First Names Group is delighted to announce that Client Services Director, Alasdair McLaren, has been appointed as Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in Guernsey. Alasdair’s appointment comes after fellow Client Services Director, Lorraine Wheeler, was elected Chair of STEP Jersey last year.

STEP is a professional body for trust and estate professionals worldwide, providing its members with a local, national and international learning and business network. First Names Group is proud to be in the unique position of providing both branch chairs in the Channel Islands.

With over 25 years’ experience in the fiduciary industry, Alasdair has been an active member of the STEP Committee locally for many years. He sits on the STEP Council nationally and has previously served as Treasurer. He is also a committee member of the Guernsey Association of Trustees.

Alasdair replaces Paul Hodgson, Managing Director of Butterfield Trust, who has now completed his four-year term. The new appointment is effective immediately.

Alasdair comments:

“I am excited to become the new Chair of STEP Guernsey in what is a challenging time for trust practitioners. We are fortunate in having a hard-working and dedicated committee. I’d like to express my gratitude to Paul for all his hard work over the previous years. My principal aim is to build upon the solid foundations of the branch laid by my predecessors.”