Mark Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Serious Fraud Office

Join our briefing with Mark Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of the Serious Fraud Office, as he delivers an update on the SFO's priorities, challenges, and the current fraud trends. 


About the speaker:

Mark is the SFO’s Chief Operating Officer, a post he was originally appointed to in September 2016.  His role has recently been expanded and he now has overall responsibility for all the operational casework divisions and the corporate services functions of the SFO.  He is a member of the SFO’s Board and deputises for the Director when she is unavailable.

Mark was appointed Interim Director on 21 April 2018, pending the appointment of the next permanent Director, Lisa Osofsky, who took up her post on 28 August 2018.

His previous role at the SFO from 2012 was as Head of the Proceeds of Crime Division, which deals with confiscation, money laundering and civil recovery work across all the SFO’s cases.  In June 2015 he also took on the role of Chief Financial Officer and had responsibility for the SFO’s Finance, Procurement and Facilities Management functions.

Mark originally joined the SFO in 2004 as a Principal Investigator and worked on a range of major fraud enquiries, including the successful cases against Severn Trent Water Ltd and the directors of McAlpine Slate Ltd.  He subsequently specialised in financial investigation work and helped establish the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime team in 2009.

Prior to joining the SFO, Mark graduated from Cambridge University in economics in 1992.  He started his career as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1997 and working for the National Audit Office and KPMG Forensic.



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