The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed Emir Feisal and Martin Spencer to join its board as non-executive directors.
Both were appointed following an open competition and join existing directors Ruth Evans and Tony Osbaldiston.
Feisal is a chartered accountant and fraud examiner and 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.
Alongside his non-executive director commitments, he also 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.
Spencer has a background in economics, technology consulting and business transformation and is currently senior vice president at NTT DATA, a global IT services business that delivers some of the world’s largest digital infrastructure and transformation projects.
Previously Spencer has held UK and European leadership roles with Capgemini and KPMG Consulting. He was also a director at Detica, the international business and technology consulting firm specialising in data analytics and information intelligence. He is also a non-executive director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.
Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky, said: “I am delighted that Martin and Emir are bringing their experiences and perspectives to our board. 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. Emir and Martin have already suggested some new ways of thinking about old problems. I welcome them to the SFO.”