Founded by Peter Darby, PDA is a specialist counter fraud training and consultancy company that has gained a reputation for delivering quality products at affordable competitive prices.
Our most popular training courses are the PDA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) blended learning programme and the PDA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech). We run a number of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ (customer specific) courses each year.
All our courses can be tailored to customers’ individual requirements. Our training provides students with an opportunity to assess their learning through the completion of a multiple choice question test. On successful completion students receive a certificate to evidence their Continuing Professional Development. The training material, learning experience and environment is fully evaluated using the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model and results and findings are fed back to customers. Courses can be delivered to customers at any location both in the UK and abroad.
To find out more about how to start the experience please contact Peter on 07714 216126.
The PDA team are highly experienced Counter Fraud professionals with a variety of backgrounds having worked in the counter fraud investigation and intelligence gathering environments for both the central government, and the police.
Together we are able to offer a broad range of products and services tailored to meet the counter fraud community’s specific needs. We are all qualified trainers who also hold Accredited Counter Fraud Trainer status, awarded by the Counter Fraud Professional Awards Board.
Peter’s background is in the counter fraud investigation environment where he has worked for over 50 years. He spent 28 years in the public sector working as an investigator and investigations manager. He ended his career as the Department for Work and Pensions Professionalism in Security (PINS) Project Team Manager where he was instrumental in turning the aspirations included in the Government Green Paper, “Beating Fraud is Everyone’s Business – Securing the Future” into reality. He personally designed and developed the accredited counter fraud training syllabus, co-chaired the Professional Accreditation Board and was responsible for procuring training providers and an academic institution, to provide a development learning pathway for counter fraud investigators. This initiative to professionalise the work of investigators across the public and private sectors has significantly changed the way investigations are conducted and raised the profile of counter fraud investigators across the UK. It has now become the recognised benchmark for counter fraud investigation training across the wider fraud community. His operational career has directly involved him in all aspects of external and internal fraud and anti-corruption investigations including progressing initial enquiries, gathering evidence, witness interviewing, interviews under caution and giving evidence in court, tribunals and disciplinary hearings. At an operational level he has managed and developed regional counter fraud investigation and prosecution units within central government, working in partnership with various government agencies, police forces and departmental solicitors on several successful major investigations. At a strategic level he has developed:
- Counter fraud and security policy
- Identity fraud investigation policy and guidance
- Fraud loss measurement policy and guidance
- National counter fraud training policy and programmes
He is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and Trainer and trains counter fraud investigators and managers in all aspects of investigation on a regular basis. He is a Trustee of the Counter Fraud Professional Awards Board charity and a member of the Executive Board.
A member of the Security Institute, he is a fully qualified Local Security Management Specialist and Trainer and a Local Counter Fraud Specialist and Trainer. He has gained an Advanced Certificate of Education (Post Compulsory) from Canterbury Christ Church University College.
He has worked in a variety of Learning and Development and Security related roles for the past 20 years in both the public and commercial sectors. He spent 5 years as a Police Trainer with National Police Training before joining the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service (now NHS Counter Fraud Authority). Prior to taking on the role of NHS Operational Fraud Manager for the West Midlands region, he trained both Local Security Management Specialists and Counter Fraud Specialists in all aspects of their respective roles.
After a 2-year spell on a security project in the UAE, he has since worked with a number of high profile clients delivering University Accredited Security Management programmes in both the UK and overseas.
Andy completed 25 years’ service in the police in March 2016. He had been a Detective since 1998. As a Detective, he worked in volume crime, child protection, major crime and many murder enquiries. In 2007 he was promoted to Detective Sgt and moved into Fraud and Financial Investigation, receiving comprehensive training in both.
He completed his time in the police on a regional team tackling organised crime covering the southwest of England, utilising financial investigation and a variety of covert policing tactics available to law enforcement. At the time of leaving Andy was an accredited Financial Investigator and PIP (Professional Investigation Programme) Level 2 Investigator.
Andy then moved to HM Land Registry running a newly created Counter Fraud Strategy Team. This role included the supervision of a team involved in Strategy, Policy, Data sharing and Subject Matter Expert input to digital and other projects. He was responsible for the review and implementation of the Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Standards into the Counter Fraud Group and the setting up, design and running of the first Fraud Risk Assessment process within HMLR, including the design and presentation of Fraud Risk Assessment workshops and the reporting the results. Andy also spent time supervising the Intelligence Team.
Since leaving HMLR Andy has been working for Gloucestershire County Council within a Shared Service providing Counter Fraud Services to 3 councils and one client within the county, working on several complex criminal and disciplinary cases including procurement fraud, covid grants and theft. Andy also supported enforcement teams with their own complex large cases including interview planning and conducting PACE Interviews with inexperienced staff.
Andy is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and holds a Certificate in Fraud Risk Management and a Diploma in Counter Fraud Risk Management both from CIPFA.
She is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and Trainer.
- Fraud investigations for the MOD
- Serious Fraud Office and defendants
- Investigations under the Bribery Act 2010
- Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 investigations
PDA deliver their courses nationally and internationally, both online and at a number of UK based face-to-face training locations across the UK, including London, Manchester and throughout the Midlands.
For further information on any of our products and services please contact PDA between the hours of 8am to 8pm: