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Alasdair

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Alasdair McLaren is a Client Services Director with First Names Group in Guernsey. 

It did not take Alasdair long to find his true vocation in serving clients directly. Well travelled and well spoken, his warmth and wit are a perfect foil for his superb technical knowledge. His 25 years’ experience in the fiduciary services industry has seen him travel the world to meet with clients and their advisors. Alasdair’s extensive contacts bring real value to his clients and he works hard to develop that network, both inside and outside the Group.

A good goal is like a strenuous exercise, it makes you stretch.

Despite early ambitions to become a full time ski instructor, Alasdair wisely decided to hit the books rather than the slopes. Packing his bags for the University of Aberdeen, he graduated with a Master’s in economics in 1987. With his interest in finance whetted, he completed his training to become a chartered accountant, working for one of the Big Four firms. Further specialisation followed and today he sits on the Guernsey Association of Trustees Committee, is a council member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a member of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and is the immediate past chair of the STEP Guernsey Branch.

Alasdair is not constrained by routine. Always the first to view challenges from a different angle he is confident that he can find a suitable solution – or knows someone who can! With his easy going attitude and appreciation of all things in life, big and small, Alasdair brings balance to any situation. He enjoys working with Peter Unwin who shares his heritage from the British Virgin Islands and his love of variety.

FIRST FUN FAIR JOB: ROLLER COASTER OPERATOR 

Alasdair’s love of the outdoors is well documented. His notable achievements include qualifying as a ski instructor (impressive) and once winning the father’s race at his son’s school (important). Perfectly at home in the countryside, he devotes his time to family tasks, only occasionally sneaking off for a spot of surfing on his own.