Lisa Osofsky became Director of the SFO on 28 August 2018.
A dual US/UK national, Lisa has over 30 years’ experience pursuing and protecting against financial crime, in both the public and private sectors.
She began her career working as a US federal prosecutor, taking on white collar crime cases including defence contractor and bank frauds, money laundering and drug related conspiracies. She spent five years as Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Officer at the FBI and was seconded to the SFO whilst a Special Attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Division. She was also called to the Bar in England and Wales.
Lisa has worked for Goldman Sachs International as their Money Laundering Reporting Officer and spent seven years in the Corporate Investigation Division of Control Risks, where she advised on compliance issues. Prior to joining the SFO, Lisa worked for Exiger, a global governance, risk and compliance advisory firm, where she served as Regional Leader and Head of Investigations for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Thompson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2016. He served as Interim Director of the SFO from 21 April – 27 August 2018, pending the availability of the new Director to take up the post. An experienced financial investigator, Mark Thompson joined the SFO in 2004. Prior to joining the SFO, Mark 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. He headed the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime Division from 2012 to 2016 and in addition became its Chief Finance Officer in May 2015.
Sara Lawson QC was appointed General Counsel of the SFO as of 1 May 2019. Prior to this she was a barrister based at Red Lion Chambers and had extensive experience prosecuting criminal and regulatory matters on behalf of the government, including the Serious Fraud Office. Before taking Silk in 2017, Sara was Standing Counsel for the Insolvency Service and between 2012 to 2019 was a member of the Government Regulatory A List, prosecuting cases for the Health and Safety Executive, the Office of Rail & Road, and the Environment Agency.
Sanjay Bhandari has had a 29 year career in professional services. He spent the first 15 years of his career as a lawyer specialising in fraud and white collar crime at Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie. He then had a number of leadership roles in forensic technology, compliance and innovation at KPMG and EY, where he was a Partner for 12 years before recently taking up a portfolio career as an independent board member, adviser and charity trustee.
Sanjay is also an active and recognised leader of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies. He is a member of the government sponsored Parker review on ethnicity on UK Boards and is a member of the Premier League’s Equality Standard Independent Panel.
Magnus Falk is a senior adviser to the Financial Conduct Authority. He spent most of his career developing ways to exploit technology to improve business performance, first at Accenture and later at Credit Suisse, where his last role was Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for EMEA countries. He served as deputy Chief Technology Officer to the UK Government in 2014-15.
Emir Feisal was appointed in March 2019. He 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 Court and the Bar Tribunal Adjudication Service.
Alongside his non-executive director commitments, Emir 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.
Martin Spencer was appointed in March 2019. He has a background in economics, business leadership and IT consulting. Martin is currently Senior Vice President at NTT DATA and has held a number of leadership roles in both the UK and across Europe with KPMG Consulting and Capgemini. He was previously a Director at Detica where he consulted on international business, technology, data analytics and fraud detection.
Martin also sits as a non-executive director on the boards of the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.
Declaration of interests for Non-Executive Directors are available in the transparency section.