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SFO appoints London accountant to board

Former associate managing editor of the Sunday Times and a London member of ICAEW Emir Feisal has been selected to join the Serious Fraud Office’s board as a non-executive director.

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July 2019

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed Emir Feisal to join its board as a non-executive director. Feisal is one of two new appointments made following an open competition and together with Martin Spencer, senior vice president of global IT services business NTT DATA, joins existing non-executive directors Ruth Evans and Tony Osbaldiston.

Feisal is a chartered accountant and fraud examiner. He has spent the majority of his career as associate managing editor at the Sunday Times where he was responsible for the organisation’s finances. He has held a wide variety of board level posts, including at St Georges Hospital, the Council of the Inns of Court and the Bar Tribunal Adjudication Service.

He said: “The SFO’s record of using the latest techniques of focused intelligence and evidence gathering, leading to successful prosecutions is widely respected. I hope to add to its core aims and values by bringing my knowledge of transformational change and stakeholder engagement, in its continuing trajectory as a global leader in fighting fraud.”

Alongside his non-executive director commitments, Feisal sits as a commissioner for the Judicial Appointments Commission, selecting candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals and as a magistrate in the Adult and Family Courts.

Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky, said: “Constructive challenge is as important for our organisation, corporately, as it is for testing our investigative and legal strategy in our individual cases, and it is where our non-executive directors add so much value.”

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