Alex McLaren, director of forensic accountancy services with BTG Forensic Scotland, has been elected vice-president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in the UK.
McLaren joined BTG Forensic, a division of insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor, in 2009 and now heads up the fraud team which quantifies the value of claims and provides advice on complex financial issues.
He said: “My aim is to help the Association grow its membership in Scotland and encourage more professionals to join this unique group in the global fight against fraud.”
“Fraud is now a major issue and in 2009, because of the recession and the absence of proper controls, reported fraud increased by a massive 670 per cent and that’s just the tip of the iceberg as much of it goes uncovered and isn’t reported.”
Julie is a law graduate who qualified with Price Waterhouse in 1994. Julie joined Smith & Williamson in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. With Mike Stevenson, Julie set up Middleton Partners offices in Salisbury and Southampton, both of which are now part of Begbies Traynor.
Julie is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the None Administrative Receivers Association and is a Fellow of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Julie deals with all aspects of Corporate Recovery and turnaround work and takes all form of personal insolvency appointments.