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Patrick Cunningham

Mr Patrick Cunningham, ATMIA Africa Region, South Africa


Pat is the Managing Member of Cerberus Risk Consultants engaged in financial crime prevention, corporate governance, risk management and ethics awareness, anti-money laundering training and workshops throughout Africa as well as offering employee screening services.

He retired at the beginning of 2011 as Executive Director of the South African Fraud Prevention Service, a position he held from 2000 when he was appointed to start the service by the major banking and retail credit grantors in South Africa. 

Pat is the part time Executive Director for Africa and the Middle East for the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)

He is also a Director of 360 Global, a UK based company associated with the insurance claims industry. 

Pat holds a degree in law, an associate degree in Risk Management and is a retired Fellow of The Society of Risk Managers (South Africa). He has also attended Senior Management programmes at Stellenbosch University Business School as well as programmes in criminal law at University of KwaZulu Natal.

Pat was born in the UK, and went to Zimbabwe in 1963 and then to South Africa in 1979 to join the Sentrachem Group.

In 1984 Pat joined the Boumat Group of companies and spent 12 years as Group Risk Manager before joining South African Breweries as Divisional Risk Management Consultant in SAB’s South African Beer Division. He left SAB to start the South African Fraud Prevention Service.

He has been a guest lecturer on Corporate Governance at several Business Schools and educational institutions.  He has developed workshops and presented programmes in London, Sydney, Nairobi, Kampala, Lusaka, Accra, Dar es Salaam, Victoria Falls, Johannesburg, Windhoek, Gaberone and Cape Town as well as to the Lesotho Revenue Authority, the Social Services Commission of Namibia and The Reserve Bank of Botswana.

In December 2008 he presented a paper on identity crime in the Southern African context at the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme in Courmayeur, Italy and which was later published in the official journal of ISPAC.

He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes both in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Africa generally with regard to fraud prevention and has been regularly quoted in the South African print media. Pat is listed in the prestigious publication Who’s Who in Southern Africa and he is the recipient of the Spirit Award from the Bank of America. 

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