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Laura Eshelby

Head of Counter Fraud Professionalisation
Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

Laura Eshelby is the Head of Counter Fraud Training and Professionalisation in the Centre of Expertise for Counter Fraud and Error reduction in the Cabinet Office. The Fraud and Error team work closely with Ministers, senior leaders in Government and central Government Departments to agree the agenda on dealing with fraud and error loss in the public sector.  A key part of this work to find more fraud is to increase the capability of those working in Counter Fraud and Corruption roles across Government. Laura leads the work to develop Professional Standards, guidance and the infrastructure to develop a Counter Fraud and Corruption Profession for Government. Laura started her career as an Auditor in the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. She then moved to the Special Investigation team where she developed her skills in financial & fraud investigation, before progressing to the role as the Head of the Counter Fraud & Investigations Unit for the LAA. Laura built up considerable experience at leading and managing complex investigations, with a focus on multi agency responses and the use of data sharing to tackle Fraud, prior to joining the Cabinet Office in 2014.