Tributes pour in from industry leaders for one of the most prominent figures in the fight against fraud 

AXA’s head of fraud, Richard Davies has died after a long battle with cancer.

Seen as one of the largest figureheads in the fight against fraud, Davies also served as a board member and technical board chairman at the Insurance Fraud Bureau, which he helped set up.

Richard Davies

Davies also held roles at the ABI, where he served as the chairman of the financial crime committee, and more recently, at the University of Portsmouth, where he took charge of the Academic Steering Group in the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies.

He was also a longstanding friend and supporter of the Insurance Times Fraud Charter, and its role in providing a forum for fraud prevention professionals. 

Tributes pour in

Bertrand Poupart-Lafarge, interim CEO and CFO of AXA UK said: “We were extremely saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Richard, who passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was hugely well respected and liked throughout the industry and will be missed. The thoughts of everyone at AXA are with his family.”

Carpenters Group director, Donna Scully tweeted earlier, describing Davies as “a great friend” while sharing a tribute she wrote about him earlier this year.

Amanda Blanc, former chief executive at AXA also tweeted, labelling Davies an ”inspiration” and “a wonderful human being.”

And Martin Ashfield, technical claims director at AXA UK said that he was “shocked and somewhat numb” at hearing the news.

Rest in peace, Richard Davies.