NHSCFA Public board-meeting 17th August 2023

Minutes of NHSCFA Public board meeting - FCG-BOA-MIN - Meeting – 17.08.23.

Date: 17/08/23

Meeting time: 14:00 – 14:30

Meeting title: NHSCFA Public Board Meeting (virtual)


     (TT) Tom Taylor (Non-Executive Director – Chair, NHSCFA)

  • (MS) Martin Spencer (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (AF) Andrew Flanagan (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (GH) Gaon Hart (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (AR) Alex Rothwell (Chief Executive Officer, NHSCFA)
  • (TM) Tricia Morrison (Director of Performance & Improvement, NHSCFA)


  • (SB) Sean Byrne (Head of DHSC AFU)
  • (JR) Jane Robinson (Policy Manager, DHSC AFU)
  • (TO) Tracy Owen (Deputy Policy Manager, DHSC AFU)
  • (AS) Ann Sturgess (Head of Business Support & Board Secretary, NHSCFA)
  • (KR) Kate Roberts (HR Business Partner, NHSCFA)
  • (KB) Karen Bonham (Governance & Assurance Lead, NHSCFA)
  • (SS) Sonia Sousa (Governance & Assurance Assistant, NHSCFA) note taker


    (AC) Alyson Coates (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)

    (JS) Jayne Scott (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)

    (MJB) Matthew Jordan-Boyd (Director of Finance & Corporate Resources, NHSCFA)


  • (JG) Joe Gregory (Senior Corporate Communications Officer, NHSCFA)

1. Welcome

1.1 TT opened the virtual public Board meeting at 2pm and welcomed all those present.

2. Apologies

2.1 Apologies were received from Alyson Coates, Jayne Scott and Matthew Jordan-Boyd.

3.Declarations of interest

3.1 No new declarations of interest were made.

4. Opening remarks

4.1 TT opened the meeting and briefly outlined the purpose of the Annual Report and Accounts. TT then provided a high level overview of the 2022-23 year highlighting the increase in stakeholder engagement and the good performance against our strategic objectives. The significant amount of internal change, including a physical move across London to new premises in Canary Wharf and the finalisation of the new structure and operating business model which is now being implemented were highlighted.

5. Presentation of Annual Report & Accounts

5.1 AR noted this is the first reporting period where he has been in post for the entire year and echoed TT’s sense of pride in the strength and growth of the organisation. AR also thanked TT for his leadership throughout his time as Chair of the CFA.

5.2 AR briefly mentioned the organisational change and consequent disruption it caused both to CFA staff and services we deliver. AR thanked everyone both internally and externally for supporting this project .

5.3 AR provided keynote remarks concerning the 2022-23 NHSCFA Annual Report & Accounts and highlighted the following:

  • The report covers our in-year achievements, but it also reflects the end of a three-year strategic period. One in which, years one and two particularly, were affected by the pandemic. Therefore, finishing the three-year period with £500m worth of counter fraud activity taking place against a target of £400m is a tremendous achievement.
  • Fraud will not go away and collaboration, partnerships and stakeholder engagement are essential to achieve better results in tackling fraud activity.
  • Our strategy for the next 3 years includes four pillars of activity which describe our core functions (Understand, Prevent, Respond and Assure)
  • The introduction of LIFE Values and Behaviours framework:
    • Leading
    • Influence and Empowerment
    • Fairness
    • Expertise

5.4 Noting the anticipated change to our Board members later this year, AR finalised by formally thanking Tom Taylor, Jayne Scott and Martin Spencer for the invaluable support and advice they provided in his first role as CEO. AR extended his thanks to the remaining Non-Executive Directors, Gaon, Alyson and Andrew who have also provided exceptionally valuable counsel during the course of the year.     

5.5 TT noted this was the last public Board meeting he will attend as Chair and added his thanks to Jayne Scott and Martin Spencer for their work as Non-Executive Directors over the last few years.

5.6 TT invited questions from the virtual floor however, none were tabled in advance or on the day.TT thanked all for attending and formally closed the meeting.