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Intelligent Expansion

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| October 10th 2008

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Intelligent Expansion

All three were formerly members of the senior management team at RSM Bentley Jennison’s Business Integrity & Investigations Service and will be based in the firm’s Manchester office.

Paul joins BTG Intelligence with considerable experience in the fraud and investigations arena, having been involved in the fields of audit, risk management and fraud prevention, detection and investigation for many years. He has worked with clients across the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Paul is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as well as an MIIA qualified auditor. He also holds a Doctorate in terrorism and security studies.

Carol is also an ACFS and CFE, as well as being a Certified Fraud Specialist. She spent several years as a Deputy Audit & Investigations Manager with Whitbreads Plc, subsequently followed by a role as a Senior Investigations Manager working across the public sector. Carol’s area of specialism is anti money laundering training and reviews.

In addition to being an ACFS and a PIIA trained auditor, Kevin spent several years as a senior auditor working in both the corporate and public sector. More recently, he has undertaken the role of a Business Integrity & Assurance Manager, assisting clients with preventative anti fraud and security advice. One of his current areas of specialism is business continuity training, planning and reviews.

Said Mike Wright, partner at BTG Intelligence:

“BTG Intelligence has gone from strength to strength and in Paul, Carol and Kevin we have three extremely experienced team members who will take us even further as we expand our portfolio of services.

“We have seen a growth in the number of new instructions as corporate intelligence is increasingly recognised to be a key element of business transactions and in insolvency situations.”

Paul commented:

“I plan to use my expertise to further develop and expand the division’s current offering with a range of fraud and risk management services.

“Increasing fraud awareness is a real priority and we will work with our clients to support current anti-fraud resources and strengthen their defences.

“A large number of UK businesses would benefit from an anti-fraud and corruption health check as well as an efficiency review of their in-house investigation functions.”

Paul, Carol and Kevin have recently been involved in a number of investigations and security reviews in both the UK and Europe for SMEs and PLCs, as well as investigations in locations as diverse as Central America and West Africa for organisations such as a large international charity and a UK Crown Agency.

Other experience includes;
- Consultancy projects for the UN’s World Food Programme based in Rome.
- Review of Security Contracts (worth £100m equivalent) for the 2006 Asian Games.
- A comprehensive, organisation-wide Fraud Risk Management Consultancy review of a Crown Agency based in Scotland.
- Providing training and mentoring on fraud, investigation techniques, money laundering and security/business continuity topics for both clients and professional bodies such as CIMA, CIPFA and the Fraud Advisory Panel.


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David Abbott

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David joined Begbies Traynor in 2004 originally working in one of their regional offices.  In 2006 he moved to the London office to help set up a specialist team focusing on creditor side assignments in the guise of Independent Business Reviews and Independent Solvency Reviews.  David has 18 years’ experience in the accounting profession and prior to joining Begbies Traynor has worked in a number of Top 50 London based partnerships.

As well as business reviews and independent solvency reviews, hands on turnaround assignments have also been one of David’s main focuses. This has generally been in support of high street clearing banks.

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