Following an open competition, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office this month appointed two new members to its senior management team: a chief intelligence officer and a new head of corporate services. The SFO announced the creation of these roles and the launch of the recruitment exercises on 27 September 2018.
John Kielty, who joined the SFO in 2015 as a case controller, has already taken up his new role at the SFO, in which he leads the intelligence unit to strengthen its relationships with partner agencies and the sophistication of its strategies to identify new cases and corroborate information.
Prior to becoming case controller at the SFO, he held a distinguished police career with the Metropolitan Police, where he was a detective chief superintendent. While there, he headed its Serious and Organised Crime Command and has extensive experience leading proactive intelligence-led operations, including the Flying Squad and teams dealing with kidnapping, human trafficking, and prison corruption.
“The creation of the CIO role is part of the SFO’s continuing effort to develop its response to tackling serious economic crime,” Kielty said in a statement. “Working with partners we will seek to utilise a range of law enforcement techniques, enhancing how we tackle those engaged in criminality linked to serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption.”
Head of corporate services
The SFO has also appointed Liz Corrin as head of corporate services, effective on 1 April 2019. In this capacity, she will act as chief financial officer and oversee the finance, human resources, procurement, and facilities management functions. Corrin joins from the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), where she was corporate services director.
Previously, at the Department of Transport, she established the Network Rail Sponsor function following Network Rail’s reclassification to the public sector. Prior to that, she was the deputy director, finance at HM Treasury for a number of years, and she has developed strong links within the wider finance profession across UK Government. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, her early career was in audit and assurance in the Big Four and mid-tier firms where she specialised in services to regulated businesses.
“I’m looking forward to joining the SFO and working with the corporate services teams to support all of our front-line activities in tackling the top level of serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption,” Corrin stated.