotland Yard woke up to the extent of corruption and the extraordinary lengths that the criminals would go to in order to undermine the police's ability to catch them.

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The Book

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Fraud and Corruption in Public Services

The book is hard hitting and pulls no punches
in the authorís views about efforts to tackle public
sector fraud and corruption

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How To Be A Successful Frauditor

"Essential reading" Ros Wright, Chair Fraud Advisory Panel.
"Highly relevant" Alan Doig, author of 'Fraud'.

Email order | Buy from Amazon

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The Successful Frauditors Casebook

The Successful Frauditorís Casebook is an interesting, invaluable and occasionally humorous resource for all audit professionals, fraud investigators and managers

Email order | Buy from Amazon