Stella was a dedicated professional within the fraud 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 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 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 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 will be 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, Cifas, before the final review and endorsement. The permission of the Nominee must be obtained prior to any submissions.