The Stella Walsh Award
Excellence in the fight against fraud
Terms and Conditions of Award


In March 2008 The Fraud Women's Network announced that there would be an annual award dedicated to Stella Walsh who was a key founding member of the Fraud Women's Network which started life in early 2004.

Stella was a dedicated professional within the fraud prevention arena at a time when there were few women prepared to enter what had traditionally been regarded as a strongly male environment. Throughout her career working in fraud prevention she set new standards for her peers. Her strength of character and determination to ensure that the best result was always achieved through her dedication and meticulous attention to detail was well known. Her approach to fraud prevention could be described as persistent and determined, and was always accompanied by a strong sense of humour which stayed with her until her premature death from cancer at the age of 40.

As a mark of respect for Stella Walsh, the Fraud Women's Network (FWN) launched the award at there annual event on the 6th March 2008.

The winner of the Stella Walsh Award in 2017, which was sponsored by Cifas, was:

Rachael Tiffen from CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre who was awarded for her long term commitment to fraud prevention and received the Lifetime Achievement Award


We would also like to congratulate our two runners up:

Christine Farrow, from FFA UK, who was nominated for the use of collaboration in fraud prevention; and

Charlotte Green from Vodafone who was also nominated for the use of collaboration in fraud prevention.

We will be seeking nominations for 2018 early next year and will be asking FWN members to nominate either a fellow member or someone within the industry who has achieved any of the following:

    The Nominee’s contribution can be within any area of the fraud arena. The reasons for nomination may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

    •        Rising star

    •        Use of collaboration and/or an innovative solution in fraud prevention

    •        Leading a successful fraud prevention team

    •        Long term commitment to preventing fraud (i.e. a lifetime achievement)

    Nominations will only be accepted in the format requested; this is a specific nomination form which will be no more than 1000 words and no less than 500 words. No responsibility can be accepted for incomplete, illegible, lost or damaged entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.  

    All nominations will be reviewed by a sub-committee consisting of two Steering Committee Members of the FWN and a representative of the sponsor of the Award, before the final review and endorsement. The permission of the Nominee must be obtained prior to any submissions.





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