Our Board and members

Find out about the role of the NHSCFA board and its members.

The NHSCFA board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the organisation and ensuring we are able to account to Parliament and the public on how we deliver our functions. Information on our objectives and the services we provide can be found on the What we do page, and you can find more details on how we lead the fight against NHS fraud in our 2017-2020 strategy.

The board currently consists of a Chair, five Non -Executive Directors (one of whom also chairs the Audit & Risk Committee), a Chief Executive Officer, a Director of Finance and Corporate Governance and a Director of Performance and Improvement.

Declarations of interests for board members can be found in the declaration of interests register. To find out more about each board member please see below.

The board is supported by the Finance and Corporate Governance Unit and the Board Secretary is Ann Sturgess.

Further details regarding the role of the board can be found in the governance code for central government departments.

Board members

  • Tom Taylor (Chair) NHSCFA Board of Directors

    Tom Taylor, Chair

    Tom is a dual qualified accountant who has worked in the energy, health, education, water, agriculture, environment and manufacturing sectors of our economy. He has more than 30 years’ experience working at Board level in the public, private and third sectors as a Chair, Non-Executive Director, Chief Executive, Finance Director and Commercial Director.

    Tom is currently Chair of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, Deputy Chair, Deputy Chair/Lead NED and Audit Committee Chair for the UK Government Legal Department, a Non-Executive Board Member for the Northern Ireland Government Department of Finance (where he is a Member of the Departmental Audit Committee and Chair of NI Statistics & Research Agency Audit Committee) and a Non-Executive Director on the HMRC Audit Committee monitoring the governance of over £630 billion of taxpayer revenue which is vital to HM Treasury to fund our Public Services and stimulate the economy.

    From 2015 to 2018 Tom was Wales Chair for the Consumer Council for Water - the Consumer Watchdog for over three million residents of Wales and Herefordshire. From 2012 to 2018 he was a Non-Executive Director for the English Education Regulator - The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation where he was Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Enforcement Committee.

    Passionate about developing people to their full potential, Tom always encourages them to think outside the box. Tom has considerable experience of mergers, demergers, financial and performance turnarounds together with transformational change and has considerable experience of working in utilities and regulated industries.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Healthcare Finance Managers Association.

  • Jayne Scott, Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, NHS Counter Fraud Authority

    Jayne Scott, Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair

    Jayne is an accountant by background and is currently a financial and management consultant working with a range of public sector organisations. She was previously Director of Finance and Performance Management for Fife Health Board, board member and ARAC chair of the Coal Authority. She holds a range of non-executive appointments including Deputy Chair and Chair of Audit for the Private Healthcare Information Network. Jayne is also involved in various stakeholder and consumer engagement roles within the regulated utilities sector including chair of SGN’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel and member of Electricity North West’s Consumer Engagement Group.

  • Martin Spencer , Non-Executive Director, NHS Counter Fraud Authority

    Martin Spencer, Non-Executive Director

    Martin has a background in economics, business management and IT consulting and most recently was Senior Vice President of NTT DATA, a global digital services business that delivers infrastructure and transformation projects. Previously Martin worked for Capgemini and KPMG Consulting in UK and European leadership roles. Martin is also a Non-Executive Director at the Serious Fraud Office, the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Companies House.

  • Alex Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer

    Alex Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer

    Alex joined the NHS Counter Fraud Authority as its Chief Executive Officer in November 2021 after a 30-year career in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, where he left as Detective Chief Superintendent. He has extensive strategic, operational and investigative experience tackling fraud and economic crime.

    His career has included a range of investigative, intelligence gathering and strategic roles as well as secondments with Customs and Excise, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the National Crime Agency. From 2012 to 2015, Alex led a multi-agency task force tackling organised crime before returning to head the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit and Fraud teams. Prior to joining the City of London Police in 2017, he was the lead for a major transformation project focused on the Met’s Specialist Operations Business Group.

    His most recent role at City of London Police focused on improving the policing response to economic crime and leading the coordination of economic crime investigation for policing at a national level. In addition to day-to-day responsibilities, Alex was an active hostage and crisis negotiator during his policing career and has considerable experience in the investigation and management of kidnap for ransom.

  • Matthew Jordan-Boyd, Director of Finance and Corporate Governance

    Matthew Jordan-Boyd, Director of Finance and Corporate Governance

    Matthew is the Director of Finance and Corporate Governance of the NHSCFA. He is a qualified accountant with significant experience within commissioning organisations since joining the NHS in 2001. His previous roles have included Senior Strategic Finance Lead and Deputy Head of Finance at Health Education England, Head of Financial Strategy & Planning at Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG and Head of Financial Management at Sandwell Primary Care Trust. Matthew has a proven track record of providing robust financial control and governance and leading high performing teams.

  • Tricia Morrison, Director of Performance & Improvement

    Tricia Morrison - Director of Performance and Improvement

    Tricia is the Director of Performance and Improvement of the NHSCFA. Tricia’s educational background is in public policy and she has an MBA in Public Services Management. Tricia has extensive public sector experience predominately in local government and most recently in the NHS. Her most recent roles have included Assistant Director level posts at Warwickshire County Council for Performance and ICT and Deputy Director post for Strategy and Transformation, at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

    Tricia has a strong record of achievement in leading, delivering and driving change in a range of corporate functions including - strategy development, project and programme management, performance management, business planning, transformation, business intelligence and ICT services.

    A passionate and strong advocate for public services she is absolutely committed to ensuring NHS resources are spend on patient care and the key role the NHSCFA plays in ensuring we identify, prevent and investigate fraud across the health system.

  • Alyson Coates

    Alyson Coates, Non-Executive Director

    Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Alyson had an executive career in the biotechnology industry, science policy, management consultancy and healthcare investment banking. Alyson joined the NHS as a Non-Executive Director at the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority in 2004, before being appointed Vice Chair and Chair of the audit committee at the South Central Strategic Health Authority from its inception. In 2011 she joined Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, a mental health and community services provider, serving as Chair of the audit committee for 7 years.

    She has also held Non-Executive roles in higher education, as Chair of the finance and resources committee at Oxford Brookes University, in financial regulation at the Financial Reporting Council, and as independent member of the audit committee of the Olympic Lottery Distributor. She has recently returned from two years living in the US where she was an Independent Governor of a large academic health system in Chicago.

    In her NHS roles Alyson has worked closely with local counter fraud specialists and seen the value of the work in both in safeguarding resources for the NHS and in helping to design and assure secure processes. She hopes that her experience of governance in various sectors and jurisdictions will be helpful to that mission.

  • Gaon Hart

    Gaon Hart, Non-Executive Director

    Gaon was formerly a Senior Crown Advocate at the Crown Prosecution Service, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism Division and was CPS Lead for Public Corruption (assisting to design & prosecute the UK Bribery Act). He also helped develop the Fraud Prosecution Service (now the Specialist Fraud Division) as Prosecution team Leader. He worked inside Government for the Attorney General's Office coordinating cross-party support for the National Fraud Review, developing the UK's Counter-Fraud framework still in existence today. For the last six years he has helped design, develop and implement, HSBCs Anti-Bribery & Corruption global programme, specifically writing and embedding the policies & processes and working on systems to protect an International Bank from corruption. Currently, Gaon works as head of Public Policy for UK & Ireland, Customer Trust for Amazon, has advised a UN project & Cambridge University on the convergence of corruption and human trafficking and acts as a Lay Assessor for the College of Policing.

    Gaon has always had a passion for challenging fraudulent, corrupt and unethical behaviour, both as an academic originally lecturing on Legal Ethics, but also as a prosecutor and corporate citizen. He believes that opposing corrupt activity takes a triumvirate of Public bodies, Private organisations and Civil Society and is excited by the opportunity to bring his experience to add to the great team at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, while also appreciating he has a lot to learn!

  • Andrew Flanagan, Non-Executive Director

    Andrew is an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive. He has a professional background in finance alongside Private Sector and commercial experience in the media, telecoms and IT Services sectors. Within these arenas he has made achievements in strategy development, business turnaround, organic and acquisition-based business growth, restructuring and change management. These achievements have been underpinned by his significant experience of working with Government and public-sector bodies using his commercial and change management experience and contract negotiation skills.

    Andrew has held a variety of Non-Executive positions including roles at the NHS Business Service Authority, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, NHS North & East London Commissioning Support Units & CIPFA Business Services.