Scott has been working in the local government counter fraud arena since 1991. An accredited Counter Fraud Manager specialising in covert surveillance, he has trained international police forces in surveillance techniques. Scott took on his current role in 2014 and under his leadership, Oxford Investigation Service has prevented fraud losses and generated revenue of over £12 million for Oxford City Council and over £5 million for partner organisations. Scott has successfully commercialised the Investigation Service and the team now enjoys partnership working arrangements with 14 different client organisations, providing a robust counter fraud stance across Oxfordshire and beyond.
Senior Investigation Officer/Project Manager
Mick has worked in the Fraud Arena for over 30 years. This has been mainly with Local Authorities, but he started his career in Central Government. More recently working in the technology sector developing smart data analytics solutions and in the Gambling sector where he dealt with fraud, organised crime and money laundering in an international on-line environment.
Mick is Senior Investigation Officer /Project Manager at Oxford City Council and leads on fraud risk assessment and the development of a data-matching service. His experience from the business sector is helping with the aims and ambitions of Oxford Investigation Services around innovation.
Mick has represented Local Authorities at the LGA and on the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. He established a national CPD scheme and a set of Professional Standards and is currently part of the Cabinet Office Cross Sector Advisory Group.
Senior Investigation Officer
Rob joined Oxford City Council as a Senior Investigation Officer in Jan 16 having previously retired from Thames Valley Police after 25 years. Whilst in the police he managed a team of detectives dealing with highly sensitive intelligence and giving advice to senior detectives around covert tactics and deployment. He spent the majority of his Police career on the Criminal Investigation Department and has dealt with cases such as Murder, Rape, Serious Assaults, Firearm Incidents and Terrorist related enquiries. Since joining the council he has managed a team of investigators and intelligence officers dealing with reactive and proactive investigations. Rob has been the chair of the Thames Valley Tenancy Fraud Forum since Jan 16 and he also sits on the National Executive Board of the Tenancy Fraud Forum
Ben Simmons has been with Oxford Investigation Service since December 2015. Prior to this he gained 6 years’ experience as a Police Officer where he gained an NVQ level 3 and 4 in Policing. He then spent a year investigating in the private sector for a successful retailer. Highly adaptable, he has a proven track record of delivering success for Oxford City Council and a wide range of partner organisations in a variety of investigations.
At the current time, Ben manages the fraud investigation service for a partner organisation.
Ben is also involved in mentoring and developing staff members within the organisation as well as developing conflict resolution training packages.
Dan has worked as a local authority investigator for ten years. He spent the first six years investigating environmental crime and anti-social behaviour and has worked in fraud for the last four years. Dan is currently leading on the use of a data warehouse and data-matching service to detect housing and Council Tax discount fraud, where significant savings are being made. He is passionate about making the best use of technology and data in the fight against fraud.
Ken has been a fraud investigator since 2000. Prior to this he spent 40 years with the police as an officer and in civilian roles. Ken is an Accredited Counter Fraud Manager who has also completed a Certificate in Higher Education in Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies at Portsmouth University. Ken is an expert in the investigation of Non-Domestic Rates, housing tenancy fraud and Blue Badge misuse.
Having joined Oxford Investigations in January 2018 Nicole Sollitt-Hayes brings a wealth of investigative, compliance and audit knowledge with her from 20 years spent as a commissioned Officer with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. As an expert in her field of Excise taxation and legislation Nicole has been both the lead officer and disclosure officer on high profile Cigarette and Alcohol cases involving criminal gangs. She also made a significant contribution to policy making within HMRC in regard to Excise Taxation. In addition to this Nicole is a qualified Health and Safety Officer and has vast experience of risk and risk assessment in many areas. She is now keen to utilise all of her skills and knowledge in the fight against housing and council tax fraud. Nicole holds a level three Diploma in Compliance and another in Health and Safety.
Gareth joined the Oxford Investigation Service in February 2018. Prior to this he had 8 years’ experience as a police officer and worked in a local CID team of detectives. In this time he gained a Policing Diploma. Gareth has extensive investigative experience, latterly in complex cases with a particular focus on robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults and frauds.
Gareth jointly provides fraud investigation services to a partner authority and is involved in the delivery of Fraud Awareness training sessions.
Dave has recently joined the team after a 30 year Police career where he held the rank of Detective Inspector. Dave has carried out investigations all over the world and has just returned from leading a major investigation in a British Oversea’s Territory.
Dave is a very experienced adaptable investigator with a documented record of success. He is highly qualified in all aspects of case preparation including disclosure and holds the ‘Tier 5’ interview expert qualification. Dave has previously held a training/staff development portfolio and delivered training to Police services and partner organisations.
In September 2016, Aleksi joined the Oxford Investigation Service as an apprentice with aspirations to develop his career quickly within the team. Prior to joining Oxford City Council he completed his national service with the Finnish military after completing A-Levels. He has since come a long way and quickly adapted to become a highly efficient and achieving member of the team as an Intelligence Officer for both Oxford and its partners.
Nathalia started work at the council as a Customer Service Officer in 2016 after completing a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School. Prior to this Nathalia gained a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Oxford Brookes University and went on to pursue a Masters in International History at the London School of Economics. She then moved to the Czech Republic where she interned for 2 non-governmental organisations focusing on human rights and cross cultural educational programmes.
Nathalia joined the Investigations Team in 2017 as an Intelligence Officer. She is responsible for building high quality intelligence packages as well as jointly leading the Right to Buy due diligence process.. Nathalia also represents the team’s interests at Customer Service Excellence Meetings, feeding back and contributing towards Oxford City Council’s ongoing accreditation.
Intelligence Support Apprentice
Joining us in September 2018 as our newest apprentice, Magnus had previously been Head-Boy at his sixth form college where he ran an “importance of the electoral process” workshop in conjunction with the Oxford City Council, as well as delivering online safety workshops to the younger students at his school. Most recently he has worked as a bar manager in East Oxford where he developed an interest in finances and is now focusing on completing his apprenticeship and moving to the next stage of his career.
Magnus began to deliver results immediately following his introduction to the team, having an impact on New Homes Bonus projects for Oxford City Council and its partners worth tens of thousands of pounds of increased revenue.