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Financial investigation award for trading standards officer

FinancialInvestigationTSI member Joanne Bramley, from North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards has picked up a gong at the seventh annual Keith Hughes Awards.

Ms Bramley won the Financial Investigation Individual Award at the ceremony, which recognises the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of financial investigation to fight crime.

Nominations from a wide range of government departments and law enforcement agencies were submitted for the awards.

The Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “Congratulations to Joanne Bramley, it is great to see the hard work and dedication of a trading standards officer recognised in this way on a national stage. It goes to show the great strength trading standards have in financial investigations, just one of the myriad facets of the job.
“The award is a fantastic personal result for Joanne and beams a deserved positive light on the trading standards profession as a whole.”


1. The Keith Hughes Awards were established in memory of Detective Constable Keith Hughes, a financial investigator with the former National Crime Squad, who died from cancer in July 2003. The awards recognise excellence in financial investigation and the successful application of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and money laundering legislation.
2. The Awards are open to all accredited financial investigators (AFIs) and prosecutors using POCA in the UK, excluding Scotland. Awards can be given in individual and team categories for AFIs and individual prosecutors. To be considered, nominees must demonstrate success in the core criterion and success in at least one of the additional criteria.

3. 'Payback - taking the cash out of crime' is the brand owned by the Criminal Finances Board, which is made up of representatives from 15 different government departments and law enforcement agencies. Payback incorporates a multi-agency approach sharing best practice in using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to reduce crime in the UK through asset recovery, taking millions of pounds out of the criminals' hands.
4. For further information contact the Payback Communications Office on 020 7979 5363 or email